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New York University film student Krutin Patel debuts with this cross-cultural drama about a pair of Indian-American 20-somethings. Bedhopping Nina (Sheetal Sheth) is split between upper class white boy Sam (Rex Young) and childhood friend Ashok (Aasif Mandvi). Meanwhile, Nina's workaholic brother Raj (Faran Tahir) is set for an arranged marriage with pleasant Tejal (Adriane Forlana Erdos), but he has eyes for sexy white co-worker Julia (Jennifer Dorr White). This film was screened in the 1999 London Film Festival.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"At times the deck is egregiously stacked."
‑ David Chute, L.A. Weekly
"The bad news is that [Jaffrey] leaves us a little hungry for people whose destinies matter to us more than the ones served up here."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"ABCD gets an "A" for its intentions, but unfortunately just barely passes on all other accounts."
‑ Ted Murphy,
"A story to appreciate, laugh at, and cry with no matter where you or your parents came from."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"The film's style is best described as utilitarian, but it gets the job done."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An involving study of sibling and interpersonal relationships."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Compassionate, funny and honest."
‑ Jonathan Foreman, New York Post
"Nothing particularly fresh or exciting, but its intentions are so sincere and, for the most part, it's so well-acted that it emerges as quite affecting."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Thankfully, Patel does not take sides."
‑ Anika Van Wyk, Jam! Movies
"Despite the compelling subject matter and storyline, the film's execution isn't so persuasive: The dialogue is weak, much of the acting poor and the pace sluggish."
‑ Jean Oppenheimer, New Times
"It's polished without being slick; well-paced and graceful and brought alive by stellar performances led by Jaffrey."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Sensitively acted."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"This fine film conveys the difficulty of living in a twilight zone between the customs of the old country and the ever-changing values of America."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"It's easy to see why ABCD has been a favorite on the film festival circuit for more than a year. Check it out while you can."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
"Its identity posturing is considerably less potent than that of Chutney Popcorn's."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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