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Brilliant British (yes, British) comedy
on 24 August 2002
East is East is a brilliant film. It manages to realistically portray early 70s Salford (Manchester, UK) and the life of a British non-religious mother, a Pakistani staunch Muslim father and their seven kids, whilst indulging in one of the funniest comedies I have seen in a long time. The acting from the entire cast is superb, beautifully timed and able to capture the highs and lows and the trivial of their lives. The story is based around the clash of cultures between little England (look out for the different reactions of the Enoch Powell supporting neighbour and his grandchildren towards the Khan family: priceless!) and the unknown - and regularly misunderstood - Indian subcontinent immigrants. Without giving away too much of the story, I would recommend you just to sit back, watch and enjoy. Laugh at the genuinely funny moments (Sajid's circumcision, Salim's 'art' and Tariq being 'Tony' are my favourites) and appreciate the somewhat inevitable clashes between East and West that give the film a tenser edge, making you remember that it wasn't all Space Hoppers and groooovy music in the 70s.