Sorry, Haters The gaga, low-budget DV drama Sorry, Haters proposes that Phoebe (Robin Wright Penn), an American music-video TV staffer in melting-pot New York City, would go… Sorry, Haters The gaga, low-budget DV drama Sorry, Haters proposes that Phoebe (Robin Wright Penn), an American music-video TV staffer in melting-pot New York City, would go… 2006-03-01 Unrated PT83M Drama Robin Wright Sandra Oh IFC Films
Movie Review

Sorry, Haters (2006)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
HER NEW YORK STATE OF MIND IS... CRAZY A woman still reeling from 9/11 is a cabbie's nightmare fare
HER NEW YORK STATE OF MIND IS... CRAZY A woman still reeling from 9/11 is a cabbie's nightmare fare
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Limited Release: Mar 01, 2006; Rated: Unrated; Length: 83 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Robin Wright; Distributor: IFC Films

The gaga, low-budget DV drama Sorry, Haters proposes that Phoebe (Robin Wright Penn), an American music-video TV staffer in melting-pot New York City, would go out of her way to involve Ashade (Tunisian actor-director Abdellatif Kechiche), a Syrian-born Muslim NYC taxi driver, in a paranoid payback fantasy shaken loose in the troubled woman's mind following the catastrophe of 9/11. Ashade's fault is that he happens to pick up Phoebe as a customer. (He's got enough problems: His brother is imprisoned at Guantánamo.) Phoebe's fault is that she's mad as a hatter, a condition that first presents itself when she demands that the driver schlepp her out to New Jersey so she can stalk some guy. Before long, the chick has ruined Ashade's life, in a climax of outrageous proportions.

That Penn and Kechiche are so committed to their roles only makes writer-director Jeff Stanzler's film more of a conundrum. The movie is cross-eyed with fuzzy thinking; it's also an interesting, if wacko, artistic response to world events. Sorry as Sorry, Haters is, I don't think its preposterousness is a complete dealbreaker.

Originally posted Mar 15, 2006 Published in issue #869 Mar 24, 2006 Order article reprints
Advertisement

From Our Partners