It's a Wonderful Afterlife (2010)


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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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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5)

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

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

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

Broad enough to drive a truckload of samosas through, yet achieving the miracle of genuine silliness only through Sally Hawkins' turn as a daffy psychic, this gluttonous ghost story should appeal to Chadha's loyal customers.

Jul 6, 2010
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Chadha's recipe for the film appears to be: kooky comic supporting characters, crime, romance and essence of Ealing, together with big chunks of other films. Shame, then, that the result is a bit of a hash; more of a lumpy mish-mash than a tasty masala.

Aug 1, 2012 | Full Review…

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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.

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