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White on Rice (2009)

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"White on Rice" is the comedic story of Jimmy, a misguided 40-year-old divorceé, trying to navigate his way through a new life in America and out of his sister Aiko's basement. Disgraced by his disgruntled brother-in-law Tak, the immature yet adorable Jimmy spends his nights searching for a new wife who shares his love of dinosaurs and geology. Things go horribly wrong when Jimmy falls desperately in love with Tak's niece, the beautiful Ramona, and vows to steal her away from his co-worker Tim. Meanwhile, Bob, Jimmy's nephew and bunk bed-mate harbors a secret talent that holds the key to rekindling the passion in his parents' marriage.

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Cast

Lynn Chen
as Ramona
Pepe Serna
as Prof. Berk
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Critic Reviews for White on Rice

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

Bland and only occasionally funny.

March 12, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
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Watanabe's performance sucks any remaining sweetness right out of this fish-out-of-water comedy; you're ready to call the police once he starts stalking his hot cousin.

March 10, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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A cockeyed tale about a Japanese nebbish in suburban America, White on Rice will wring some laughs out of anyone but the most humor-impaired.

September 18, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
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Wan, trite and increasingly silly.

September 11, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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White on Rice glows with warmth.White on Rice glows with warmth.

September 10, 2009 | Full Review…
L.A. Weekly
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...what we mostly get here, unfortunately, is...akin to an Asian minstrel show.

March 12, 2010 | Full Review…
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for White on Rice

A kind of 40 year old virgin with a mostly Japanese cast. All the best bits were in the trailer. The hour and a half run time adds nothing but awkwardness. This is an example of a quirky independent flick going too far over the edge.

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