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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Escape and be uplifited for an hour and a half!
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)...
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3.0 out of 5 stars outsourced film review
The movie "outsourced" bears more than the love between the protagonist Todd (Josh Hamilton) and the Indian girl Asha (Ayesha Dharker). It also presents a tipical topic of globalisation.
The american, Todd, is selected to be sent to India where he is supposed to teach his new emplyees how to work in a call center because his company outsourced. The film's director...
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Escape and be uplifited for an hour and a half!, 6 May 2012
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars outsourced film review, 15 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Outsourced [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
The movie "outsourced" bears more than the love between the protagonist Todd (Josh Hamilton) and the Indian girl Asha (Ayesha Dharker). It also presents a tipical topic of globalisation.
The american, Todd, is selected to be sent to India where he is supposed to teach his new emplyees how to work in a call center because his company outsourced. The film's director (John Jeffcoat) portrays the Indian culture through out the movie, by showing Todd struggle with rules as, do not eat with your left hand, or letting him take part at the holi festival. Realising the gorgeous employee Asha has a crush on him turns the theme from a culture shock into a love story. Of course this is a recipe for a disaster because Asha will be forces to marry someone her parents chose. Todd also is under pressure because his boss wants him to decrease the MPI (minutes per Incident) from twelve down to six.
With all these issues arising the main topic, outsourcing, fades from the spotlight. At the end of the movie it is finally brought back up when the call center is supposed to be outsourced to China.
All in all "Outsourced" is a successful movie Todd learns to adapt the Indian culture and even solves his problems the Indian way.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!, 22 April 2009
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amiable and entertaining, 29 Nov. 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful and Refreshing, 14 Feb. 2015
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This film is delightful, it brings India alive and the plot is refreshing. Though gentle it is very funny, if you know something about Hinduism or life in India you can enjoy the bemusment of the main character, if you don't know anything about Hinduism you will enjoy being bemused along with him! This film is well acted and directed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Outsourced Review, 15 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Outsourced [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
The American movie "Outsourced" was directed by John Jeffcoat and released in 2006.

When a call center is shifted to India from Seattle, the current and formal leader Todd Anderson has to travel to India to train his successor. Deterred by the chaos in Mumbai and numerous cultural misunderstandings the start is not easy for Todd in India. With the help of the motivated Puro and the opinionated Asha Todd notices that he still has to learn much about cultures and himself.

The main characters are Todd Anderson, Asha and Puro.
Todd is played by the American actor Josh Hamilton. It becomes obvious that he (Todd)is not familiar with the Indian culture. After the first culture shock including, among other things, the food and half-finished shell as workplace Todd finally understands the customs and habits in India. Furthermore, he falls in love with the Indian girl Asha, but their relationship does not have a future, because Asha is promised to a man since she was four.
The character of Asha is embodied by the Indian actress Ayesha Dharker. The charming Asha behaves different to the stereotypical Indian woman. She works in the call center, hence she earns her own money and is independent. But she also attachs value to her family. Therefore she accepts the arranged marriage with a man she will learn to love.
The last protagonist Puro is played by Asif Basra. Puro is the replacement of Todd. He is friendliy and motivated to learn how to be in charge of the company. This motivation is caused by his planed marriage for which he needs money to receive the permission of the possible brides' parents.

From my point of view the movie has strenghts as well as weaknesses.
There are only a couple of smaller remarks about the weaknesses. Firstly, some scenes were exagerated for example the situation with the boy who stole Todd's mobilephone twice, but gave it back to him. This exageration of stereotypical Indians appears several times. Secondly and finally, the actors were not very appealing to me. They could not convince me with their role.
One important strenght of the movie is the dealing with a current topic. It gives a critical view on the globalization and exploitation but it also shows that people have to open themselves to new cultures. This is portrayed in a humorous way for instance the misunderstandings between Todd and Puro and Todd's helplessness after having etating Indian food. Furthermore, problems between culturous which might appear are depicted. By including the Holi festival on which people throw colours etc. at each other, parts of the Indian culture are presented in a vividly way. In addition, the scene shows one important change in Todd's behavior when he starts to understand and to accept the Indian customs. Moreover, the spectators notice that he is and feels integrated. Additionally this movie portrays several parts of India and you remember impressive but also unusual impressions. As already mentioned the familiar atmosphere and the entertainment of the spectators play important roles in the movie. By connecting a difficult and current topic with humorous insertions (another example is the scene in which Todd and Asha "make fun" of the other one's culture) the movie stays entertaining but is still stimulating.

To but it in a nutshell, in my opinion "Outsourced" is a comedy which can be recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Film Review of John Jeffcoat's "Outsourced", 15 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Outsourced [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
John Jeffcoat's film "Outsourced" is a charming and lighthearted comedy that appeals because of its timelineness and strong cast of likable characters.
The story deals with a young man called Todd (Josh Hamilton) who manages a call center in Seattle until his boss tells him that his job has been outsourced to India. There he has to train his new replacement to achieve a low company MPI. First of all, his new situation which is full of cultural missunderstandings, overtaxes him but then he accustoms himself, on account of his charming colleague Asha (Ayesha Dharker), more and more to the surroundings. This is the beginning of a romantic love story which, however, is characterized by obstacles.
From my piont of view, I can recommand the film because it concerns a world wide problem of the globalization and is combined with a love story. Your get to know several facts about the Indian culture e.g. the Holi-festival and you learn how the Indians live and especially work, which is portrayed in an humorous way. Additionally, the differences between the expectations of the American and the Indian workers are well portrayed: The American way is "to work your ass off" and get some credit card dept so that they could buy a Plasma TV meanwhile the Indians were only getting a subsistence wage. I like the fact how Todd copes well with the new surroundings although he had several difficulties at the beginning. But in the end, he accepts the culture and even goes on with some Indian habits when he is back in Seattle (e.g. drinking tea with sugar).
But on the other hand, the film has weaknesses because from my point of view it is unrealistic that a white and good-dressed man can walk through the slums without anything happens to him. Another point of critique is that the film does not show the differences between rich and poor but only shows the positiv side of India. Moreover, I do not like the fact that Asha, as a traditional woman, replaces Todd when he is late at work because, normally, a tipical woman is inferior and will never get the chance of a higher position than her male colleagues.
To conclude, one can say that this film is a recommandable comedy to pass the time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Outsourced film critique, 15 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Outsourced [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
John Jeffcoat's film "Outsourced" contains the recent topic of globalization which draws the connection between title and content. Todd Anderson ( Josh Hamilton) is the manager of an American call center, but his job has been outsourced to India where he has to train his new replacement.Thus, the director arouses attention to the topic that is critically discussed all over the world. In addition to this daily subject, colors and the charme of the Indian location, an odinary lovestory between Todd and Asha( Ayesha Dhaker), his charming and opinionated coworker, and the humour that is created by the encounter of two absolutely different cultures are crucial points that make the film worth watching.
At first, the movie seems to be the typical story of a man who moves to another country, falls in love with a woman, stumbles over a few problems, but receives the"happy ending" that he deserves. But the development of the protagonist Todd who accepts the unacquainted culture, opens up himself and becomes integrated, is presented in a likeable way. It starts when he meets another American in a McDonalds "Clone", who tells him that he should stop resisting India and he should give it a go instead. From that point on, the change occurs: He learns about Indian values such as family, tradiitons and their beliefs.
The movie points out that one individual alone has no chance standing the force of economy, because it shatters every person trying to bend it in a particular way. So, one has to adapt him- or herself to the situation in order to succeed which Todd perfectly manages.
However, the film deals with serious topics like arranged marriage, globalization and the Indian culture. But in a serious way? No. The impression arises that it focusses only on the entertainment of the audience and does not take the problems of India's society and the gap between rich and poor wholeheartedly.
Moreover, people and their behaviour are portrayed in a stereotypical and exaggerated way. To sum up, it can be concluded that the film is well worth seeing for all the people who want to see an amiable but ordinary lovestory and parts of the topics globalization and India. For all those who want to learn something about Indian culture and how to deal with problems of the Indian society in detail should better watch a documentary. But overall,I am still convinced that it is a successful movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Successful. Charming. Humorous., 15 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Outsourced [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
The comedy "Outsourced", with Josh Hamilton as the main character Todd Anderson, presents a clash of the American and Indian culture in an extremely charming and humorous way. As viewer you experience, together with Todd, the first confrontations with the Indian traditions, like the Holi festival or the arrangement of marriages. The last gives the movie the "Hollywood-typical" tragedy between all harmony. The love story between Todd and the oppinionated Indian girl Asha gets destroyed, because of the fact that she is espoused to an Indian man. But to tell the truth, the development of the love story is not surprising, due to its predictability, which can be seen as a tiny weakness of the movie. In course of the story, the Indian characters and Todd get close to each other and begin to complement one another. Indian easiness and spontaneity combined with American ambition and know-how lead to a great success in the company Todd works for. This development is humorously illustrated by the MPI-clock, which shows the minutes per incident, the Indian employees need for a call on average. During the whole movie, you come across typical prejudices of Indian people, which might seem exaggerated for one or another. The end of the story is,that the company outsources again - this time from India to China. To me, it sounds odd and not logical, that a company outsources a second time after only a few months. But the story starts with Todd getting outsourced and ends with him, giving his job in China to his Indian assistant Puro. In doing so, he outsources his own job, and so the circle comes to an end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining, in part even instructive but really not about outsourcing, 10 Mar. 2013
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A fast paced and highly entertaining film that shows a lot about East meeting West in the global village of the XXI century. I have been to India many times and could fully identify with Todd as he finds his bearings amidst the customs and peculiarities of Indian society. Like him, I was mesmerized but then forcefully attracted to India.

And this is what this film is really about. It is not about outsourcing and its economic, social and political implications. The ending is good fun, unpredictable and ...feel good!

Of course this is the India of modern young call center workers, not the average India of village life, poverty and illiteracy. But it is an increasingly important part of India. It is the future of India.

The film ends with the Indian call center shutting down as jobs are shifted to China where they are still cheaper. I am not sure this is realistic, at least for call centers, since Indians have a hugh advantage when it comes to speaking English and learning an American accent. The Philippines, rather than China, could be a more realistic alternative.
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