Review: Meet the Patels

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Meet the Patels turns out to be another documentary film that entertains me. At this rate, I’m going to have to refrain from saying I’m not into non-fiction movies.

Thanks to their kickstarter backers, Meet the Patels brings a documentary  to the screen that is more than a documentary. It is a romantic-comedy played out in real life, a rom-com involving a first-generation Indian son.

It is a film that pits Ravi Patel against what his loving parents want and what Ravi desires in a partner. This is struggle well known to those of mixed heritage. This Thai-american writer can definitely relate to the juggle of two cultures .

To make this even better, it was filmed by his sister. I wonder how hard it was not to meddle with her brother’s antics. Even with one behind the camera, the siblings were very close and often joined forces against the cultural obligations from their parents.

The film begins as Ravi mopes his break up with his ex-girlfriend, someone his parents have no clue about. As Ravi lounges about, the Patel parental units throw up various ways to get Ravi a wife as quickly as possible. As they continually point out, Ravi is 30 and high time he had a family.

We follow along over a year as Ravi  is thrown biodata sheets  of women, flying to India for a convention specifically geared towards meeting future spouses, going on blind dates, scouring weddings, and more. It is really something to see the parents work so hard on finding a wife for their son when they pamper him so much.

What made this documentary stand out and amuse me greatly were the animated moments. They were simpleand hilarious. There should be a comic that continues on. I highly encourage this endeavor and patiently await the kickstarter that shall  announce this.

Even with all the humor Meet the Patels definitely showcases something that is common to almost everyone in America: dating someone outside of your culture. It is a dance of the parents wanting to continue their ideals and traditions as the children want something more.

The main  focus, Ravi, has what it takes to keep the audience engaged. He’s handsome, has a great voice, and is funny, awkward, and sincere. Even with the swift ending, the audience is pretty happy that Ravi is happy. Not only was he entertaining, his parents were phenomenal, especially the dad. For a documentary following a family, they were all definite crowd-pleasers.

The next theatrical screening for the film will be at the London Indian Film Festival in July 2015.

You can view the trailer on their website at www.meetthepatelsfilm.com.

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