Sammy And Rosie Get Laid

  • 1987
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama

Director Stephen Frears and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi, the team that produced the splendid MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE, join forces again to provide a cynically humorous and apocalyptic portrait of life in Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's England. Sammy (Ayub Khan Din) and Rosie (Frances Barber), a young interracial married couple, lead a bohemian existence...read more

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Director Stephen Frears and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi, the team that produced the splendid MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE, join forces again to provide a cynically humorous and apocalyptic portrait of life in Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's England. Sammy (Ayub Khan Din) and Rosie (Frances

Barber), a young interracial married couple, lead a bohemian existence in a marginal London neighborhood. Theirs is a relationship based on "freedom plus commitment," meaning that they sleep with whomever they want but still love each other. Into this genially amoral world comes Sammy's father,

Rafi Rahman (Shashi Kapoor, a huge star in India), a charming rogue who has not seen his son in years. Having made a fortune in his murderous political dealings in Pakistan, Rafi has returned to transfer his wealth into his son's account on the condition that Sammy and Rosie buy a house in a

respectable part of England and that they supply him with a grandson. Though he has blood on his own hands, Rafi is appalled by the violence, squalor, and social unrest. The beloved London of his youth has become a living hell in his eyes. Sammy and Rosie's friends disapprove of Rafi's political

sins while he is revolted by their "perverted" sexuality and left wing views. Only the strikingly handsome mulatto street person named Danny (Roland Gift, lead singer for the Fine Young Cannibals)--but who prefers to be called "Victoria"--looks up to Rafi and follows him around town. However,

before long, the charismatic scoundrel's old crimes come back to haunt him.

SAMMY AND ROSIE GET LAID is a biting satire that does its best to achieve screenwriter Kureishi's stated aim to "get as much filth and anarchy into the cinema as possible." In addition to literate hardhitting scripting and smooth direction, the movie is features excellent performances. However,

this is a case where a film is simply too ambitious. Kureishi does an admirable job of juggling numerous balls in the air for the first half of the film--dealing with issues of politics, class, drugs, and interracial strife and attraction--but he becomes less graceful in the film's second half

after a bravura triple split screen sex scene. Matters become increasingly contrived as the film collapses in exhaustion from thematic overload. Still it's a fairly impressive achievement as a whole.

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  • Released: 1987
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Director Stephen Frears and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi, the team that produced the splendid MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE, join forces again to provide a cynically humorous and apocalyptic portrait of life in Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's England. Sammy (A… (more)

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