East Is East
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East is East, a fast-moving comedy drama of mixed-race manners, is set in Salford, England in 1970. It centers on the Anglo-Pakistani alliance of the Khan family that is both claustrophobically cohesive and hopelessly dysfunctional. In their over-crowded terrace house, anarchy erupts daily with farcical energy. The Khan children, caught between the traditional dogmatism of their Pakistani father (Om Puri) and laissez-faire attitude of their British mother (Linda Bassett), have a lot of difficulties to follow their dreams of becoming citizens of the modern world. Based on the award-winning… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

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"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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