PK (2014)
February 16, 2019 9:26 AM - Subscribe

An alien on Earth loses the only device he can use to communicate with his spaceship. His innocent nature and child-like questions force the country to evaluate the impact of religion on its people.
posted by DirtyOldTown (4 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

I enjoyed this movie SO MUCH. It was really a delight. The way that the film started nearly threw me off, with the slapstick bits that introduced PK/Tipsy and then the long detour into Jaggu and Sarfaraz.

Then when they started in on religion, I had this sinking feeling--almost certainly a result of living through the last 15-20 years and American Christianity's willful split into its own shitty mini-industry--that we were going to get something preachy and treacly. But no! The movie actually turns out to be a genial, but incisive satire of organized religion with maybe a little layer of Being There on top.

It's the kind of pluralist, positive, humanist movie that American cinema seldom has the guts to even attempt in this fractured era and that was rare even before then, outside of the likes of Capra and Sturges.

It's really a treat. Big recommend.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:54 PM on February 16, 2019

(And yes, I am kind of on a kick and am apt to spend the next several weeks continuing to "discover" wildly popular Indian movies most of the world has already seen.)
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:06 PM on February 16, 2019 [3 favorites]

Watch Dangal and 3 Idiots. Amir Khan stars in both movies, and both are as good or maybe better than PK. I watched them on Netflix a few months ago and even my wife loved them too.
posted by ruben at 9:47 PM on February 16, 2019 [2 favorites]

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