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American Chai Reviews

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November 14, 2003
This ethnic family sitcom thing is rapidly turning into wearisome cliche, and American Chai doesn't hold a candle to either Beckham or Greek Wedding.
December 8, 2002
The funniest, most unabashadly goofy indie film to come out in quite some time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 7, 2002
Chai's structure and pacing are disconcertingly slack.
July 20, 2002
By now, I've seen far too many American indie movies with similar semi-autobiographical subjects.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 7, 2002
[It's] difficult to get beyond the overall blandness of American Chai, despite its likable performances and refreshingly naive point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 21, 2002
Plays like a toddler running along a lumpy field, stumbling every few feet but always getting back up and eventually reaching his destination, unharmed and happy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 16, 2002
American Chai encourages rueful laughter at stereotypes only an Indian-American would recognize. And the lesson, in the end, is nothing new.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 30, 2002
Due to some script weaknesses and the casting of the director's brother, the film trails off into inconsequentiality.
April 18, 2002
The picture uses humor and a heartfelt conviction to tell a story about discovering your destination in life, but also acknowledging the places, and the people, from whence you came.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 15, 2002
An inexperienced director, Mehta has much to learn.
April 5, 2002
Enormously likable first feature from writer-director Anurag Mehta.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 5, 2002
The movie is amateurish, but it's a minor treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 5, 2002
It is too bad that this likable movie isn't more accomplished. The actors try hard but come off too amateurish and awkward.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 5, 2002
A slight but sweet film.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 5, 2002
This worldly dramedy can't overcome its jolting amateur vibe.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 5, 2002
A perceptive, good-natured movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 5, 2002
A spiffy romantic comedy about how love can be a catalyst to self-esteem and answering an artistic calling.
April 4, 2002
In its understanding, often funny way, it tells a story whose restatement is validated by the changing composition of the nation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 4, 2002
Though the climactic revelation and resolution is expected, the film is full of fresh and unexpected observations about the cross-culturally complex lives of second-generation Indians living in the U.S.
April 2, 2002
As earnest as a community-college advertisement, American Chai is enough to make you put away the guitar, sell the amp, and apply to medical school.
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