5.0 out of 5 stars East Is East Review
A character driven, well acted movie with every character having their unique personality, making a social statement in a very entertaining way.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fooled by a trailer, once again
How many of you think this is a comedy? I rented this movie after seeing a trailer, with the distinct impression that it was. It is not! Who is responsible for putting the trailer together? Whoever did it, what a deceitful job! They took a few funny moments of the film, spliced them together and came up with this misrepresentation. This movie is in fact quite sad...
Published on Jan. 21 2002 by Manola Sommerfeld
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5.0 out of 5 stars East Is East Review,
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This review is from: East Is East (Widescreen) (DVD)A character driven, well acted movie with every character having their unique personality, making a social statement in a very entertaining way.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining.,
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This review is from: East Is East (Widescreen) (DVD)Learned a lot about different cultures and people, as well as being very entertaining.
Terrific acting, with actors who are familiar to me in other roles.
Can recommend it.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly what I expected,
This review is from: East Is East (Widescreen) (DVD)I was expecting this movie to be more of a comedy - a fun side of cross-cultural families. The side portrayed - a tense and physical aspect - may be true, but not what I was expecting nor wanted to view, given my expectations.
5.0 out of 5 stars love it love it!,
This review is from: East Is East (Widescreen) (DVD)Excellent movie. Good acting, cinematography. Good story line. Not far off reality at all. "Weat is West" is going to be released in February 2011. Should be fun!!
4.0 out of 5 stars an important message for ALL ethnic groups!,
This review is from: East Is East (VHS Tape)This film is funny and a comment on the changing face of England in the 1970s. There have been accusations that the film is racist in its portrayal of the South Asians depicted in it, but why has nobody ever taken the negative portrayal of the English into account? As somebody of British descent, I could be just as easily offended by the stereotype of the English people as crass, ignorant and racist, but I recognize that, in this story, there is a degree of truth(I'm left with the impression that many of the people I've discussed the film with don't get the Enoch Powell reference). And I think if we get offended, we miss the point. When I saw the film, my impression was that its theme was the dangers of forcing your children to be something that they are not and the pitfalls of clinging to your past. Both the Pakistani and English characters in this film are guilty of that. I think this film has a valid message that everyone, regardless of their ethnic origin, can share.
4.0 out of 5 stars A drama - comedy about a multicultural family,
This review is from: East Is East (Widescreen) (DVD)How to get a heap full of problems caused by a multicultural family? - Put together a strict religious Pakistani man and a woman coming from a British working class family!
The film „East is East" is very interesting because it shows a multicultural family, the Khans, and their problems. At the beginning you are involved in the actions immediately, because the conflict between the father and the rest of the family is represented very well. This conflict is about the Muslim tradition of the father and the rest of the family, who wants to live the British way of life. The father, George, forces the typical Pakistani tradition upon to all of his children. Therefore the children are not allowed to live their own life. The consequence is a strong and at the same time humorous rebellion against the father.
The plot is plausible and easy to follow. The film has a good mix between humorous and dramatic scenes. Furthermore, the variety of characters is the most positive aspect of the film for me. George for example is a character who is lovely and sympathetic, but he can also become violent. Each member of the Khan family occupies a different position along a cultural fault line. Especially the seven children have interesting characters. One of them is gay and flees from his arranged marriage. Moreover there is a party-loving rebel and another child is a very religious Muslim. The only daughter wants to live as a boy and loves to play football.
The only negative aspect for me is the end of the film. It is very superficial and does not fulfil the viewers expectations since you do not know if the father really changes his attitude.
But I think the film is very good, because it describes the typical problems of such a family. If you are interested in this kind of family conflicts, the film will entertain you.
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite must see movie!,
This review is from: East Is East (Widescreen) (DVD)In the same vein as Bend It Like Beckman and Monsoon Wedding, East is East tells the story of one family and the traditional but very different family values that each member shares. It's a simple story but told from all view points and through out the movie you wonder how will it all come together! United States fans of the British soap Eastenders will want to take note that the actor Jimi Mistry who plays the son Tony was also Dr. Fonseca!
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, but very serious,
This review is from: East Is East (Widescreen) (DVD)Another example of great British film. In 1971 a mixed Bangladeshi-English family lives in Manchester, UK. The Bangladeshi father is a respected member of the community, but still clings to his Bangladeshi heritage. He does not see that his children are totally assimilated. While loving and respecting their father, they are also full English. The complications are absolutely hilarious. The father tries desperately to bring his children back into the Bangladeshi community, but everything goes wrong for him. His oldest son proves to be gay, his younger sons have English girlfriends. One of them is creating erotic art. The crisis point for the father comes when even the son who is a devout muslim turns against him. Only then is he forced to accept the new reality of his children. (...)
4.0 out of 5 stars comedy-drama about the clash of cultures on a barebones dvd,
This review is from: East Is East (Widescreen) (DVD)George Khan (Om Puri) and his British wife (Linda Bassett) are raising their family in Manchester, England, in 1971, and George is not happy with the way his children are adapting to their English homeland. He wants them to be traditional Pakistanis, though the kids have other ideas. As you'd imagine, this creates many humorous situations. The direction and sets are very good and the cast is superb. It's absolutely hysterical to see the red-headed, chain-smoking British Bassett as she shepherds her very unBritish-looking brood. But the film takes an unexpected and darker turn as George becomes more enraged at his family's disobedience and ultimately reacts with violence. While his transformation is believable, there is never really a resolution to the tension, so I would recommend this film, but if you are wanting a flat-out comedy or a film that tries to answer the question of how to resolve multicultural conflicts, this would not meet the bill.
This is a barebones dvd, with an option for English captioning and a trailer.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of those gems you've never heard of ...,
This review is from: East Is East (Widescreen) (DVD)If you happen to catch the trailer on another Miramax release, you might order the movie on the off chance that it'll turn out to be a quirky enjoyable comedy - I did, and it is. However, the movie is MUCH more than what is portrayed in the trailer, and in my opinion deserves better exposure than it got. It is a true comedy, but it tackles the very serious issues faced by multi-cultural and immigrant families, accurately portraying the conflicts between family, tradition, and society at large. A movie that can be appreciated by anyone, it is certain to strike a special chord in the hearts of those whose traditions and values differ from those of the country they have chosen to call home.
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