|Miramax Films | Release Date: April 14, 2000||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
This engaging ensemble comedy that could have been called ''Father Doesn't Know Best.''
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.
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
O'Donnell has a fine eye for the small details of life and the movie feels rich, warm and real .
East Is East is "The Full Monty" of 2000, a fresh, funny and poignant film filled with sparkling performances.
Get your titles straight -- this is the good one, and a roaring good time.
May be the funniest movie about parental and spousal abuse ever made.
The actor (Puri) and the film make something fine, winning and memorable.
A robust family comedy that saves its wildest moments for a climactic "get-together."
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