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Bollywood Hollywood

Bollywood Hollywood (2003)

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Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 13

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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After making a string of social commentaries, Canadian director Deepa Mehta satirizes India's beloved genre in the lighthearted romantic musical Bollywood/Hollywood. Indo-Canadian millionaire Rahul (Rahul Khanna) goes against the wishes of his mother and grandmother to date the Caucasian pop star Kimberly (Jessica Paré); however, she gets killed in an accident and he is left devastated. His mother (Moushumi Chatterjee) seizes the opportunity and announces that he must get engaged to an Indian

Aug 23, 2005

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All Critics (51) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (27) | DVD (3)

Mehta manages to make her film not only palatable, but a real pleaser.

March 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Does precisely what Bollywood movies should do: It engages us with its joyousness and silliness and its unflagging commitment to surface attractions.

December 12, 2003
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Not authentic Bollywood, not polished enough to pass for Hollywood and not edgy enough for indie film fans.

November 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Though neither big nor slick, it's a joyful, feel-good spoof that makes you want to run out and rent a real Bollywood musical.

October 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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A musical comedy that's mirthless and barely musical.

October 3, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Less a pastiche of the cinematic conventions of both 'woods than it is My Big Fat Greek Wedding in a sari.

October 3, 2003
Washington Post
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A contrived contraption, with more than a hint of desperation in its clueless anxiousness to be an audience winner along the lines of My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

November 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

While the musical numbers that season "Bollywood" are brimming with color and enthusiasm, they're not exactly overflowing with technical competence.

November 20, 2003
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

What starts as an examination of the common cliches of Hollywood and Bollywood ends up being condescending to both.

November 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

When the music stops, so does the magic. The film loses its footing with flat deliveries of dialogue from most of the cast.

October 31, 2003 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Clearly designed to appeal to fans of both the Indian and American houses of filmmaking. Unfortunately, it's so inept that it may appeal to neither.

October 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

An escort gets paid to play the part of the rich guy's girlfriend - it's Bollywood's answer to Pretty Woman... Is Bollywood/Hollywood jolly-good fun? Almost.

October 10, 2003 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Bollywood/Hollywood, like this spring's slightly better cultural hodgepodge The Guru, simply offers no compelling reason to fork over your movie dollars.

October 8, 2003 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

Mehta can't decide whether she's making a spoof of Indian cinema or a straightforward romantic comedy.

October 3, 2003 Full Review Source: E! Online
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Audience Reviews for Bollywood Hollywood

Bollywood meets Pretty Woman.

In case you don't know what Bollywood is. It is the type of film made in India involving melodrama and over-the-top dance numbers. This movie thinks it is clever because it takes those themes and mixes it with a 'hollywood' plot.It's not clever, it's not funny, it's not wink wink funny either. The jokes are not funny. The actors do a terrible job. The dancing is just too ridiculous. Half a star for each breast of the escort girl who, of course, has a heart of gold, and another half for Rockini.
December 6, 2006
DrZeek

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A good film to watch.
November 24, 2007
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