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Kenyan-born, London-educated Indian filmmaker Gurinder Chadha follows up on her debut hit Bhaji on the Beach (1994) with this gentle look at multiculturalism in Los Angeles. The film details the lives of four ethnically diverse families -- black, Latino, Jewish, and Asian -- during one frantic Thanksgiving. The film opens with Ronald (Dennis Haysbert), an African-American who works as a spin doctor for the Republican politico; he and his wife Audrey (Alfre Woodard) are in the midst of preparing for their white dinner guests. Meanwhile, at the Latino household, young Anthony Avila (Douglas… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This valentine to the cultural diversity that defines L.A. is a second-tier Altman (or even Paul Thomas Anderson)a broad, accessible comedy that contrasts four large and dynamic families residing on the same street: Latino, black, Jewish, and Asian."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Because the stories are so skillfully threaded together, the movie doesn't feel like an exercise: Each of the stories stands on its own."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A bit melodramatic at times, but still charming."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A combination of fresh ingredients mixed together with skill to create a well-balanced harmony of diverse flavours. Delicious."
‑ , BBC.com
"An overstuffed casserole of some good intentions and many more missed opportunities."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The film collapses under the weight of stereotypes and a hackneyed concept."
‑ Ernest Hardy, Film.com
"Like the meal itself, the movie's both filling and familiar."
‑ Ty Burr, Entertainment Weekly
"This is a terrific holiday film."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"A multi-culti hodgepodge of sitcom stereotypes and old jokes centered on one, painfully weak premise."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Movieline
"Chadha and co-writer Paul Mayeda Berges' screenplay relies too heavily on melodramatic situations, which are compromised by underdeveloped characters and some serious overacting."
‑ Stephen Tropiano, PopMatters
"It wears both its heart and its politics too obviously on its sleeve for comfort."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"A glorified TV movie."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"A flavorless fable that is as hard to swallow as a piece of tough turkey."
‑ Frank Ochieng, Filmcritic.com
"I enjoy kissing women, and I'd be happy to do it again."
‑ Brandon Judell, PopcornQ
"Warm-hearted but completely forgettable."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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