THE OTHER END OF THE LINE (James Dodson). 106 minutes. Opens Friday (October 31). Rating: N
The Other End Of The Line tells the story of an Indian call centre employee (Shriya Saran) who skips out on her arranged marriage to seek love in America with a beefcake ad exec (Jesse Metcalfe).
It's a perfectly decent cross-cultural rom-com premise, but director James Dodson and writer Tracey Jackson seem to possess only the most superficial understanding of Indian culture, American culture, advertising, call centres, romance and comedy, so it's completely wasted.
The filmmakers do understand Hollywood cliché, though. You can set your watch by the plot points as the protagonists meet cute, fall in love at montage pace, grapple with their cultural differences, discover secrets and nearly lose each other.
The lack of chemistry between the leads compounds the artificial vibe in this unreasonable facsimile of a movie.