Slumdog Millionaire

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From the novel Q&A by Vikas Swarup

A young man who grew up in the slums of Mumbai is on the game show, Who Wants to be a Millionaire (the Indian version)…and it’s the last question, for 20 million rupees.

This is one of those word-of-mouth movies that is brilliant and you’ll probably never hear about it unless someone tells you to go see it. A couple of people mentioned to me how much they liked it, and so when I realized that it was payday and we had no plans, I emailed Mr. Otter and said, date? dinner and movie?

Being a good hubs, he said yes, and when I suggested we go see this, he said, sure. So we had an excellent dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant, came home and got our warm clothes on, and walked to the local movie theater.

I had asked him if he wanted to know what this was about. No, he said, that’s okay, we’ll just go.

And we got to the box office, and everyone standing in line in front of us was of an Indian background. And they were all buying tickets for this movie. Mr. Rees was nonplussed. Afterwards he admitted that from the title, he assumed it would be another ‘splodie movie like Boondock Saints. How wrong he was!

Because the movie shows how the young man has gotten to the point of being about to win the biggest show jackpot possible, how an uneducated slum boy could have answered those questions, by showing his life and how each important thing that happened to him happened to be the answer to one of the questions. And we see him and his brother and the girl he loves and loses and everything that happens to them.

And you can find that much out by reading the description on Fandango.com…but I’m not going to tell you any more, except that this is one of the best movies of the year. Beautiful, romantic, exciting, sad, you will LOVE this movie. Mr. Otter and I certainly did.

And he’s certainly pleased he let me pick the movie this time. You’re welcome, Mr. Otter!

Oh, and stay for the credits, they’re GREAT..

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