White on Rice
White on Rice (2009)

"White on Rice" is the comedic story of Jimmy, a misguided 40-year-old divorceť, trying to navigate his way through a new life in America and out of his sister Aiko's basement. Disgraced by his disgruntled brother-in-law Tak,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: September 11, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 1, 2010
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mike Hale
New York Times

Bland and only occasionally funny.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Wan, trite and increasingly silly.

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

If nothing else, White on Rice proves that Napoleon Dynamite's gawk-at-the-spaz routine doesn't sound any more endearing in garbled Engrish.

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Aaron Hillis
Time Out

Watanabe's performance sucks any remaining sweetness right out of this fish-out-of-water comedy; you're ready to call the police once he starts stalking his hot cousin.

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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly

White on Rice glows with warmth.White on Rice glows with warmth.

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Unfortunately, the main character of this unfunny comedy is never endearing, he's just an irritant. So we're not all that interested in his personal and professional plights.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

A cockeyed tale about a Japanese nebbish in suburban America, White on Rice will wring some laughs out of anyone but the most humor-impaired.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

...what we mostly get here, unfortunately, is...akin to an Asian minstrel show.

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Kam Williams
Sly Fox

A hilarious slice-of-life flick offering a unique take on Japanese-American culture adding up to one of the funniest films of the year thus far.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Byron Brubaker
A kind of 40 year old virgin with a mostly Japanese cast. All the best bits were in the trailer. The hour and a half run time adds nothing but awkwardness.… More