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Samir (Aasif Mandvi, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, THE LAST AIRBENDER) is a sous chef who dreams of becoming the head chef at an upscale Manhattan restaurant. When he is passed over for a promotion he impulsively quits and lets his co-worker Carrie (Jess Weixler, TEETH) know that he intends to go to Paris and apprentice under a master French chef. Dreams must be put aside though after his father Hakim (Harish Patel, RUN FAT BOY RUN) has a heart attack and Samir is forced to take over Tandoori Palace, the nearly bankrupt family restaurant in Jackson Heights. Samir's relationship with his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This full, sweet comedy, adapted by star Aasif Mandvi from an Off-Broadway play, has a city flavor and a wry take on familial obligations."
‑ , New York Daily News
"Hits all the sentimental clichés of the genre as if they were stops on the No. 7 train."
‑ Mike Hale, New York Times
"Sometimes you want a meal that tastes exactly like you expect it's going to taste. "Today's Special" is one of those meals."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"You've seen all the elements of this film before, but writer/star Aasif Mandvi ... gives them a fresh spin and the result is a pleasant evening's entertainment."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"Those with even modestly adventuresome cinematic palates will have their appetites whetted before exiting unsatisfied."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
"The film, like a great meal, leaves you wanting more."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"It's an easy movie to watch, and yet it's just as easy to forget or skip entirely."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Carries the day with charm and a strong sense of humanity -- and a delightful tone."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Like a meatloaf or pot roast dinner, "Today's Special" revisits familiar, appealing territory."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"[C]harmingly recalls earlier enjoyable finding-family-through-food-preparation movies. . .[that] did not include an Indian-American family. [Shah] positively twinkles."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"An irresistible delight."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Charming and mouthwatering..."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"The movie is comfortably familiar and plays to the palate of those who don't want too much spice in their foodie comedies."
‑ Michele Kenner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"So slight that it almost evaporates while you're watching it...but if there's nothing really special here, it's not unappetizing fare."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"But it's fun. It's about food, in this case Indian food, and the actors make it work, even when the cliches overpower the masala."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
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