Americanizing Shelley (2007)





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Hollywood meets Bollywood in director Lorraine Senna's Pygmalion-like tale of a Tinseltown hanger-on who attempts to transform a Himalayan village belle into an A-list American celebrity. Having recently arrived in America to discover the man she was arranged to marry is far from the man of her dreams, Himalayan girl Shalini (Namrata Singh Gujral) sets out to seek her fortune in a foreign land where anything seems possible. Little does Shalini realize that southern-bred west-coast import Rob (Brad Raider) is attempting to make a name for himself in show-business, and has recently been challenged by the CEO of a Hollywood management company (Beau Bridges) pluck a superstar out of thin air. Now, as Shalini becomes Shelley and Rob does his best to school the culturally inquisitive beauty in the ways of Western society, the opportunity to see the world from an entirely different perspective prompts both to reevaluate their lives as love begins to blossom and the quest for fame takes a back seat to romance.
PG (for sensuality and some language)
Comedy , Drama
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Namrata Singh Gujral
as Shalini Singh/Shelley
Beau Bridges
as Gary Gordon
Brad Raider
as Rob Shorwell
RonReaco Lee
as Blaine
Phillip Rhys
as Neil Brar
Wil Wheaton
as Alan Smithee
Erin Hershey
as Nicole
Ajay Mehta
as Jaspal Singh
Noureen DeWulf
as Littly Singh
Tony Yalda
as Happy Singh
Shaheen Khan
as Kirat Singh
Gerry Bednob
as Priest
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Critic Reviews for Americanizing Shelley

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (3)

Americanizing Shelley isn't original, or the least bit believable, but it's so lovingly made that one's usual resistance to such clichés falls away.

Full Review… | June 13, 2007
L.A. Weekly
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A Punjabi Pygmalion, director Lorraine Senna's Americanizing Shelley is a sweet-natured, often charming twist on the assimilation comedy.

Full Review… | May 4, 2007
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With its tired reworking of Pygmalion and stiff, amateurish staging, Americanizing Shelley is clearly all about one thing: Gujral. She's cute, but by the end of this ego trip, she's more insufferable than adorable.

Full Review… | May 4, 2007
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Americanizing Shelley


the ole fish out water tale is redeaux with the fish called shelley (sorry couldn't resist the puns) with an indian girl in the USA-hollywood usa 2b exact!

Gregory Wood
Gregory Wood

this is such a fun film. unusual and entertaining. namrata singh gujral is absolutely gorgeous. it was a fun way t o spend an afternoon.

blue print
blue print

This was barely watchable, and terribly insulting to all participants. Ended up watching last 45 minutes at 8x speed on the DVD and even then it seemed interminable. Don't let the concept fool you, this movie bites.

Dan Wolcott
Dan Wolcott

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