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My Son the Fanatic

  • Rated R
  • HD and SD formats available

comedy, drama, romance


Parvez is a cab driver who left Pakistan in search of a better life for his family. Now he feels that he is losing his only son, Farid, to the conservative beliefs he abandoned long ago.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    78%
  • Audience Score
    79%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Amy Taubin, Village Voice, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Fresh:

- Derek Adams, Time Out, Thursday, February 9, 2006

Fresh:

- Derek Elley, Variety, Thursday, March 26, 2009

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Why is this movie in the category of Comedy? It had some comedic moments borne out of real life situations, but it is far from a comedy. This film deals with some serious issues. Morality, religion, race, race "mixing," love, honor. It is really quite stirring. I rented this film to watch something light and funny and also because I adore Rachel Griffiths (who is wonderful in this film as she has beein in Me, Myself, I + Muriel's Wedding and, of course, Six Feet Under), but as another rater noted Om Puri is trulythe star. With a family in dissaray, love lost, a son who has become a fanatic in the teachings that he (the Father-Parvez Om Puri]) turned away from as a child...there is chaos in this home. Rachel Griffiths plays the "Hooker with a heart of gold,"...not quite. Not your typical Julia Roberts Pretty woman prostitute-by this I mean a character who is more real. Who has real life problems and dreams and foibles. Parvez, With so many broken hearts and so many parts of a life and family to mend and protect...he had forgotten his own heart. Keep an open mind when you watch. It is a great film,...but it is not a Comedy.

- Camus123, Tuesday, July 17, 2007

3 stars

well-acted snapshot of immigrant integration against a backdrop of revived cultural pride to the point of fanaticism in the subsequent generation. it raises many questions about society, identity and ultimately compassion. griffiths & puri turn in convincing performances, as did a non-so-familiar younger skarsgard.

- catlyst, Sunday, July 1, 2012

4 stars

It was a decent movie. It was hard to understand the main guy most of the time, but it was easy to sympathize with his struggle. Losing his son to radical Islam and having a "dull" wife is hard on a man.

- titanicwhiz18, Friday, February 22, 2008