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80

Film Threat

By Merle Bertrand
This well made, slightly cornball and riotously comical romantic comedy not only extols the old fashioned American dream, but charmingly...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The picture uses humor and a heartfelt conviction to tell a story about discovering your destination in life.
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70

New Times (L.A.)

By David Ehrenstein
Full of fresh and unexpected observations about the cross-culturally complex lives of second-generation Indians living in the U.S.
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63

New York Post

By Megan Lehmann
Much of the movie's gentle charm comes from Mehta, the director's younger brother, making his acting debut.
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60

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Mehta says it all so articulately and with such good humor.
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60

The New York Times

By Lawrence Van Gelder
American Chai may not tell a new story, but in its understanding, often funny way, it tells a story whose restatement is validated by the...
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60

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
Perceptive, good-natured movie.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
There are no surprises in this movie -- not even in the Bollywood parodies, when the hero and heroine finally, subversively kiss. There is...
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50

The A.V. Club

By Nathan Rabin
The ethnicity of its leads is the only novel aspect of an otherwise bland exercise.
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30

L.A. Weekly

By Mark Olsen
Chai's structure and pacing are disconcertingly slack. Missing the loose ends and ambiguities of actual conversation, the dialogue makes...
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Rated R | For some sexual dialogue