East Is East

East Is East

DVD - 2000
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Two English bachelors just want to have the time of their lives, but their plans run into a rough spot when their traditional father (George "Genghis" Khan) secretly arranges their marriages.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Miramax Home Entertainment, [2000]
ISBN: 9780788824135
0788824139
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 96 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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snowish
Oct 13, 2015

This movie is presented as comedy, but it is not. There are hilarious moments here and there, but overall the family's situation is not a laughing matter. Dad is unable/unwilling to assimilate, and mom is locked in a cycle of domestic abuse. All dad cares about is what the Pakistani community may think of him, without any regard to his family's wellbeing.

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Nursebob
Aug 01, 2015

Starting off as a dry comedy of manners highlighting the cultural differences inherent in one immigrant family, Damien O’Donnell’s slice o’life drama slowly moves into more serious territory as issues of domestic abuse, xenophobia, and racial identity begin to rise above the laughs. It’s not that Khan is an unreasonable despot, nor that his kids are consigned to becoming delinquents, but after thirty-four years he is still very much a stranger in a strange land while his children have embraced the values of the only country they have ever known—even if the colour of their skin gets them barred from the odd club now and then. As husband and wife the great Om Puri and Linda Bassett are perfectly matched with his broken English and eccentric ways gaining little ground against her working class sensibilities. The rest of the cast, most reprising their roles from the original stage play, are spot on as young adults precariously balanced between two worlds. A rather bittersweet ending is sure to make western audiences feel more comfortable in their seats but Ayub Khan-Din’s screenplay adaptation still offers an illuminating glimpse into a reality few of us have ever encountered.

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ilovewhippets
Jun 19, 2013

Really Enjoyable Movie. Very good story. Lots of cultural drama, and humour involved in the bi-racial family, living in Europe. Realistic and easy to identify with. I recommend it.

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pinky0203
Feb 23, 2013

Parents are always trying to influence their children, whatever their ethnic origin.

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