When Harry Tries to Marry (2011)



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When Harry Tries to Marry is a cross-cultural romantic comedy about a young Indian-born bachelor who lives in New York City. Harry's handsome and charming, but he's cynical about love. He's never really gotten over his parents' divorce -- they were a modern Indian couple who married for love and it didn't last. So to improve his odds of living "happily ever after," Harry decides to have an arranged marriage, and asks his uncle back home in India to assist him in arranging the introduction to an appropriate Indian woman. To the dismay of his parents and friends, Harry finds the perfect girl and embarks on a long-distance courtship. But unexpectedly, Harry's friendship with Theresa, a fun and sexy American student, becomes confusing, appealing -- and maybe a little bit romantic. Once Harry, his friends and the entire wedding party converge in India, Harry's plan to avoid romantic risk becomes a recipe for chaos. Can anyone protect themselves from a broken heart by leaving the passion out of marriage? And, when all is said and done, does Harry really want to? -- (C) 108 Pics
PG-13 (adult situations/language, sex)
Comedy , Romance
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Rahul Raj
as Harry
Stefanie Estes
as Theresa
Grant Kretchik
as Slick Rick/Game Show Host
Kanti Pandya
as Deepak
Micky Makhija
as Commissioner
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Critic Reviews for When Harry Tries to Marry

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (5)

If there's a fresh idea in "When Harry Tries To Marry," I couldn't find it.

Full Review… | April 21, 2011
New York Post
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Nothing new under the sun, but Padrai spices things up just enough.

Full Review… | April 21, 2011
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The larger problems are the usual ones for low-budget romcoms: haphazard plotting, clumsily staged and overly broad comedy and clunky dialogue.

Full Review… | April 21, 2011
New York Times
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Inspires little more than eye-rolling and impatient finger-tapping.

Full Review… | April 21, 2011
Time Out
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A bright, colorful slab of faux-multiculturalism, When Harry Tries to Marry is a substandard romantic comedy gussied up in Indian drag.

Full Review… | April 19, 2011
Village Voice
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...an egregiously familiar romantic comedy that hews far too closely to the well-worn formula that one has come to associate with films of this ilk.

Full Review… | November 5, 2011
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I thought it was going to be good, but then it gives me a shitty ending. I expect very little out of the generic romantic comedy, you just have to follow a simple little formula. Don't tell me what I was expecting at the end of the film and then spit all over it by giving me a crap-tastic version where he tries to "find" himself, that just tells me you were lazy and he learned nothing!

Sarah Helwig
Sarah Helwig

I saw the film on iTunes last night. Really funny and sweet. I wanted to see why the critics bashed the film while the audience seems to love it. Anyway, my $3.99 on iTunes was well worth it. Some fresh talent, nice music and an unusual story. As a guy, this indie rom-com worked well with the genre and didn't make me squirm like many rom-coms do. The lead actress is also stunning, as is most of the cast of newcomers. The last film with an Indian theme that I really liked was Bend it Like Beckham which had Kiera Knightly in her first movie and this feels like another one of those star-birthing films. Check it out.

Movie Honcho
Movie Honcho

What gives? This is a fun film. I saw it in Austin and will see it again soon on Netflix. For those who want to know more it's a sweet little rom-com tinted with innocence that follows Harry a really bashful Indian bachelor with a self-inflicted dilemma: whether or not to engage in an arranged marriage. The old 'to-do or not-to-do' ain't so easy because Harry's plan is complicated by a sophisticated American named Theresa. He's trying hard not to have an eye for her but she, eh -- not so hard. It is a tale of sheer temptation, thrown at him from every direction and his desperate determination to stay on his flailing path.

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