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Hilarious, but just one big Stereotype
on December 18, 2001
This movie gets two stars because: a) Most of the actors put up a decent performance, and many moments of this movie were generally funny. That being said, this movie made absolutely no attempt to capture the real clash of culture and tradition that takes place when people from the 'East' migrate to the 'West'. Just to give some background, the story is about a family consisting of a 1st generation immigrant Pakistani father, his English wife, and their children, and the clash which takes place between the traditional father and the 'modern' children. The father is such a one-dimensional charachter. We know nothing about him: 1) What was his life like in Pakistan 2)Being as conservative as he is, what made him to marry an English woman? 3) Why do these two stay together, considering the horrible amount of abuse the father dishes out? We never see his point of view, except for one line in which he tries to explain to one of his sons why he is so harsh on them. That was it. The rest of the whole movie portrays him as uncouth, abusive and ignorant and nowhere does the movie attempt to show that any other form of South Asian man exists, i.e. that all people from the 'East' are like the father. Being South Asian, I take offense at this portrayal, as all it helps is to propagate stereotypes and racism against Pakistanis and other South Asians, which I don't think was necessary in this day and age. The movie makes a poor attempt capture the melancholy and struggle that immigrants go through in their new home. Watch it for laughs, but please, don't take this movie as representative of the South Asian diaspora in England/America, as you'll be doing all of them a dishonour. If this topic interests you, I recommend two movies, which are not so well known, but deal with the subject intelligently:
2)ABCD (Just released in theaters as of December 18th 2001).