American Chai
American Chai (2002)

A twenty-something student finds himself caught between contemporary American culture and the long-standing traditions of his family in this independent drama. Sureel (Aalok Mehta) is a college student in his last year of studies, and… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: April 5, 2002
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

This ethnic family sitcom thing is rapidly turning into wearisome cliche, and American Chai doesn't hold a candle to either Beckham or Greek Wedding.

John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

[It's] difficult to get beyond the overall blandness of American Chai, despite its likable performances and refreshingly naive point of view.

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Merle Bertrand
Film Threat

The funniest, most unabashadly goofy indie film to come out in quite some time.

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Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly

Chai's structure and pacing are disconcertingly slack.

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Rasmi Simhan
Dallas Morning News

American Chai encourages rueful laughter at stereotypes only an Indian-American would recognize. And the lesson, in the end, is nothing new.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Plays like a toddler running along a lumpy field, stumbling every few feet but always getting back up and eventually reaching his destination, unharmed and happy.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

By now, I've seen far too many American indie movies with similar semi-autobiographical subjects.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

The picture uses humor and a heartfelt conviction to tell a story about discovering your destination in life, but also acknowledging the places, and the people, from whence you came.

David Noh
Film Journal International

Due to some script weaknesses and the casting of the director's brother, the film trails off into inconsequentiality.

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