It's a Wonderful Afterlife
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My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Shaun of the Dead meet in this charming and fun comedy romp about an Indian mother taking her obsession with marriage into frighteningly funny territory. Mrs Sethi, a widow, can't bear the thought of her daughter being alone and unhappy. Okay, she's a little plump and opinionated...but she would make a great wife for some lucky man, if only she were given a chance. When Mrs Sethi can no longer stomach the rudeness of families who refuse her daughter, she takes matters into her own hands with the only way she knows... Suddenly a police hunt begins for a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You don't see that many supernatural serial-killer romantic comedies."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Every gag is smothered by the prevailing tone of labored zaniness and generic, plucky "mischief music" alerting discerning viewers to abandon all hope of laughter."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, L.A. Weekly
"Chadha's recipe for the film appears to be: kooky comic supporting characters, crime, romance and essence of Ealing, together with big chunks of other films. Shame, then, that the result is a bit of a hash; more of a lumpy mish-mash than a tasty masala."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"A magical realist comedy about the idealization of state-sanctioned heterosexual coupledom."
‑ Diego Costa, Slant Magazine
"All the potential for drama and comedy is sacrificed to this totteringly high concept."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"It's a Wonderful Afterlife may be a busy trifle, but it has its good-natured charms and agreeable gross-outs."
‑ Andy Webster, New York Times
"Broad enough to drive a truckload of samosas through, yet achieving the miracle of genuine silliness only through Sally Hawkins' turn as a daffy psychic, this gluttonous ghost story should appeal to Chadha's loyal customers."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"I found myself laughing more at badly composed scenes, lame make-up, and poor performances than at the humour."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"The feature doesn?t strive hard enough to remain delightfully insane. Instead, Chadha would rather play with broken hearts than entrails. A shame."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Disappointing comedy that fails to find the right tone and is let down by a messy script and a lack of decent laughs, though it does have at least one great moment."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Its comic premise seems too silly, and at times, too tedious, to hope for much cross-cultural appeal, despite a fine, committed cast."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Chadha and her team, with their TV-sitcom color palette and quick comic pacing, clearly aren't shooting for plausibility, and audiences in search of a few easy laughs won't be disappointed."
‑ John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"A refreshingly spry romantic comedy that never loses sight of the fact that levity and love, even against the darkest and most unlikely of backdrops, always prevail."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"This stodgy supernatural farce is riven with insoluble problems."
‑ Matt Glasby,
"This film is so scattershot that it's more exhausting than endearing."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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