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Meet the Patels (2014)

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An Indian-American man who is about to turn 30 gets help from his parents and extended family to start looking for a wife in the traditional Indian way.

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Geeta Patel, Ravi Patel
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A feature film adaptation of the Patel siblings' documentary about their family pressuring Ravi to get married and start a family.

Directors: Geeta Patel, Ravi Patel
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ravi Patel ... Himself (as Ravi V. Patel)
Geeta Patel Geeta Patel ... Herself (as Geeta V. Patel)
Champa V. Patel Champa V. Patel ... Herself
Vasant K. Patel Vasant K. Patel ... Himself
Audrey Wauchope ... Herself (as Audrey Alison Wauchope)
Chandar Abboy Chandar Abboy ... Himself
Chirag Patel ... Himself
Renita Abboy Renita Abboy ... Herself
Rali Amin Rali Amin ... Herself
Sunkrish Bala ... Himself
Ankur Desai Ankur Desai ... Himself
Chirag Desai Chirag Desai ... Himself
Amisha Desai Amisha Desai ... Herself
Paresh Desai Paresh Desai ... Himself
Jyotsna Desai Jyotsna Desai ... Herself
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An Indian-American man who is about to turn 30 gets help from his parents and extended family to start looking for a wife in the traditional Indian way.

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A laugh-out-loud, real-life romantic comedy!


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Rated PG for thematic elements, brief suggestive images and incidental smoking | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

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English | Gujarati

Release Date:

11 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Meet the Patels See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$72,180, 13 September 2015

Gross USA:

$1,700,681

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,700,681
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I love performance art!
22 January 2016 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'MEET THE PATELS': Three and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

A comedic documentary flick; about an Indian-American actor, who's been single most of his life, that agrees to allow his traditional parents, to set him up with a potential bride (on a trip to India). The film was directed by Ravi Patel (who also stars in the movie), and his sister Geeta. Geeta also filmed most of the documentary, in really poor quality video, and her footage is mixed with comedic animated sequences too (explaining unfilmed plot points). The film is interesting, and funny; it also has a great leading man performance, in Ravi Patel.

Ravi Patel is a 29-year-old actor; who's played a lot of clichéd Indian-American 'bit parts' (in many movies). He's been single most of his life, and just broke up with his first girlfriend (Audrey Wauchope); due to a fear his parents wouldn't accept her (Audrey is an American redhead). On a trip with his family to India, he decides to allow his parents (Vasant and Chapa), to set him up with an Indian girl; in the traditional Indian family way. The film examines the concept of arranged couples, while Ravi's sister (Geeta) films the whole thing (she's also been single most of her life).

The movie is interesting, in a very comedic (but informative) way. It's also extremely personal at times; and Ravi Patel is very funny, and charming. I enjoyed the movie, quite a bit, but it's a little hard for me to believe it's all completely genuine. Like a lot of modern documentary films, the movie seems more like really creative performance art; than like watching real people (acting completely genuine), in completely real situations (it seems at least partially staged). But I love performance art, I practice it a lot myself; and I love entertaining documentary flicks, like this, too.

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