Today's Special (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes

Today's Special (2010)



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Samir (Aasif Mandvi, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, THE LAST AIRBENDER) is a sous chef who dreams of becoming the head chef at an upscale Manhattan restaurant. When he is passed over for a promotion he impulsively quits and lets his co-worker Carrie (Jess Weixler, TEETH) know that he intends to go to Paris and apprentice under a master French chef. Dreams must be put aside though after his father Hakim (Harish Patel, RUN FAT BOY RUN) has a heart attack and Samir is forced to take over Tandoori Palace, the nearly bankrupt family restaurant in Jackson Heights. Samir's relationship with his parents and his heritage is immediately put to the test. He has been estranged from his father since the death of his older brother, and his mother Farrida, (played by legendary cookbook writer and actor, Madhur Jaffrey), is consumed with finding a wife for her remaining son. While Samir is being forced to forsake his dreams, he is desperately trying to master Indian cooking to salvage the family business. Luckily, he crosses paths with Akbar, a taxi driver, passionate chef, and worldly raconteur (portrayed by the icon of Indian cinema, Naseeruddin Shah, MONSOON WEDDING). Akbar inspires Samir and teaches him to trust his senses more than recipes; to stop measuring his life, and to start truly living it. With Akbar's guidance, Samir has a chance to rediscover his heritage and his passion for life through the enchanting art of cooking Indian food. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Aasif Mandvi, Jonathan Bines
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 20, 2011
Box Office: $0.3M
Inimitable Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Today's Special

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (16)

This full, sweet comedy, adapted by star Aasif Mandvi from an Off-Broadway play, has a city flavor and a wry take on familial obligations.

Full Review… | November 30, 2010
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The film, like a great meal, leaves you wanting more.

Full Review… | November 30, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

An irresistible delight.

Full Review… | November 30, 2010
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Hits all the sentimental clichés of the genre as if they were stops on the No. 7 train.

Full Review… | November 19, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

It's an easy movie to watch, and yet it's just as easy to forget or skip entirely.

Full Review… | November 19, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Charming and mouthwatering...

Full Review… | November 19, 2010
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Today's Special

Very nicely done. An American/Hindi film that was quite a surprise. Makes me want to go find some nice Indian food for dinner...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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– Submitted by Aasif M (3 years ago)

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