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Americanizing Shelley

2008-11-04 09:07
What it's about:

A Hollywood hopeful (Beau Bridges) sets out to "Americanise" an Indian woman (Namrata Singh Gujral) who has arrived from the Himalayas to find the man she‘s been arranged to marry.

What we thought of it:

The concept of Americanizing Shelley is brilliant. Watching the trailer and reading the synopsis would lead one to believe it's an attempt by Hollywood to embrace and perhaps celebrate Bollywood; a cinematic hybrid of cultures. After all, Bollywood is the success story of cinema's counter culture. But Americanizing Shelley does not quite live up to expectations; it would be more accurate to call the film Americanizing Bollywood.

Everyone enjoys a good laugh, but this type of humour has you wondering whether it's politically correct to crack a smile. It's cheap and often below-the-belt. Add weak dialogue, and what seems to be a general lack of respect for a well established and independent film industry, and there isn't much reason to recommend it.

Perhaps we're being a little tight-arsed, but when American actors burst into song and dance 'Bollywood' style to a country soundtrack, you know it's not going to be a good one. It's a B-grade movie with a small dose of charm and a pinch of charisma, but an overpowering taste of questionable Western agendas.

- Natalie Sineke

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A genius idea let down by weak dialogue, cheap humour and country music.

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