The Other End of the Line

2008

The Other End of the Line (2008)

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Jesse Metcalfe, Shriya Saran, and Anupam Kher star in director James Dodson's lightweight romantic comedy concerning an employee at an Indian call center who travels to San Francisco to be with the man she has fallen in love with over the telephone.

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Cast

Jesse Metcalfe
as Granger Woodruff
Anupam Kher
as Priya's Father
Austin Basis
as Charlie
Larry Miller
as Kit Hawksin
Sara Foster
as Emory Banks

Critic Reviews for The Other End of the Line

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (12)

At its simplest level, this is a sweet, if forgettable trifle starring two healthy, bright-eyed young lovers who look great on each other's arm.

Nov 4, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

A winning Stateside debut for beautiful Indian actress Shriya Saran.

Oct 31, 2008
Variety
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The Other End of the Line ends up being a five-minute ad for buyer's insurance instead of an interminable interracial, international, intercultural romantic comedy.

Oct 31, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

The movie is like a glass of Sprite that has been left on the counter too long: transparent, sweet and flat.

Oct 31, 2008 | Rating: 2/4

By the time the filmmakers have set up all the story lines that will blend for a very long third act, the predictability factor has become all but unbearable.

Oct 31, 2008 | Rating: 2/4

A feather-light romantic comedy that's laborious when it ought to be effervescent; The Other End of the Line is the latest exchange in an awkward conversation between two film industries.

Oct 31, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Other End of the Line

½

unrealistic and predictable. Not a very good movie.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

½

Sweet movie, something a bit different in a romantic comedy. Not overly convincing, I guess, but so nice that I was able to overlook it. Story is that Priya works in call centre in India for an American bank. To avoid getting abused, the staff there pretend to be American and that's how she starts talking to Granger, after he has had some fraud on his credit card. In all honesty, Granger is pretty shallow and seems to be a womaniser, so that part didn't really work for me, as I didn't see what beautiful, smart Priya would see in him, really. Pretending to be an American called Jennifer, Granger becomes attracted to her too and asks if they can meet. The obstacle here is, not only is Priya in India, but she is also due to have an arranged marriage. I liked this enough to suspend my disbelief at the whole situation. Sweet.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

How cute! A feel-good, funny love story.

Dannielle Albert
Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer

½

Priya Sethi (Shriya Saran) works in a call centre in Mumbai India belonging to CitiOne Bank as a tech support phone operator putting on a perfect American accent as her alter ego, Jessica David. However her daily night shift (to be on the same time zone as the USA) gets frowned upon by her conservative family (Anupam Kher as Dad and Sushmita Mukherjee as Mum) even though she is earning good money. She strikes up a friendship with one of her customers, Granger (Jesse Metcalf of Desperate Housewives) who was a victim of credit card fraud and the two make a date with Priya pretending to be in San Francisco even though she is actually in India and engaged to the very nice Vickram. Being her dreamer, she decides to go, but under the disguise of her real self, Priya pretending to Granger that the girl he has just met by accident is just a random Indian girl on holiday and not the very girl he has been speaking to on the phone. A very sweet movie portrayed from Indian angle, that interracial couples will enjoy.It's kind of like Bend It Like Beckham, without the sports, and with an even cuter guy. I enjoyed watching this one despite its flaws (Can Indian citizens get a visa to the USA so quickly and why did he not finish his speech at his best friend's wedding?)

Deb S
Deb S

Super Reviewer

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