Movies From the Hat IV #23 – Wendell’s Pick – Pariah (2011)

This is my 2482nd Review

Thanks to Dell from Dell on Movies for this recommendation.

Here are his thoughts on the film.

pariah “Yeah I like girls. But I LOVE boys.” – Mika

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Sep 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A young teenager tries to life her life as a gay woman despite having to hide it from her family and friends.

My Take on it – This was a movie that I knew absolutely nothing about before Dell recommedned it to me and was pleasantly surprised at what it offers.

Not many films deal with the subject matter that this features as well as they do it here.

They explore the kind of life a teenager must live when harboring such a secret from family and everyone else around which leads to much confusion and many lies to those around her.

We can feel the complex situation that she is in and we get the strong impression of her desire to share her secret but also feel her fear that she might expose herself too much if she does reveal it to the wrong people.

We actually get to see the different choices she makes regarding this and the different outcomes shared by different people.

The problem here is not with the film itself but the theme because they only manage to scratch the surface here of such a complex idea that you come away wanting to know more about the characters.

That being said, this is a great attempt to really capture the life of a teen dealing with additional issues than most teens face on a daily basis which can lead to even more confusion.

Bottom Line – Very good exploration of how a teen deals with being different and having to life a dual life in order to keep her secret.  I liked how we get the impression that she doesn’t know who she can trust and confide in and sometimes it pays off and sometimes not. Really feels like it just is able to scratch the surface of such a complex theme. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Remake of the short film with the same title from 2007 (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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3 thoughts on “Movies From the Hat IV #23 – Wendell’s Pick – Pariah (2011)

  1. So glad you enjoyed this. It’s such a complex theme to tackle, it’s difficult for any film to do more than scratch the surface. I do think this one does an admirable job and gives it a pretty good scratch. It’s one of my faves from 2011.


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