American Chai
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A twenty-something student finds himself caught between contemporary American culture and the long-standing traditions of his family in this independent drama. Sureel (Aalok Mehta) is a college student in his last year of studies, and things seem to be going well for him -- he's nearly completed his degree in music, his grades are good, he has a cute girlfriend, and he sings with a local rock band whose career is on the upswing. However, Sureel's father (Paresh Rawal) doesn't know about most of this; Sureel is a first generation Indian-American, and his immigrant father wants his… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This ethnic family sitcom thing is rapidly turning into wearisome cliche, and American Chai doesn't hold a candle to either Beckham or Greek Wedding."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"[It's] difficult to get beyond the overall blandness of American Chai, despite its likable performances and refreshingly naive point of view."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"The funniest, most unabashadly goofy indie film to come out in quite some time."
‑ Merle Bertrand, Film Threat
"Enormously likable first feature from writer-director Anurag Mehta."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This worldly dramedy can't overcome its jolting amateur vibe."
‑ , E! Online
"Chai's structure and pacing are disconcertingly slack."
‑ Mark Olsen, L.A. Weekly
"American Chai encourages rueful laughter at stereotypes only an Indian-American would recognize. And the lesson, in the end, is nothing new."
‑ Rasmi Simhan, Dallas Morning News
"Plays like a toddler running along a lumpy field, stumbling every few feet but always getting back up and eventually reaching his destination, unharmed and happy."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The movie is amateurish, but it's a minor treat."
‑ Paul Clinton (Boxoffice), Boxoffice Magazine
"A spiffy romantic comedy about how love can be a catalyst to self-esteem and answering an artistic calling."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"By now, I've seen far too many American indie movies with similar semi-autobiographical subjects."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The picture uses humor and a heartfelt conviction to tell a story about discovering your destination in life, but also acknowledging the places, and the people, from whence you came."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Due to some script weaknesses and the casting of the director's brother, the film trails off into inconsequentiality."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"It is too bad that this likable movie isn't more accomplished. The actors try hard but come off too amateurish and awkward."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Though the climactic revelation and resolution is expected, the film is full of fresh and unexpected observations about the cross-culturally complex lives of second-generation Indians living in the U.S."
‑ David Ehrenstein, New Times
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