Josh Hamilton, Ayesha Dharker, Asif Basra
Todd: Well, a lot of Americans are upset about outsourcing.
Asha: But sir, most of the products they’re buying are made in China…
A telephone salesman, Todd (Hamilton), learns that his entire sales department is having their jobs outsourced to India. He is asked to go there and train the new manager and salespeople. Of course, Todd has some trouble adjusting to this new culture he finds himself thrown into.
I suppose it’s daring to begin a comedy with something as depressing as an entire sales department being laid off, but it’s okay in this case because we don’t have to follow any of those poor souls. We follow the guy who still has a job. Unfortunately, keeping said job depends upon him agreeing to go to India. In the first of many standard comedy scenes, we see Todd vehemently saying he will not go to India, followed closely by the next scene which is Todd actually in India. Then there’s several scenes of cultures clashing and communication difficulties that seem equally familiar.
The characters and actors are all pleasant, but it’s all so familiar that it was hard for me to work up much enthusiasm for the movie and its story, which is a potentially interesting one. I think a little more attention could have been given to the depressing nature of the unemployment situation in addition to the comedy and romance angles. The film might have had more of a heart if that were the case.
One of the big pluses of the movie is the look of everything. The Indian scenery is filmed beautifully, as are the actors. Everything looks nice, everybody acts nicely (for the most part), and the plot takes mostly nice turns. When it does take a negative turn, it always immediately finds a more positive direction to go. This makes for a pleasant viewing experience, but probably takes away from the overall quality of the movie by keeping it very one-note and out of risky territory. Despite it being largely forgettable, I still enjoyed watching this movie while it was going. It just didn’t make the same lasting impression on me that India made on Todd Anderson.
India’s Festival of Colors looks like a whole lot of fun.
10 – 2.5 for being predictable and not taking many risks + .3 for looking lovely – .8 for too many cliched, culture clashing comedy moments = 6.9