22 September 2011 | vchimpanzee
Adorable romantic comedy
Granger and his partner Charlie are struggling in the advertising business. They make a sultry and suggestive presentation to Kit Hawksin of Hawksin Hotels, a very demanding businessman. Hawksin is very disappointed that the ad executives do not get his conservative views, but he agrees to give them another chance.
While in bed with his intimidating girlfriend Emory, Granger receives a call from CitiOne Bank saying his identity has been stolen. It is the first of many contacts Granger will have with "Jennifer David", who claims to be from San Francisco. Actually she is Priya Sethi of Mumbai, India.
Priya is engaged to Vikram but doesn't love him. As is often the case in India, it is an arranged marriage and her conservative parents don't care what Priya wants. They are even bothered that she works the night shift (because that is daytime in the United States, where CitiOne wants its customers to think the callers are from) and seem to want her to leave that job. But Priya is very good at her job and enjoys it; she mimics an American accent perfectly. And we see the training the employees get: it's quite detailed and we see how her employer expects everyone to convince people they are American.
Charlie, meanwhile, is also about to get married, and Granger will be his best man. This provides even more distractions.
As part of his effort to win over Hawksin, Granger and Charlie have to go to San Francisco. This gives Priya a chance to meet Granger, and she reluctantly agrees to do so--in order to talk about business. She has relatives in the area and her family believes she is visiting them. Never mind how she gets so much time off work.
But when Granger arrives at the meeting place, he sees several girls who could be "Jennifer". Realizing she has seen granger, and knowing she will never live up to his expectations, she gives up on trying to meet him. But then Granger bumps into her--literally. Granger and Priya immediately make a connection, and to make sure their relationship will work, Priya keeps quiet about her real identity, claiming to be a nurse from India on vacation.
It just so happens Priya is staying at Hawksin Hotel, and Hawksin meets both Granger and Priya. He asks Priya for an evaluation of his hotel and she does a wonderful job, worthy of one of his commercials. For that he rewards her with one of the finest rooms.
Meanwhile, Priya's parents wonder what has happened to her, and they angrily take off for San Francisco to retrieve their wayward daughter.
Over the course of the movie, Granger and Priya run into numerous obstacles. Will they overcome them?
Well, I can say this much. The ending is nothing short of amazing.
Shriya Saran is beautiful, adorable, easy to like and quite talented. She does a very convincing American accent and comes across as very intelligent, though she's just cute enough not to be threatening.
Unlike Sara Foster, who is merely pretty, but we don't want to like her and we're not supposed to want her and Granger to make it.
Jesse Metcalfe also does quite a good job. Especially in one scene toward the end, but I don't want to give away too much. I'll just say he talks about the time he and Charlie went to summer camp.
The clash between cultures provides some opportunities for comedy, and both leads make this work.
Austin Basis is appealing, coming across as an friendly but somewhat incompetent. I especially liked how Hawksin intimidated him and pointed to his proper and quiet Japanese associate of thirty-plus years. Larry Miller, as Hawskin, also does a very good job as a demanding businessman.
The conservative Indian relatives make this movie different. The father Rajeev is determined to keep his family in the past but realizes he is fighting a losing battle. He is appealing in a bumbling way.
There is one hilarious scene at the San Francisco hotel involving words that can have more than one meaning. The movie does get slightly naughty from time to time, and it would be hard to describe it as a family film, but the version I saw likely had some offensive material cut out for broadcast TV and was relatively clean.
It's mostly formula but it's a winning formula.