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ABCD (1999)

 -  Drama  -  12 October 2000 (USA)
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The only goal of an ageing Asian-American widow is to see her son and rebellious daughter (described as an American Born Confused Deshi or ABCD) married off to respectable Indian families.

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Anju
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Raj
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Nina
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Ashok
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Brian
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Julia
Adriane Forlana Erdos ...
Tejal
Rex Young ...
Sam
Gil Grail ...
Mark
Bob Bonnet ...
Cop
Alexander Lasky ...
Gordon
David Mann ...
Tony
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Jennifer
Vince Byrne Sr. ...
MacKenzie
Nicki Cochrane ...
Asha
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The only goal of an ageing Asian-American widow is to see her son and rebellious daughter (described as an American Born Confused Deshi or ABCD) married off to respectable Indian families.

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Although Adriane Forlana Erdos is of Italian and Hungarian descent, she got the part of Indian immigrant Tejal because she looks Indian and had studied and become adept at classical Indian dance, another attribute required of the character. See more »

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Interesting but disappointing
18 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nina is a girl who wants to forget her Indian heritage and embrace generic American life. She is quite rude to her mother, who only wants what is best for her, and Ashok, a nice Indian man tying to woo her. Nina certainly has a chip on her shoulder and comes across as a bitch and a slut. (I liked the part when she tells the Indian at the newsstand not to talk to her because she is of a higher caste. He later tells Ashok "She's been in this country too long. She's a whore, that's what happens to them.") Ashok digs into why she is so cold and resistant, but again she puts up a wall. Some scenes are moving, but are often glossed over, like a certain death and breakup. The film has no resolution, Nina gets her perfect white wedding and has learns nothing you would have expected her to. Her brother Raj, who seemingly has it all together, a good job, a loving fiancé, throws it all away and we don't exactly learn why. While the film is an interesting portrait the struggle of first-generation Americans, it is ultimately disappointing.


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