NPR’s Mark Jenkins reviews MNIK
The film was shot partially in the U.S., but also in India, and some scenes meant to be the former are clearly the latter. Similar problems dog the script, which can be ingenious, yet is often detached from American reality.
The story includes barely veiled references to such recent U.S. infamies as Abu Ghraib and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, handled in a way that suggests only superficial knowledge of them. The movie is most jarringly clueless when depicting African-American Southerners, who seem modeled on minstrel-show stereotypes.
Despite the lead actor’s best efforts, the characterization of Asperger’s syndrome is also dubious. My Name Is Khan makes Rain Man look like an official case study.
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