West Is West (2011)
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as Sufi Pir Naseem
as Sajid Khan
as Tariq Khan
as Basheera Khan
as Maneer Khan
as Neelam Haqq
Critic Reviews for West Is West
It takes some getting used to, but be patient: Within the madness, there's definitely a method, and rewards for the reaping.
With no culture-clash cliché left unplundered, Andy DeEmmony sets his camera to autopilot for a film which never decides who or what it's about.
Although the comedy feels as broad as the Atlantic initially, once the main characters are transplanted to Pakistan things look up as the script begins to properly probe the emotional flaws of the characters rather than just opting for cheap laughs.
Broad, evasive and oppressively feelgood in tone, an affair over which veils should be drawn.
Audience Reviews for West Is West
Intriguing sequel to 'East is East', this film follows teenager Sajid, George, Ella, and Maneer in the homelands of the Khan patriarch. With Annie (Ella's best friend) in tow, Ella finds the countryside an entirely different world and a whole different life that George had left behind. Getting to know the first wife, Ella realizes there is more to this side of the family with their troubles as much as there is to deal with her own. In the meantime, Sajid and Maneer are striving to keep the family together while also having a round of skirmishes of their own. Worthy!
Very cookie cutter in its approach. You could take any sentimental film from the last twenty years, replicate all the poignant scenes and come up with a film like this. Feels forced. The characters are taking unbelievable leaps of faith.
This is a great immigrant film. It's also a good "city movie", highlighting Pakistani villages and culture as a central character. It doesn't stand out on its story, and don't expect Oscar worthy performances. But "West is West" rather delivers a very important, thoughtful social message that I believe could in some way better any viewer. Great follow up to "East is East".
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