East Is East
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For the seven kids of George Khan - proud Pakistani and chip shop owner - life is one long compromise. Tomboy Meenah prefers playing footsie to wearing a sari, hippie Saleem pretends to be studying engineering when he's really at art school, heart-throb Tariq has got a reputation as a local Casanova, and Sajid hasn't even been circumcised yet. For George Khan ('Ghengis' to his kids), life is an uphill battle to get his family to conform to traditional Pakistani values. But this is Salford in the 1970s. George's English wife Ella is Lancashire born, and his kids have got… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Pakistan mixes with UK in cultural identity drama."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A raucous comedy that explores the clash of cultures, beliefs, and generations."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Always stays firmly grounded in real-life family emotions-from laughter to tears, from hate to love."
‑ Shirley Sealy, Film Journal International
"Exceptionally funny and quite affecting."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Very funny and worth plunking down a few pennies for."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The culture clashes are interesting, the conflict is unresolved and unsatisfying, and all the actors do a terrific job."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"One of the rare films that gets to have the best of both worlds: hit serious and true emotional buttons while delivering a genuinely fun time."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"...by the end of the film Khan seems less an oppressor than a casualty, a man exhausted and bewildered by the fluctuations of his own crazy, terrorist of a heart."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Like watching This Boy's Life with a laugh track superimposed."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Director O'Donnell continually pulls his punches. The result is a movie that's kind of cute and kind of poignant, which all adds up to being only kind of nice."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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