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The Tiger Hunter (2017)

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A timely and topical comedy that captures a young immigrant's pursuit of success, love and the American dream with humor and heart, The Tiger Hunter is directed by Khan and written by Sameer Gardezi (Modern Family) and Khan. The film stars Danny Pudi (Community, Powerless), Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite, Blades of Glory), Rizwan Manji (The Wolf of Wall Street, Outsourced), Karen David (Once Upon a Time, Galavant), Sam Page (House of Cards, Mad Men), Iqbal Theba (Glee, Seinfeld), Parvesh Cheena (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Outsourced) with Michael McMillian (Silicon Valley, True Blood) and Kevin Pollak (The Unusual Suspects, A Few Good Men). Produced by Megha Kadakia, Lena Khan and Nazia Khan, The Tiger Hunter is a charming comedy bolstered by vibrant storytelling and an endearing comic spirit.

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Cast

Danny Pudi
as Sami Malik
Jon Heder
as Alex Womack
Rizwan Manji
as Babu Rahman
Karen David
as Ruby Iqbal
Sam Page
as Kenneth Porter
Iqbal Theba
as General Iqbal
Kevin Pollak
as Frank Womack
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Critic Reviews for The Tiger Hunter

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (7)

As a feel good dramatic comedy, The Tiger Hunter hits most of the right notes while only sounding a few sour ones.

September 22, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

There's enough good-naturedness and cultural specificity here, alongside a slight deviation from the usual immigrant narratives, to render it a dollop of sweetness and novelty that goes down easy.

September 22, 2017 | Full Review…
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There has been no shortage of films tracking the immigrant pursuit of the American dream, but few have been as laugh-out-loud delightful as "The Tiger Hunter," a sparkling first feature by Lena Khan.

September 21, 2017 | Full Review…

An encouraging look at the American Dream, at a time when it too often seems like a nightmare.

September 21, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

"The Tiger Hunter" might balk at the harsher details of immigrant life, but it has a generosity of spirit that lifts everyone up.

September 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Immigrant stories certainly don't demand tragedy to be legitimate, but The Tiger Hunter, with its pastiche of fish-out-of-water comedy and pointy collared shirts, ultimately feels weightless.

September 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Tiger Hunter

Ah, the American Dream. The reason why so many immigrants decided to come to the United States where, they felt, everyone has a shot at success as long as they work hard. The Statue of Liberty, a symbol of hope and freedom to these people. Hell, even the first Pilgrims were in search of their dreams and freedom from persecution. Of course it wasn't called the American dream just yet, but they were searching for a lot of the same things that latter immigrants (of which they're part of) And then the current president came along and decided that, if you weren't a full-blooded (mostly white) American, then your American dream could get fucked and completely took a shit on the immigrants who laid the groundwork for most of what we have here this day. The president's mother is, in fact, an immigrant. All of the president's children were mothered by TWO immigrant women. Funny how life works, huh? Regardless, that's neither here nor there. As far as this movie goes, however, it tells an engineer's journey from his small Indian village to Chicago so he can live the American dream, become a success and maybe, just maybe, live up to his father's great legacy. For, you see, Sami's father was this great tiger hunter that Sami idolized and his entire village loved. Sami has some big shoes to fill and he's not certain that he can live up to his father's greatness. Oh and he also wants to marry the love of his life, Ruby, who's set to be married off, except her father is a strict General in the army and he wants his daughter to marry a successful man, not some sort of LOOOOOSER. Obviously, this comes into play in the movie much later when Sami uses his friend's parents' mansion as a cover for his own success. This feels a little too sitcom-y for my tastes, but it wasn't so much of a problem in the long run. But I'm getting ahead of myself, Sami arrives in Chicago and things simply do not go as he planned. He moves in with a group of roommates (around 11 or 13 of them), they are all like him in that they left their villages in Pakistan, Indian and Bangalore to find success in America. The job he planned on getting, an engineer's position, has been changed to that of a temporary draftsman. The chief engineer and his team at Graydian Industries are looking to build a microwave that doesn't explode when it attempts to perfectly reheat frozen food. This is where Sami finds his calling as he attempts to find a way to fix a microwave that has been thrown out as a result of the failed experiments at Graydian (I think that's the company called at least) is order to, maybe, get a promotion so he can make the money he feels he needs in order to impress the woman he loves. All the while Alex, who happens to be the boss of the company, helps Sami find his way through the company and what he needs to do in order to fit in with people who happen to be higher up on the totem pole than him. The movie manages to fit various goals, for Sami at least, without feeling like it's doing too much at one time. Sami wants his promotion, he wants to impress the woman he loves (and her father), his developing friendship with Alex and Babu (the most entertaining character in the entire film), and wanting to live up to his father's greatness by becoming a success in this country. Though, to be fair, this all feels very natural and it doesn't acome across as forced, because Sami really is a likable character, you do want him to succeed at everything he sets his mind to. As far as the scripting of the movie is concerned, it's not like there's anything truly outstanding here, but it is certainly very solid indeed. All the characters are very much likable. The story, while certainly predictable, hitting all the beats you would expect, is enjoyable. The movie is also funny, but not what I would call hilarious. It's not like I mean that as a flaw, since it does the movie well that it doesn't take itself so seriously, but if you're expecting the funniest movie you've ever seen, then this will not be it. I like some of the concepts that are explored here in that Sami idolized his father, to the point that one of the first scenes is the village that his father helped save from the tiger bursting into a traditional dance and celebrating his achievements, as if he was some sort of god. But, again, that's all Sami's perception of his father and the reality of who his father was was entirely different. Well, maybe not entirely different, but he only killed one tiger (despite being called the great tiger hunter) and his village adored him for that, since he saved them from doom. But he also did much more for the village than just saving them from the tiger and that's something that Sami doesn't realize until much better. You might ask yourself how exactly this is relevant to the narrative, since his father was still beloved by the people of his village anyway. So, technically, it shouldn't matter if he did or didn't do additional stuff to help his village, he still would have been beloved by them anyway, but I think it works. Plus, there's a flashback, right after he talks with his mother when he realizes there was more to his father than he remembered, where Sami's father tells him that it's not the hunt, but the people that you surround yourself with. And this is what pushes him to get help from his fellow roommates in order to fix the microwave in order to meet the deadline. It's a little contrived that they solved it so relatively quickly, but given the fact that this movie is such a pleasant, easy watch, that's not really much of a problem for me. Danny Pudi is very good here, as he embodies the hopes and dreams of immigrants everywhere of making something of themselves. He's got an everyman personality, where, even if you can't personally relate to his struggles, you can still get behind him. Rizwan Manji (who plays Babu) is, as I mentioned, pretty damn funny in his role. I don't know if I can say that there are many flaws in this movie. I mean, I'm certain there are some, since every flick has them, but I just had a good time watching this. I feel that it never really gets out of second gear. What I mean by that is that this is just a good movie. I realize that might seem like a stupid thing to complain about, since making a good movie is hard to do, but it never seems to want to be anything more than that. And I can't fault this film for realizing its limitations, but I just wish we had gotten a great movie instead of a good one. Of course, I'm still not gonna complain TOO much since I did enjoy myself watching this. It's not perfect, but it's entertaining nonetheless. I would certainly recommend it, even if you can't relate to what the lead is going through. Like you need to be able to relate to someone and their struggles to get into a movie, but some people really are very stupid. Like the current president. Sorry, had to get in one last zinger. Good stuff here.

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