It's a Wonderful Afterlife

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Shaun of the Dead meet in this charming and fun comedy romp about an Indian mother taking her obsession with marriage into frighteningly funny territory. Mrs Sethi, a widow, can't bear the thought of her daughter being alone and unhappy. Okay, she's a little plump and opinionated...but she would make a great wife for some lucky man, if only she were given a chance. When Mrs Sethi can no longer stomach the rudeness of families who refuse her daughter, she takes matters into her own hands with the only way she knows... Suddenly a police hunt begins for a serial murderer who cooks a killer curry. Mrs Sethi doesn't feel too guilty until the spirits of her victims come back to haunt her as they are unable to be reincarnated until their murderer dies. Mrs Sethi has no problem killing herself - she'll get to see her dead husband again - but how can she go before her daughter is married? The spirits realize that helping Mrs Sethi's daughter find a suitable husband before the police catch her is their only chance for a wonderful afterlife. It's a big bloody wedding and a comic feast which takes the phrase 'I could murder a curry' to hysterical new heights.-- (C) UTV

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Critic Reviews for It's a Wonderful Afterlife

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7)

  • You don't see that many supernatural serial-killer romantic comedies.

    Oct 8, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • It's a Wonderful Afterlife may be a busy trifle, but it has its good-natured charms and agreeable gross-outs.

    Oct 8, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Its comic premise seems too silly, and at times, too tedious, to hope for much cross-cultural appeal, despite a fine, committed cast.

    Oct 7, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • All the potential for drama and comedy is sacrificed to this totteringly high concept.

    Jul 6, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • These spirits are just gory enough to be out of place in a film that is otherwise designed for fans of bland, creakingly old-fashioned humour.

    Jul 6, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Chadha and her team, with their TV-sitcom color palette and quick comic pacing, clearly aren't shooting for plausibility, and audiences in search of a few easy laughs won't be disappointed.

    Jul 6, 2010

Audience Reviews for It's a Wonderful Afterlife

  • Sep 10, 2010
    Harmless fluff which makes little sense and is even less believable but has the ever wonderful Sally Hawkins to light up her scenes, especially a fun 'Carrie' spoof.
    Gordon A Super Reviewer
  • May 04, 2010
    It's a comedy by numbers despite what I had heard about it being a semi splatter movie. There are a few laughs to be had but it was not really my kind of thing, a lot of the references went over my head too. 5/10. Fans of 'Carrie' may enjoy one scene however.
    Nyk P Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2010
    from the creators of bend it like beckham and bride and predudice, comes some more slice of indian life in the u.k, here concerning a mother looking out for her daughter whos been rejected due to her apearence, and has killed 4 people who dared critisise her, now they have returned wanting matters to be dealt with, a humorous tale, making use well of indian culture, some funny and gory moments, which works well, check out a highlight, a take on the film carrie, and the prom scene, well worth watching for that alone
    scott g Super Reviewer

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