Review Date: August 31, 2000
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Writer: Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges
Producers: Jeffrey Taylor
In fact, that is sort of related to the one thing which sort of disappointed me about the film, and that was its lack of powerful closure. The film cleaned up all of its stories by the final frame, but I honestly expected more of an emotional punch from each. The conclusions were all generally well-handled, but after spending so much time with each family, I was hoping to feel a little more from their stories, but alas, t'was not to be. Overall, the film worked on various levels including its humor, which seemed to particularly rile up the older members of our audience, and its characters, all of which were played admirably by its actors, none of whom particularly stood out more than the others. And despite a little stereotyping (to be expected since most stereotypes do derive from a little bit of fact), all of the families were very evenly presented here and giving more than enough opportunity to ingratiate themselves to the audience. A perfect movie for the holidays, one that presents a universal theme of highs and lows of family life within different cultures, this movie has the laughs, the drama, the direction and the characters to complete its interesting story presentations. Gobble-gobble and prepare to get real hungry after seeing this film, as the dishes presented within are quite droolable!