Friday, January 24, 2014

The Other End of the Line (2008) [PG-13] **

Granger Woodruff (Jesse Metcalfe) is a rising young New York City advertising talent. One day he discovers that his bank credit card has been declined, and soon afterward he gets a call from Jennifer David at the bank's service center, saying that they suspect his card number has been stolen. Jennifer says she's in San Francisco, but in reality the bank's service center is in Mumbai (Bombay, India) and her name is Priya Sethi (played by Bollywood film star Shriya Saran).

As Priya and Granger work to identify which of his credit card charges are real and which are fraudulent, Priya becomes intrigued. She googles Granger, learns more and more about him, and slowly she begins to fall for him, although she's supposedly engaged. When Granger says he's planning a business trip to San Francisco, and suggests that they meet in person, Priya impulsively agrees to a rendezvous, partly as a fling and partly to rebel against her arranged marriage. When Granger and Priya meet in San Francisco, their fairytale romance is sweet and innocent although Priya pretends to be a nurse on holiday from Mumbai, keeping her Jennifer David identity a secret. And then her parents arrive from Mumbai, with all the expected parental hysteria.

Written by Tracey Jackson (The Guru, Confessions of a Shopaholic) and directed by James Dodson, this lightweight cross-cultural romantic comedy was filmed in Mumbai, San Francisco and New York. If you imagine a low-budget production of Fools Rush In with a Bollywood influence, poorly written with little memorable dialogue and several unnecessary subplots, directed without imagination or sensitivity, and sloppily edited, albeit with beautiful costumes, sets, music and cinematography, you'll have a good image of The Other End of the Line. This film will be best appreciated by forgiving fans of Jesse Metcalfe and Shriya Saran, and by those who enjoy the sights and sounds of both Mumbai and San Francisco. 

Labels: cross-cultural, romance

Internet Movie Database
Metacritic 40/100
Tomatometer (critics=37, viewers=50)

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