Bruce Fretts
September 22, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

East Is East

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
96 minutes
performer
Linda Bassett, Om Puri
director
Damien O'Donnell
distributor
Miramax
genre
Comedy, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C

In 1971 London, an uptight but wacky Pakistani immigrant (My Son the Fanatic‘s Puri) flips when his half-Brit offspring stray from the family’s strict Muslim ways. It’s a potentially piquant comedic premise, but the script doesn’t win favor with its painfully strained gags about circumcision and arranged marriages. And when the story takes a jarringly dark turn, East Is East really goes south. C

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