Dude, Where's the Party? (2003)



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Before leaving India for college in Houston, Hari (Sunil Malhotra) consults an astrologer, who tells him that he'll meet the woman of his dreams there, that her name will begin with a "P," and that she'll fall from the sky. Hari moves in with friends of the family, the Bakshis, and meets Mo (Kal Penn of American Desi), their slacker son. Mo is a fully assimilated ABCD (American Born Confused Desi), and while he's proud to be Indian, he's ashamed of his socially inept FOB (Fresh Off the Boat) … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Rikesh Patel, Soham Mehta, Benny Mathews, Sunil Thakkar
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 1, 2005
Box Office: $48.8k
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Critic Reviews for Dude, Where's the Party?

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (11)

Town mouse/country mouse isn't exactly the freshest conceit, but the poignancy of the identity issues and the freshness of the cultural glimpses push this film through the occasional slow and/or stale parts.

Full Review… | November 6, 2003
Dallas Morning News
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Assembles all the usual stereotypes in one movie.

September 9, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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An amiable city mouse/country mouse story.

Full Review… | September 5, 2003
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A charming if inconsistent comic essay on assimilation.

Full Review… | September 5, 2003
Houston Chronicle
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This film clearly understands its target audience of first-generation Indian-Americans and has its pleasures to provide.

Full Review… | September 4, 2003
New York Times
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Where's the Party, Yaar? is too corny and drawn-out to appeal to crossover audiences but may strike a nerve in Indian communities.

Full Review… | September 4, 2003
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Dude, Where's the Party?


The movie begins in India, with an aspiring Indian student who dreams of making it big in America. But when he finally enters the USA he begins to realize his cousin is ashamed to have a cousin who's from India.
Anyone who's been an immigrant can identify with that "stranger in a strange land" feeling. It captures the tensions between the assimilated and the newly arrived very well (as well as between the hip and the un-cool). The stereotyping in this movie is hilarious, it's just good olé racial funnies that I can relate to. Light hearted comedy not to be taken seriously.

Deb S

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