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Oleanna Review


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Filmmakers rarely tackle sensitive, controversial subjects. Most of the projects that get kudos (and Oscars) for taking on tough issues are obvious attempts to exploit controversies that have been settled, and in which the politically-correct opinion has pretty much won the day, like the liability of tobacco companies (The Insider).

This is not true, however, of David Mamet's Oleanna, which fearlessly addressed the issues of sexual harassment with the subtlety of a slap in the face. Oleanna was first a play that made theater audiences upset and angry before it became a movie that died at the box office, probably killed by its political content. Opinions have differed about the play/film's effectiveness. This reviewer felt that the film tried a little too hard to make the audience squirm -- but it also forced me to think.

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