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Outsourced [DVD] [2007]


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  • Actors: Ayesha Dharker, Matt Smith, Rudolph Rodrigues
  • Directors: John Jeffcoat
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Hindi
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: High Fliers
  • DVD Release Date: 25 April 2011
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00450AG32
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,089 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Todd Anderson (Josh Hamilton) spends his days managing a call centre in Seattle until he gets the bad news from his boss his job has been outsourced to India. Adding insult to injury, Todd must travel to India to train his new replacement. He expects the worst experience of his life, and it certainly begins that way! As he navigates through the chaos of Bombay and an office paralyzed by constant cultural misunderstandings, Todd yearns to return to the comforts of home. But it is through his team of quirky yet likable Indian call centre workers, including his friendly and motivated replacement, Puro (Asif Basra), and the charming, opinionated Asha (Ayesha Dharker), that Todd realizes that he too has a lot to learn - not only about India and America, but about himself. He soon discovers that being outsourced may be the best thing that ever happened to him.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pepper #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 May 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this DVD for my parents as they loved "The Most Exotic Marigold Hotel" and I had heard that although the plot is different this film exuded a similar "feel good factor". It has not disappointed, and, in fact, has exceeded expectations. This is one of those films that makes you wonder why it didn't make a splash at the box office when it came out (2007).

The film tells the story of the manager of a call centre in Seattle (Josh Hamilton) who suddenly finds his operation is outsourced to Mumbai. The focus is on the different cultures, values and experiences and the things that can be learnt from them - for better and for worse. This is a highly enjoyable and plausible human story that makes more than a few good cultural/moral points in a lighthearted way and will certainly lift your mood.

Even if this disc was the price of a chart "blockbuster" DVD it would be well worth it, at under £3 it's a "no-brainer", buy it, and, if you've got a soul you'll love it. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christina on 15 Jan 2013
Format: DVD
The film "Outsourced", directed by John Jeffcoat and released in 2006, deals with Todd Anderson, whose call center department in Seattle is outsourced to India. His Boss wants him to go to India and train his replacement there. The film shows the huge difference between American and Indian culture. Todd meets the outspoken Asha at the new call center in India. They both quickly establish feelings for one another and prompt the film is more like a love story, than showing what outsourcing really means.

However, I like about the film that it shows, especially in the beginning, the effect outsourcing has on various people. For example Todd, who has to go to India and knows that sooner or later an Indian guy will replace him and the Indians, who have struggles with the American customers. Another strength of the film is that it presents the American and Indian culture and its differences. What I like about this aspect is that they do it in a humorous way. The viewers laugh about Todd when he, once again, drops a brick and horrifies the Indians around him or the call center employees try to speak in an American accent. Another great scene is the one when Todd finally accepts the Indian culture and joins in to the holi festival.

Still, the film has some weaknesses. First of all the film has nothing to do with outsourcing after the first few minutes. Its main themes are love and culture gap between America and India. Moreover I did not like the relationship between Todd and Asha at all. For instance when they are stuck on an island and coincidentally the hotel's only room available is the `Kamasutra Suite'. Furthermore some parts of the film were plainly unrealistic.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rob on 22 April 2009
Format: DVD
Why they haven't released this movie in the UK, I don't know. I ordered my copy from Amazon.de (German version, but does have an English soundtrack, and the interviews are in English with German subtitles). It is lovely.

Okay, so this is perhaps not the most profound movie ever made, but it has a good heart, says some true things, and is great fun. The acting is good, not just from the leads (there is a particularly touching scene from Auntie-ji near the beginning) and it is well shot. I was debating whether it really deserved 5 stars, but it would feel churlish not to give them.
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Outsourced is a fish out of water story following call centre manager Todd Anderson, affably played by Josh Hamilton, being sent from America to India to train a new team following his company's decision to sack their USA based employees. There are no surprises and all the usual culture classes but there is an enormous amount of charm in this film. It is beautifully photographed and has some comic moments but the underlying theme is of people valuing people over money, careers, and the de-humanising aspects of corporate commerce. Josh Hamilton is very likeable in his role of maligned Todd and although the film chooses to ignore a lot of India's many problems that could have been covered by a naive foreigner abroad it makes up for this by concentrating on more immediate human relationships. I did feel that too many of the Indian characters were more like caricatures as they were not developed, however. That said Ayesha Dharker did very well as Asha, very believable and more than just a pretty face. Do not expect too much from this film and you will not be disappointed, you will, however, come away from it with a very happy feeling.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rikki Northward on 14 Jun 2008
Format: DVD
Liked this film a lot. The story of an American, who goes to India to train the staff at his company's new Call Centre. He does not want to - but the boss threatens him with loss of employ benefits if he quits his job. He starts to enjoy India & gets insights into diff way of life. Some very funny moments and some romance too.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By RobGDublin on 19 Oct 2011
Format: DVD
Really engaging film where cultural differences are shown and respected. The realities for people living in India are very different from the States. I enjoyed this movie and will definitely watch it again.
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A brilliant fusion of East meets West without either having to abandon their own beliefs. I was smiling throughout the film at how perceptive, witty and honest it was . . simply sublime. Never seen Josh Hamilton before but he's adorable and Aysha Dharker is always superb in whatever she's in.It's already one of my favourite films, I'm so glad I bought it and can understand why it's won so many awards
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