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ABCD (1999)

Unrated | | Drama | 12 October 2000 (USA)
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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Its about choices!

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$200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$83,372, 2 December 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$120,000
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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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References Saturday Night Fever (1977) See more »

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Horribly flawed look at South Asian Americans
5 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

This film tries and fails to be a compelling account of the experiences of Indians growing up in the U.S. The perspective espoused here matches up nicely with the the view that many Indians hold of ABCDs: that all of them have forgotten their heritage and culture, that all the women are promiscuous, the men are conflicted yet also promiscuous, that all ABCDs hate their parents with a passion and seek to flout their moral standards at every opportunity, and that the women can be redeemed (temporarily at least)by having sex with a ridiculous, platitude-spouting FOB. The characterization of the main players is reduced to empty stereotype. Events that might have been moving are rendered flat and absent of feeling. Motives for actions are at best unclear. Anyone who has even a passing familiarity with the subject matter or has lived the experience will most likely be repulsed by this film. I haven't even mentioned the terrible acting or the incredibly bad dialogue. Watch "The Namesake" for a true-to-life version of the conflicts that are explored so unconvincingly here.


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