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Mississippi Masala (1991)

tomatometer

100

Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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64

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 7,013

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Mississippi Masala is a tale of how prejudice makes victims and instigators of us all. In 1972, Indian Jay (Roshan Seth), a resident of Uganda, is forced by the bigoted Amin regime to take his family and flee the country. He vows to hate and distrust all blacks--at least until he is able to reclaim the real estate stolen from him by the Ugandan government. Flash-forward to 1990: Jay and his family have settled in Mississippi. Seth's daughter Mina (Sarit Choudhury) makes the acquaintance of

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Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy

May 27, 2003

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (4) | DVD (5)

It may be longwinded here and there, but Mississippi Masala jumps with life.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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An utterly infectious romance between an African American and an Indian African emigre, this seductively funny film measures the pull of roots against the tug of heartstrings.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Surprisingly funny and cheerful at times.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Unlike Lee's Jungle Fever, which also deals with interracial romance, Nair's film is non-judgmental, taking neither moral ground nor faulting any group. Released when national boundaries were crumbling it was a poignant work about the meaning of home.

October 4, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Washington and Choudhury definitely make for an attractive ethnic couple in Nair's cross-cultural love story. However, this staid romancer doesn't escape the distinction of its conventional makeup.

May 28, 2003
TheWorldJournal.com

Challenges us to add more respect and tolerance to America's cultural stew of many colors.

August 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Zesty, spicy, sexy!

August 21, 2002
Zap2it.com

Nair and her screenwriter, Sooni Taraporevala, sometimes lose their focus trying to juggle half a dozen subplots. But it's nice to see a movie with a broad reach.

January 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Movieline
Movieline

This is a film with something to say, something discriminating adults should find both entertaining and enlightening.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Mississippi Masala

There is too much going on in this movie. It is really a masala of three movies. A story about leaving Uganda, a love story, and a story about living in the south. Any one of these stories would have been enough for a movie. But it is still heartwarming and funny. Beautiful shots of Mississippi.
September 18, 2010
juliryan

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Good movie!
May 30, 2007
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