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The filmmakers joke about situations that will surprise those of us unfamiliar with Indian culture and amuse those who are. Much of the remaining material, however, is trite.
| Original Score: 2/4
The story bogs a bit and seems to run long, but any movie that has cricket and high-energy Indian numbers can't be all bad.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Stereotyped characters, lame jokes.
| Original Score: D
Where's the Party, Yaar? is too corny and drawn-out to appeal to crossover audiences but may strike a nerve in Indian communities.
| Original Score: 2/5
Assembles all the usual stereotypes in one movie.
Filled with wacky humor and inside jokes that may leave Indian audiences rolling in their seat and average Americans sporting a quizzical look.
| Original Score: 3/4
Discretely dismantles caricatures of FOBs with deft send-ups of stock Bollywood leitmotifs.
Mathews has obvious storytelling chops, and a sharp eye for absurdity.
This film clearly understands its target audience of first-generation Indian-Americans and has its pleasures to provide.
| Original Score: 3/5
A charming if inconsistent comic essay on assimilation.
| Original Score: B-
An amiable city mouse/country mouse story.
Town mouse/country mouse isn't exactly the freshest conceit, but the poignancy of the identity issues and the freshness of the cultural glimpses push this film through the occasional slow and/or stale parts.
| Original Score: C+