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Ah, globalism
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 12, 2007
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CULTURE-CLASHING COMEDY: But not too cliché’d.

When Todd Anderson (Josh Hamilton) loses his job managing a Seattle catalogue-fulfillment call center, he soon finds himself on a plane to India . . . to train his own replacement. A stolen cellphone and a little diarrhea later, this fish-out-of-water arrives in Gharapuri, a charming village rife with street urchins and cows prone to wandering in and out of half-constructed concrete office spaces. How delightfully cliché’d. And yet, John Jeffcoat’s culture-clashing comedy (inspired by a semester spent abroad) avoids triteness by way of a winsome cast. Stage-trained Hamilton is a real find, conveying just enough genial befuddlement to win both the trust of his successor, Puru (Asif Basra), and the heart of outspoken employee Asha (Ayesha Dharker), as he imparts the secrets of peddling “kitsch to redneck schmucks” –– unfamiliar words to Indians cheerfully posing as Americans from “Chi-cah-go” to sell cheap crap produced in China. Ah, globalism. Hindi + English | 103 minutes | Kendall Square
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