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It's a Wonderful Afterlife (2010)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Shaun of the Dead meet in this charming and fun comedy romp about an Indian mother taking her obsession with marriage into frighteningly funny territory. Mrs Sethi, a widow, can't bear the thought of her daughter being alone and unhappy. Okay, she's a little plump and opinionated...but she would make a great wife for some lucky man, if only she were given a chance. When Mrs Sethi can no longer stomach the rudeness of families who refuse her daughter, she takes

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (12)

You don't see that many supernatural serial-killer romantic comedies.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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It's a Wonderful Afterlife may be a busy trifle, but it has its good-natured charms and agreeable gross-outs.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Its comic premise seems too silly, and at times, too tedious, to hope for much cross-cultural appeal, despite a fine, committed cast.

October 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Every gag is smothered by the prevailing tone of labored zaniness and generic, plucky "mischief music" alerting discerning viewers to abandon all hope of laughter.

October 7, 2010 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Broad enough to drive a truckload of samosas through, yet achieving the miracle of genuine silliness only through Sally Hawkins' turn as a daffy psychic, this gluttonous ghost story should appeal to Chadha's loyal customers.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Chadha and her team, with their TV-sitcom color palette and quick comic pacing, clearly aren't shooting for plausibility, and audiences in search of a few easy laughs won't be disappointed.

July 6, 2010
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Chadha's recipe for the film appears to be: kooky comic supporting characters, crime, romance and essence of Ealing, together with big chunks of other films. Shame, then, that the result is a bit of a hash; more of a lumpy mish-mash than a tasty masala.

August 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

I found myself laughing more at badly composed scenes, lame make-up, and poor performances than at the humour.

February 3, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

A refreshingly spry romantic comedy that never loses sight of the fact that levity and love, even against the darkest and most unlikely of backdrops, always prevail.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A magical realist comedy about the idealization of state-sanctioned heterosexual coupledom.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The feature doesnít strive hard enough to remain delightfully insane. Instead, Chadha would rather play with broken hearts than entrails. A shame.

October 7, 2010 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

This stodgy supernatural farce is riven with insoluble problems.

August 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Comment (1)
Flicks.co.nz

All the potential for drama and comedy is sacrificed to this totteringly high concept.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Disappointing comedy that fails to find the right tone and is let down by a messy script and a lack of decent laughs, though it does have at least one great moment.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

This film is so scattershot that it's more exhausting than endearing.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

A train wreck romcom.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

These spirits are just gory enough to be out of place in a film that is otherwise designed for fans of bland, creakingly old-fashioned humour.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

It is still probably best appreciated by 12-year-olds, many of whom will love the toilet humour and bursts of extreme silliness that will distract and annoy older viewers.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

With jokes that routinely miss the mark and cringeworthy slapstick, this black comedy farce shouldn't work. Somehow, though, it does.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for It's a Wonderful Afterlife

Harmless fluff which makes little sense and is even less believable but has the ever wonderful Sally Hawkins to light up her scenes, especially a fun 'Carrie' spoof.
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