Reviewed by: David Criswell, Ph.D.
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|Featuring:||Austin Basis, Nina Bergman, Parvesh Cheena, Sara Foster, Anupam Kher, Jesse Metcalfe, Christian Middelthon, Larry Miller, Al Perez, Anna Maria Pinna, Tara Sharma, Shriya, Brian Vowell, Nouva Monika Wahlgren|
|Producer:||Brass Hat Films, Hyde Park Films, Patrick Aiello, Ashok Amritraj, Debbie Brubaker, Pete Chiarelli, Manu Gargi, Nick Hamson, Elizabeth Ingold, Lars Sylvest|
“The Other End of the Line” is a romantic comedy about an Indian woman who works at a Call Center falling in love with an American advertising agent she has only spoken with over the phone. Eventually she comes to the US on false pretenses to meet him and they fall in love, but when her lie is exposed will their love survive?
If this sounds like a typical romantic comedy, it is. The best thing in this comedy is Bollywood actress Shriya. The funniest parts of the film are early in the movie when we learn that Indian Call centers apparently teach their employees to pretend like they are Americans. Shriya's character is taught how to act and talk American. In one scene they are shown pictures of American celebrities and must learn to identify them. However, once she moves to the USA the film becomes a standard fare American romantic comedy.
The film opens with a near sex scene in what is supposed to be an advertisement for a hotel chain. The head of the hotel chain call it pornography and the viewer will be left with the same impression. This sets the tone for a lot of overt sexual and potty humor throughout the movie. There is one sex scene done under the covers (so to speak) and several foul words (the s--- word mainly). Fortunately, Bollywood star Shriya refused to do a nude scene which the director tried to get her to do. It is testament to Shriya that she outright refused to do the scene. Supposedly the scene was filmed with a body double but that scene was apparently cut from the final print as there is no actual nudity in the DVD I viewed.
My final verdict is that “The Other End of the Line” is a standard Hollywood romantic comedy. It offers nothing terribly new, and families will probably not want to watch this as it is laced with sexual potty humor inappropriate for younger viewers. The best thing about the film was Shriya, and I hope she goes on to achieve better things in Bollywood, if not Hollywood.
Violence: None / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Moderate
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