West Is West (15)

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Time Out says

Tue Feb 22 2011

It’s hard to get excited about this late sequel to the 1999 box office smash ‘East Is East’. The 12-year gap suggests it’s no simple cash-in and yet there’s little feeling it’s a story demanding to be heard. We’re back in 1970s Salford where Om Puri stars as Pakistani patriarch George, who again precedes every noun with ‘bloody’ in order to instil national pride in the minds of his wayward brood. Young Sajid (debutant Aqib Khan) – sadly shorn of his trademark, over-sized parka – is having a tough time caring about his heritage. And so we’re packed off to an unfeasibly lush Pakistan for the rest of the film, where Sajid is grudgingly submerged in family history and George must face past demons which explain why he decamped to Salford and married a white woman (Linda Bassett, sadly underused).

With no culture-clash cliché left unplundered, Andy DeEmmony sets his camera to autopilot for a film which never decides who or what it’s about. There’s some formulaic fun in the script, mostly in Sajid’s curt, sweary reaction to local custom, but the film doesn’t come together, partly because it veers back and forth between broad comedy and high melodrama, but mainly because we never feel an iota of empathy for either George or his child-rearing issues.
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15

UK release:

Fri Feb 25, 2011

Duration:

103 mins

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J Ryan

Time Out is Out -- don't know what they are talking about. Splendid pic, wonderful dialogue and stunning photography. Very glad we went. 2 OAP's

polaripete

Not as good as the first film, this one took quite a while to get going, but when it did (about half way through and especially when Mum arrived from England) it was entertaining and quite moving. The comedy sequences, such as they are, rely purely on the Manchester accents and the (bad) language, there were no laugh out loud moments like I remember from the original but the music was stirring. A little bit forgettable.

Mike

Can't think why they made this film. As TO says, it's cliched, and very predictable. Not a scratch on East is East, so don't go if you were hoping for more of the same - it's not. One star.

DanielleBobbi

Really enjoyed this film, was really good, loved the way it was set quite a few years ago too, in my opinion i prefferred east is east but i suppose its everyone to their own.

shanaz

I watched the film with my friends and family (all second and third generation British Bangladeshis) and thoroughly enjoyed it as we could all relate to how our parents struggled to bring us up in the cold North of England whilst remaining loyal to their poor relatives they had left behind in sunny lush Bangladesh. I would have enjoyed the film more if they had shown more of Sajid's brothers and sister, Meena.

Doris

I was fortunate to attend a special screening of West is West. The film is beautifully shot, funny and moving. I spent a most delightful and enjoyable afternoon. Om Puri is even better here than in East is East and gives a memorable performance. He enjoys great support from the rest of the cast, topped by a wonderful performance from Aqib Khan as the slightly older Sajid from East is East. This film is a winner and I will watch it again. Doris Ler

Doris

I was fortunate to attend a special screening of West is West. The film is beautifully shot, funny and moving. I spent a most delightful and enjoyable afternoon. Om Puri is even better here than in East is East and gives a memorable performance. He enjoys great support from the rest of the cast, topped by a wonderful performance from Aqib Khan as the slightly older Sajid from East is East. This film is a winner and I will watch it again. Doris Ler