DIRTY PRETTY THINGS

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Release Date: July 18, 2003

Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Audrey
Tautou, Benedict Wong, and
Sergi Lopez

Genre: Thriller

Audience: Adults REVIEWER: Jerry
Langford DIRTY PRETTY THINGS
is a multi-layered story about
the stark, and often invisible
lives of illegal immigrants in
a free society. The story
exposes the degree of
vulnerability, helplessness,
and victimization immigrants
sometimes suffer.
Acknowledging their illegal
status, the movie subtly
praises them for enduring
hardships and taking great
risks to live in a free
country. As a result, there
are many themes of moral
relativism, spiritual values
and influences from various
cultures, and rationalizations
by the characters for their
criminal status and behavior.
DIRTY PRETTY THINGS also
addresses the disenchantment
immigrants experience once
they realize that living in a
free society does not free
them from being abused or
victimized. In fact, their
status makes them the weakest
and most vulnerable to crimes
and coercion. The plot of
DIRTY PRETTY THINGS centers on
Okwe, a Nigerian doctor forced
to flee his own country for
mysterious reasons. He
struggles to work several
menial jobs while doing his
best to help other immigrants
who are victims of their own
actions and an abusive system.
While working the night shift
at a London hotel, Okwe
uncovers a ruthless black
market operation, which
traffics in human organs. He
learns that immigrants are
willingly undergoing donor
surgery in dirty hotel rooms
in exchange for phony but
convincing citizenship
documents. Legal residence
status is such a priceless
incentive, immigrants will
risk infection or even death
to secure it for themselves or
family members. Okwe, being a
man of conscience and
conviction, turns down money
offered to buy his silence,
but knows that contacting the
police will result in his own
deportation (and likely
death). Complicating matters
greatly, Okwe's friend Senay
(a Turkish immigrant who
values her virginity and
Muslim faith) becomes
emotionally involved with
Okwe's compassion and later
embroiled in the black market
herself. Okwe, along with an
odd assortment of other
immigrants, must work to save
Senay from possible death at
the hands of illegal
surgeons. DIRTY PRETTY THINGS
is, as its title implies, a
character study examining
lovable and dirty people who
make difficult choices which
further sully their own inner
beauty. It is an absorbing
story with likable characters
facing real-life dilemmas. By
the third act, Okwe is placed
in a terrible predicament in
which he must make the best of
a bad situation. The
situational ethics are worthy
of much discussion following
the movie. Unfortunately,
DIRTY PRETTY THINGS is
seriously marred by moral
relativism, which attempts to
argue that the ends justify
the means. Also, the
characters begin to lose
spiritual faith and become
their own saviors for their
problems. While it is a clever
cinematic twist which resolves
the dilemma, and though there
is a wonderfully understated
romantic relationship between
Okwe and Senay, the movie
fails morally on many fronts.
Okwe succeeds in one small
area but fails to stop or slow
the black market trade. Also,
though viewers learn more
about his personal motivations
in the closing scenes, he is
still a man who used corrupt
means to personally benefit
from a corrupt system. The
plight of illegal immigrants
presented in DIRTY PRETTY
THINGS is a deeply moving
story, which should genuinely
motivate Christians to reach
out to these needy and
downtrodden people. The story
constantly reminds us that
they are invisible, often seen
as non-existent or of little
value. Christ died for these
people, and Christians should
be prompted to love them into
His kingdom. Acts of kindness
and compassion will not be
wasted on such needy people.
Remember, the King will reply,
"I tell you the truth,
whatever you did for one of
the least of these brothers of
mine, you did for Me." Please
address your comments to: Bob
and Harvey
Weinstein Co-Chairmen Miramax
Films 375 Greenwich Street New
York, NY 10013 Phone: (323)
822-4100 & (212) 941-3800 Fax:
(212) 941-3846 Website:
www.miramax.com

Rating: R

Runtime: 97 minutes

Distributor: Miramax Films (Buena Vista)

Director: Stephen Frears

Executive Producer:

Producer: Tracey Seaward and Robert
Jones EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:
Paul Smith, David M. Thompson
and Julie Goldstein

Writer: Steve Knight

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Content:

(HH, Pa, B, Ab, FR, LLL, VVV, S, A, DD, MM) Humanist worldview with strong moral relativism themes even though movie defends truth telling and helping others in need, no matter the cost, and man described as an "angel" and virtuous, but same man lies and steals medicines to help others, and commits other crimes to secure phony passports, with immigrants shown living, working and hiding due to illegal status, as well as false religion with Jesus's name used in vain, followed by Muslin woman correcting, "Mohammad" and Muslim man shows sincere appreciation by saying "God is great"; at least 25 obscenities (with 14 "f" words) and 4 profanities; graphic and bloody scenes include human heart found blocking toilet, man in pain with gaping wound, surgical incisions with much blood, man removes kidney in operation, fight scenes, and implication that woman bites man while being forced to perform oral sex; one brief implied sex scene with prostitute (couple clothed), implied oral sex, use of "morning after" pill, followed by friend saying "See, it never happened," but comment rebuked in emotional scene, prostitute talks briefly of clients and work, implied rape (couple clothed), implied forced oral sex scenes (with nothing shown), and doctor helps men infected with sexually-transmitted disease; some cleavage shown, brief scene of woman in underwear, but no nudity; alcohol use; smoking and illegal drug references; and, stealing, lying and illegal immigration.

GENRE: Thriller

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Summary:

DIRTY PRETTY THINGS is a story about the stark, vulnerable and often invisible lives of illegal immigrants in a free society. It is seriously marred by sexual references, foul language and themes of moral relativism where the main character uses corrupt means to personally benefit from a corrupt system.

Review:

DIRTY PRETTY THINGS is a multi-layered story about the stark, and often invisible lives of illegal immigrants in a free society. The story exposes the degree of vulnerability, helplessness, and victimization immigrants sometimes suffer. Acknowledging their illegal status, the movie subtly praises them for enduring hardships and taking great risks to live in a free country. As a result, there are many themes of moral relativism, spiritual values and influences from various cultures, and rationalizations by the characters for their criminal status and behavior. DIRTY PRETTY THINGS also addresses the disenchantment immigrants experience once they realize that living in a free society does not free them from being abused or victimized. In fact, their status makes them the weakest and most vulnerable to crimes and coercion.

The plot of DIRTY PRETTY THINGS centers on Okwe, a Nigerian doctor forced to flee his own country for mysterious reasons. He struggles to work several menial jobs while doing his best to help other immigrants who are victims of their own actions and an abusive system. While working the night shift at a London hotel, Okwe uncovers a ruthless black market operation, which traffics in human organs. He learns that immigrants are willingly undergoing donor surgery in dirty hotel rooms in exchange for phony but convincing citizenship documents. Legal residence status is such a priceless incentive, immigrants will risk infection or even death to secure it for themselves or family members. Okwe, being a man of conscience and conviction, turns down money offered to buy his silence, but knows that contacting the police will result in his own deportation (and likely death).

Complicating matters greatly, Okwe's friend Senay (a Turkish immigrant who values her virginity and Muslim faith) becomes emotionally involved with Okwe's compassion and later embroiled in the black market herself. Okwe, along with an odd assortment of other immigrants, must work to save Senay from possible death at the hands of illegal surgeons.

DIRTY PRETTY THINGS is, as its title implies, a character study examining lovable and dirty people who make difficult choices which further sully their own inner beauty. It is an absorbing story with likable characters facing real-life dilemmas. By the third act, Okwe is placed in a terrible predicament in which he must make the best of a bad situation. The situational ethics are worthy of much discussion following the movie.

Unfortunately, DIRTY PRETTY THINGS is seriously marred by moral relativism, which attempts to argue that the ends justify the means. Also, the characters begin to lose spiritual faith and become their own saviors for their problems. While it is a clever cinematic twist which resolves the dilemma, and though there is a wonderfully understated romantic relationship between Okwe and Senay, the movie fails morally on many fronts. Okwe succeeds in one small area but fails to stop or slow the black market trade. Also, though viewers learn more about his personal motivations in the closing scenes, he is still a man who used corrupt means to personally benefit from a corrupt system.

The plight of illegal immigrants presented in DIRTY PRETTY THINGS is a deeply moving story, which should genuinely motivate Christians to reach out to these needy and downtrodden people. The story constantly reminds us that they are invisible, often seen as non-existent or of little value. Christ died for these people, and Christians should be prompted to love them into His kingdom. Acts of kindness and compassion will not be wasted on such needy people. Remember, the King will reply, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for Me."

Please address your comments to:

Bob and Harvey Weinstein

Co-Chairmen

Miramax Films

375 Greenwich Street

New York, NY 10013

Phone: (323) 822-4100 & (212) 941-3800

Fax: (212) 941-3846

Website: www.miramax.com

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