|Miramax Films | Release Date: April 14, 2000||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
The actor (Puri) and the film make something fine, winning and memorable.
Get your titles straight -- this is the good one, and a roaring good time.
There is some meandering, episodic raggedness to the plotting, but Khan-Din's dialogue has a fine, naturalistic flow, and the young, debuting director O'Donnell, who's neither English nor Pakistani but Irish, skillfully keeps the material from showing too clearly its theatrical origins. Read full review
East Is East is "The Full Monty" of 2000, a fresh, funny and poignant film filled with sparkling performances.
A robust family comedy that saves its wildest moments for a climactic "get-together."
May be the funniest movie about parental and spousal abuse ever made.
He (Puri) is one of the most consistently excellent film actors that his country - or the world - has produced. And East is East, a grand cultural hybrid, is a real movie, too - raw, funny and wonderfully mixed up.
O'Donnell has a fine eye for the small details of life and the movie feels rich, warm and real .
This engaging ensemble comedy that could have been called ''Father Doesn't Know Best.''
Plays like "The Honeymooners" might have if Ralph Kramden were from Pakistan, but with less laughs and more ignorant spite.
Unwisely bills itself as a comedy.
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