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SORRY, HATERS

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An unhappy woman (Robin Wright Penn) who works at an MTV Cribs-style television program called Sorry, Haters hops a New York City cab one night. The driver, Asahe (Abdel Kechiche) is Syrian, and by the ride's end has accepted his fare's offer for help with his family's messy deportation case. A well-connected woman helping a decent guy ensnared in a dilemma that may have been spurred by racism seems like an uplifting story, but the twists soon come fast and furious in Jeff Stanzler's increasingly illogical drama. Haters is an awkwardly constructed character study-cum-thriller that uses the collective atmosphere of post-9/11 New York as a convenient gimmick to explain one individual bit of pathology. Or sort of. Ultimately the viewer is left with a single shocking act, a pas de deux between two characters whose real motivations remain elusive. Harris (AH)

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