Not Without My Daughter: MGM
Owen Gleiberman
November 02, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

Do you tire of Hollywood’s liberal bent?

Do you ever get sick of Hollywood’s liberal yarns? —Corie

As someone who shares the values of many of those films, my answer is an impassioned ”Yes!” Why can’t we see more of a spectrum of opinion in our topical dramas? If Hollywood could ever live up to what liberalism truly means, then surely our films wouldn’t be locked into such an orthodox set of views on politics or big business, let alone the hot potatoes of sexuality and race. Here’s a lonely counterexample: In 1991, Sally Field starred in Not Without My Daughter, a furious, jarring rabble-rouser about a woman married to an Iranian physician who embraces his fundamentalist past, trapping their daughter in Iran. It was the rare thriller shaded as a conservative, rather than liberal, nightmare, yet in hindsight it presaged today’s raging culture war. (I panned it — too harshly — on ideological grounds.) Should we stamp out movies like that one or see more of them? I know what a free society would do.

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