Don’t kick ‘Slumdog’ to the rear

Dev Patel, left, and Anil Kapoor in "Slumdog Millionaire."

Dev Patel, left, and Anil Kapoor in "Slumdog Millionaire."

Feeling bad about America’s economic woes? Then settle into a screening of “Slumdog Millionaire,” director Danny Boyle’s fresh and inventive tale of a parentless Indian boy named Jamal who becomes a contestant on that country’s version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”

Despite little formal education and a young adulthood spent in poverty, Jamal is doing well on “Millionaire” when he is hauled off by police and interrogated on suspicion of cheating. And, as Jamal explains how he knew the answers to the show’s questions, police officials and moviegoers get a playback of his tragic-yet-fascinating life. They also learn of his lifelong, unrequited love for a beautiful girl named Latika.

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