Critic Consensus: Outsourced is a charming and lighthearted comedy that appeals because of its timeliness and strong cast of likeable characters.
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Critic Reviews for Outsourced
In the hands of a lesser director, the secondary characters, including Todd's matronly Indian landlady, might have been mere caricatures. Smart production design and camerawork enhance the sense of authenticity.
A frothy romantic comedy that makes a serious point about the arrogance of treating human beings from around the world as interchangeable economic units.
A sweet if predictable variation on the premise of the ugly American, redeemed by Hamiton's dry performance, some nice comic turns by the Indian supporting cast, and a droll script by Jeffcoat and George Wing.
Jeffcoat handles the ostensible cultural differences gingerly. The movie's approach to globalism is to play everything small and keep everybody human.
...even if we aren't pumping our fists in the air, we're rooting for the characters with an agreeable 'namaste' vibe that feels earned rather than forced upon us.
Audience Reviews for Outsourced
Not bad. I liked the setting in India, although I have to admit, it doesn't make me want to go there! Not glamourous at all, although some of it is pretty.
I have only seen one episode of the sit com based on it, so I can't really comment on if this is better or not (I honestly can't remember a lot about the episode). It is a similar story to The Other End of the Line, which I also watched quite recently. I think this one is a little more realistic, while that one was more romantic, but both good stories. I found this quite funny in places as well. Worth a watch.
Todd: Your name is Manmeet?
A few years before the now popular NBC show, Outsourced, it was first an indie movie. In this post I will compare and decide which is better. Let's start with the TV show. In my opinion, the show is hilarious and features very likable characters. Not only does the show teach you about Indian culture, it also mocks it. Some different characters were added to the show who were not in the movie (The Australian girl, Guupta...).The movie, while has it's differences, is very similar to the show. All of the characters names remain the same, and the Todd-Asha relationship goes on. The big difference between them is that the movie was full of heart and soul and the show is... well a bunch of fart jokes and gags, which I like! But if I had to choose than I'd favor the film over the TV show.
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I can see why this concept inspired a sitcom - very funny! A lot of over-the-top stereotypes, but funny none the less. A different romantic comedy that makes you laugh more than think about the romance!
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