East Is East
East Is East (1999)

For the seven kids of George Khan - proud Pakistani and chip shop owner - life is one long compromise. Tomboy Meenah prefers playing footsie to wearing a sari, hippie Saleem pretends to be studying engineering when he's really at art… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: September 4, 1999
DVD Release Date: September 12, 2000
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Pakistan mixes with UK in cultural identity drama.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A raucous comedy that explores the clash of cultures, beliefs, and generations.

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Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Exceptionally funny and quite affecting.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Very funny and worth plunking down a few pennies for.

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Karina Montgomery

The culture clashes are interesting, the conflict is unresolved and unsatisfying, and all the actors do a terrific job.

Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

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.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...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.

Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

Like watching This Boy's Life with a laugh track superimposed.

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Shirley Sealy
Film Journal International

Always stays firmly grounded in real-life family emotions-from laughter to tears, from hate to love.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Mumby
There's a long-running tradition in British cinema of finding humour, particularly black humour, in the grimmest and most oppressive circumstances. This… More
Dean King
A funny film set in 70's Manchester as a Pakistani family have a culture clash between the parents and kids over traditional Muslim values and English… More
Kevin M. Williams
The problem of immigration simmered slowly inside the guts of one smalltown 70's English family. Funny and tragic, with better than competent performances… More
Kylie B
This comedy is not only actually funny (often a rare thing) but also poignantly sad. it does a fantastic job of exploring a kind of culture clash which still… More
Lady D'arbanville
A down to Earth comedy, set in 70's Manchester, England. East is East, is one of a few comedies from the 90's to bridge the gap of curiosity when it… More
Shauna Robinson
Hillarious film.