Slumdog Millionaire.

So it was emotionally manipulative and the last act was pretty schmaltzy (“It was like a movie directed by Denzel Washington,” said a friend), but it worked. And worked pretty well, even though by all rights it shouldn’t have.

And for a shameless crowd-pleaser, it went to some pretty dark places.

Also? Freida Pinto.

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Gene "G.D." Demby is the founder and editor of PostBourgie. In his day job, he blogs about race and ethnicity for National Public Radio. He is a native of South Philly and reads and writes and runs and rants. You can follow him on Twitter or subscribe to him on Facebook.

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