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Kino Korner May 20, 2008
 
Summer Guide To Russian Movies
By Yasha Levine Browse author Email
 
 

The Lottery

An outcast transfer student finds love and takes down the school’s cool and mean "Rublyovka" clique with his freestyle rap and beat-box skills.

Cultural Crutch: Heathers meets Zhara by way of Dangerous Minds.

Opens: May 22

The Lottery
The Game

The Game

A film about the glorious triumph of Russia's national soccer team in the 2010 World Cup.

Cultural Crutch: Mighty Ducks meets Rambo II by way of Air Bud: Golden Receiver, with a little bit of Free Willy II: The Adventure Home thrown in for good measure.

Opens: May 29

The Fly

A tough girl from the provinces takes up boxing at a local gym to cope with her impoverished life. She turns out to be a surprisingly good boxer, able to stand her ground during her village’s drunken mass brawls. She’s also a surprisingly good sterva, working up every guy she meets into a rockhard frenzy, including her coach and her African sparring partner.

Cultural Crutch: Million Dollar Baby meets Lilya 4-Ever.

Opens: June 19

The Fly
D Day

D Day

Russian adaptation of Commando. Schwarzenegger is replaced by a beefy Russian, the commando’s American mountain home by a woodsy village in Iran, the hot black stewardess by a fine Russian one, and the Latin American setting by Vladivostok, Russia’s "San Francisco."

Cultural Crutch: None needed, not even command of the Russian language.

Opens: July 3

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