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The Gods Must Be Crazy Review


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Film critics often use these words: "offbeat," "quirky," and "arty." Usually, adjectives like these are movie-critic code for "boring," "pseudo-intellectual," and "stupid." When you see these words in a movie review, that should signal to you that the film probably stinks.

The Gods Must Be Crazy is the rare exception, an offbeat movie that is also brilliant... though not for everyone. It's a little slow-paced, and the comedy is often silly, but if you want to see a movie that is entertaining, sometimes hilarious, and always unique, this is a good one.

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Stander Review


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Johannesburg. The late '70s. Nelson Mandela is still in jail. Cries of "Amandla!" ("Freedom!") still ring from protesters. White police still put down these riots with brutality. Andre Stander (Thomas Jane) is an appalled police captain, complicit in these acts. Stander tells the true story of what happens when he can take no more, with surprisingly tepid results.

The film opens with a brief window on Stander's life. He's just re-married his ex, Bekkie (Deborah Kara Unger). His star is on the rise in the department. All is well. Until he finds himself shooting an unarmed black youth during a particularly bloody demonstration. He can't shake the feeling that the "wrong people" are dying. He resigns from Riot Patrol, only to find that when everyone else is out on that task, "a white man can get away with anything." So he does. As if on a whim, he robs a bank.

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