The Other End of the Line (2008)
Jesse Metcalfe, Shriya Saran, and Anupam Kher star in director James Dodson's lightweight romantic comedy concerning an employee at an Indian call center who travels to San Francisco to be with the man she has fallen in love with over the telephone.
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Critic Reviews for The Other End of the Line
A winning Stateside debut for beautiful Indian actress Shriya Saran.
The Other End of the Line ends up being a five-minute ad for buyer's insurance instead of an interminable interracial, international, intercultural romantic comedy.
The movie is like a glass of Sprite that has been left on the counter too long: transparent, sweet and flat.
By the time the filmmakers have set up all the story lines that will blend for a very long third act, the predictability factor has become all but unbearable.
A feather-light romantic comedy that's laborious when it ought to be effervescent; The Other End of the Line is the latest exchange in an awkward conversation between two film industries.
It's not fair to ask that a romantic comedy be entirely realistic — but some level of plausibility would make the jokes go down easier, as would a touch of delicacy in the writing.
This example of the cross-cultural romance makes the genre seem hopelessly exhausted.
At its simplest level, this is a sweet, if forgettable trifle starring two healthy, bright-eyed young lovers who look great on each other's arm.
Superior to a lot of the bigger-budgeted, starrier-cast romantic comedies that come out of Hollywood...but too lightweight and rough around the edges to amount to anything more than a harmless time-waster.
The film settles into a pattern of predictable romance interspersed, thanks to the antics of Priya's relations, with broad family farce.
The Other End of the Line isn't always convincing on the romance front. As a comedy about culture clash, however, The Other End of the Line works nicely.
Audience Reviews for The Other End of the Line
Sweet movie, something a bit different in a romantic comedy. Not overly convincing, I guess, but so nice that I was able to overlook it.
Story is that Priya works in call centre in India for an American bank. To avoid getting abused, the staff there pretend to be American and that's how she starts talking to Granger, after he has had some fraud on his credit card. In all honesty, Granger is pretty shallow and seems to be a womaniser, so that part didn't really work for me, as I didn't see what beautiful, smart Priya would see in him, really. Pretending to be an American called Jennifer, Granger becomes attracted to her too and asks if they can meet. The obstacle here is, not only is Priya in India, but she is also due to have an arranged marriage.
I liked this enough to suspend my disbelief at the whole situation. Sweet.
Priya Sethi (Shriya Saran) works in a call centre in Mumbai India belonging to CitiOne Bank as a tech support phone operator putting on a perfect American accent as her alter ego, Jessica David. However her daily night shift (to be on the same time zone as the USA) gets frowned upon by her conservative family (Anupam Kher as Dad and Sushmita Mukherjee as Mum) even though she is earning good money.
She strikes up a friendship with one of her customers, Granger (Jesse Metcalf of Desperate Housewives) who was a victim of credit card fraud and the two make a date with Priya pretending to be in San Francisco even though she is actually in India and engaged to the very nice Vickram. Being her dreamer, she decides to go, but under the disguise of her real self, Priya pretending to Granger that the girl he has just met by accident is just a random Indian girl on holiday and not the very girl he has been speaking to on the phone.
A very sweet movie portrayed from Indian angle, that interracial couples will enjoy.It's kind of like Bend It Like Beckham, without the sports, and with an even cuter guy. I enjoyed watching this one despite its flaws (Can Indian citizens get a visa to the USA so quickly and why did he not finish his speech at his best friend's wedding?)
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