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Monsoon Wedding (2002)

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95

Average Rating: 7.9/10
Reviews Counted: 119
Fresh: 113 | Rotten: 6

An insightful, energetic blend of Hollywood and Bollywood styles, Monsoon Wedding is a colorful, exuberant celebration of modern-day India, family, love, and life.

95

Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 2

An insightful, energetic blend of Hollywood and Bollywood styles, Monsoon Wedding is a colorful, exuberant celebration of modern-day India, family, love, and life.

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Average Rating: 3.8/5
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Movie Info

Following up on her controversial erotic drama Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, Mira Nair directs this charming family drama about a very chaotic Indian wedding. Lalit Verma (Naseeruddin Shah) is a wealthy father who is trying to see that his daughter Aditi's wedding goes off without a hitch. Though familiar with Western ways, he has little patience with them and is dead set on seeing the nuptials done properly and traditionally. Disillusioned with her long time relationship with Vikram -- a man who

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

Sabrina Dhawan

Sep 24, 2002

$13.7M

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A late radical shift in tone, from jittery exuberance to ruinous alienation, strikes an impressive contemporary note amid all the obeisance to custom.

June 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Nair's stereotype-shattering movie -- like the polymorphous culture it illuminates -- borrows from Bollywood, Hollywood and cinema verite, and comes up with something exuberantly its own.

August 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsweek
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Splashy, noisy and downright fun.

June 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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The impression of cosmopolitan modern India, of diaspora lives thrown into collision and collusion, is engaging in itself, but the emotional optimism here is the most heartening aspect of this vivacious film.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A feel-good picture in the best sense of the term.

August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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A movie to fall in love by and with, a wedding to unite both the two film families and the dazzled multicultural movie audiences who watch them.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Mira Nair's most colorful and most fully realized film

October 5, 2012
EmanuelLevy.Com

Not content to merely direct traffic of intersecting characters, Mira Nair never lets the scurrying ensemble lag or their stories flag. "Monsoon Wedding" is one of the most culturally savory, joyously exotic comedies since "Strictly Ballroom."

September 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

Much of the movie's incidental fun comes from acute little observations and clever set-pieces.

June 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

... among the most universal of films

March 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

A big, galloping party movie in which the party in question is a clear metaphor for the world.

December 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

An optimistic and luscious film.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Strongly infused with an unmistakably exotic Bollywood flair while addressing themes and concerns that are universal-namely, the bonds of family and, most importantly, love.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Um filme alegre, colorido e fascinante.

July 25, 2003
Cinema em Cena

The romantic comedy even goes into somber territory, but it never loses its grasp of tone or its undenying beauty.

May 3, 2003
Billings Outpost (Montana)

Es una de esas películas de las que uno sale reconfortado, agradecido, genuinamente sorprendido.

April 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

The best day out you'll have this year.

March 26, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

It's not just a touching, funny, multi-layered drama; it's an exuberant love poem to a city and a culture in transition.

February 16, 2003 Full Review Source: All Movie Guide
All Movie Guide

Superbly acted, gorgeously photographed, enjoyable and engaging drama by Mira Nair, with a terrific soundtrack to boot -- the perfect Hollywood/Bollywood crossover film.

October 30, 2002 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Monsoon Wedding is not to be missed.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

so alive and colorful (both literally and metaphorically) that it's easy to overlook its formulaic nature

October 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Una delicia, una cinta obligada y algo de lo mejor que se ha visto en mucho tiempo.

October 8, 2002
Cinenganos

Audience Reviews for Monsoon Wedding

A slow-burn that by the end, has you completely enraptured - it's unfortunate that this film doesn't seem to be seen as more than a love story, there's really a lot going on here. The way the film gets past arranged marriage and works its way into love is simplistic but beautiful, and the low-class love story is also incredibly charming, but perhaps most importantly, this film may have cast the mold for the "Family Secret Revealed In Stress Of Wedding Movie." The subplot with the eldest cousin and the uncle might be the strongest aspect of the film, and it adds a crushing reality to the supposed beauty of a wedding. If you liked Rachel Getting Married or Margot at the Wedding, look back to this film: it broke the ground, and more than that, it will take you away to India for an hour or two. Good for a lot of reasons.
February 18, 2012
danperry17

Super Reviewer

Good story set in India about a large family and their daughter who is to have an arranged marriage. This is one of the more positive stories of that scenario - not what you normally see, where someone is being forced to marry and is unhappy. There is still plenty of trauma here, so don't let that put you off - it is not a normal romantic wedding movie, although there is some romance in it. I found this one very hard to put in a box as it is quite unique. Beautiful to look at also, I loved all the beautiful orange flowers that seemed to run a theme through this. It also shows a lot of India. It is a little hard to get into at first, but it is worth it, and the Bollywood style singing is at a minimum, so actually quite enjoyable when it does happen. Give it a go!
November 17, 2010
romy861

Super Reviewer

Fabulous in the sense that it paints a wonderful palette of dynamics in an Indian family. It's not too culture-centric so the mainstream can appreciate it too, the conflict is serious but not too heavy, and you can feel the love just seeping throughout each crack. "Rachel Getting Married" without the psychosis. I kinda wish there were songs though. Just because it's Indian.
November 7, 2009
jennifxu

Super Reviewer

Given how long I've heard folks talk about this one, I can't quite understand why I've never seen it, but I'm very thankful I finally did. Beautiful! Multiple love stories that all work well together. A great look at one culture's approach to the whole wedding ceremony. I'm now definitely in love with Tillotama Shome : ) Alice, you knock me out. The only thing that's a half-star jarring for me, is the child predator angle. I mean, I think the film works without that. This is a must-see.
February 2, 2009
binky013

Super Reviewer

    1. Lalit Verma: These are my children, and I will protect them from myself even if I have to.
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