Entertainment Weekly


Stay Connected


Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content


Buddha Da

Posted on

The path to enlightenment winds along the pavement of Glasgow in this imagining of working-class Buddhism. And there’s a definite learning curve ahead for dopey, nice-guy housepainter Jimmy, whose journey into Eastern thought — because, apparently, meditation is cool — seems as tentative as his wife’s and daughter’s understanding of it. Yet as his spirituality blossoms at the local Buddhist center, his marriage crumbles — the vow of celibacy being a deal breaker. Alternating between characters’ voices in a charming Scottish brogue, Buddha ambles that fine line between cutesy and quaint, but mercifully never ventures into self-righteousness.