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Dude, Where's the Party? (2003)

Dude, Where's the Party? (2003)

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Before leaving India for college in Houston, Hari (Sunil Malhotra) consults an astrologer, who tells him that he'll meet the woman of his dreams there, that her name will begin with a "P," and that she'll fall from the sky. Hari moves in with friends of the family, the Bakshis, and meets Mo (Kal Penn of American Desi), their slacker son. Mo is a fully assimilated ABCD (American Born Confused Desi), and while he's proud to be Indian, he's ashamed of his socially inept FOB (Fresh Off the Boat) "cousin," who wears clashing outfits, puts coconut oil in his hair, and speaks with a heavy accent. At school, Hari meets Priya (Tina Cherian), a ditzy beauty who literally falls into his lap. Hari is quickly convinced that Priya is the girl the astrologer told him about, and he offers to tutor her in math. Mo is smitten with Janvi (Serena Varghese), a student filmmaker. She's making a video about what it means to be South Asian in America, and Mo invites her to one of the "Desi Fever" parties he promotes. The evening turns into a disaster when Janvi films Ray (Prem Shah), the radio personality who runs the party, rudely kicking out an FOB, Sham (co-screenwriter Sunil Thakkar), and Ray smashes her tape. While Hari is determined to help Mo win back Janvi, Mo won't even tell Hari about the next exclusive party he's promoting, which Priya is sure to attend. Where's the Party, Yaar? was based partly on Thakkar's experiences as a DJ and party promoter in Houston. The film was helmed by music video director Benny Mathews and features the music of Panjabi MC and Cornershop. It was shown at the 2003 Rhode Island International Film Festival.

Cast

Kal Penn
as Mohan Bakshi
Sunil Malhotra
as Hari Patel
Serena Varghese
as Janvi Valia
Tina Cherian
as Priya Varghese
Sunil Thakkar
as Sham Bhalabhatrapatramukhi
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Critic Reviews for Dude, Where's the Party?

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (8)

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.

November 6, 2003 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Assembles all the usual stereotypes in one movie.

September 9, 2003

An amiable city mouse/country mouse story.

September 5, 2003

A charming if inconsistent comic essay on assimilation.

September 5, 2003 | Rating: B-

This film clearly understands its target audience of first-generation Indian-Americans and has its pleasures to provide.

September 4, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Where's the Party, Yaar? is too corny and drawn-out to appeal to crossover audiences but may strike a nerve in Indian communities.

September 4, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Dude, Where's the Party?

½

The movie begins in India, with an aspiring Indian student who dreams of making it big in America. But when he finally enters the USA he begins to realize his cousin is ashamed to have a cousin who's from India. Anyone who's been an immigrant can identify with that "stranger in a strange land" feeling. It captures the tensions between the assimilated and the newly arrived very well (as well as between the hip and the un-cool). The stereotyping in this movie is hilarious, it's just good olé racial funnies that I can relate to. Light hearted comedy not to be taken seriously.

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Deb S

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