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Towelhead

by DeAnn Welker September 11, 2008 12:21 pm
Towelhead You've likely heard of Towelhead [especially if you read our Fall Awards Bait gallery]: It's that movie that had advocacy groups raising a stink about the title, even though it was based on the novel of the same name. Based on the trailer, it looks like the movie's going to be good enough to rise above the controversy, just as you'd expect from Alan Ball. Towelhead centers on Jasira, who has a Lebanese father (you might recognize him under all that fake hair and makeup as art teacher Olivier in Six Feet Under) and an American mom. She also has a black boyfriend, but is ultimately told by her dad not to see him. Because, see? Americans are not the only people who are racist. So instead she appears to start dating a 40-year-old (Aaron Eckhart), but I'm guessing her dad's not going to like this either. Jasira is 13, after all. In fact, much of the trailer involves her dad taking her shopping for tampons, which we'll assume is not the movie's strongest moment considering that Alan Ball, who created Six Feet Under and the new series True Blood -- not to mention penning (and winning an Oscar for) American Beauty, is at the helm.

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