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Americanizing Shelley (2007)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  October 2008 (Germany)
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A wannabe Hollywood player sets out to Americanize an Indian girl from the Himalayas.

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Credited cast:
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Shalini Singh / Shelley Picante
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Robert 'Rob' Shorwell
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Blaine / Parminder 'Pammy' Brar
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Neil 'Neelu' Brar
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Director Alan Smithee
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Nicole
Shaheen Khan ...
Kirat J. Singh
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Jaspal Singh
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Littly J. Singh
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Happy J. Singh (as Tony Yalda)
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Georgina
Robert M. Rey ...
Elastic Surgeon
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Punjabi-speaking Shalini Singh lives a middle-classed lifestyle in the Himalayan region in India along with her mom, Kirat; dad, Jaspal; brother, Happy; and sister, Littly, and was engaged to Neil Brar as a child. Years later Neil re-locates to the United States of America, and there is no contact between him and the Singh family but Shalini hopes to marry and live with him eventually. When pressure is applied on her due to Littly's future marriage, she travels to California, where Neil is reportedly employed with Can'tAct Celebrity Management, an agency that represents Hollywood artistes. To her shock she finds him in the arms of a blonde named Nicole, and he refuses to have to do anything with her, leave alone marry her. She is then befriended by Robert Shorwell, a Caucasian male and co-worker of Neil, who offers to Americanize her so that she can win back Neil (but also to win the bet with his boos Beau Bridges who plays Gary Gordon), to which Shalini agrees but writes to her ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Rated PG for sensuality and some language | See all certifications »
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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$36,450 (USA) (11 May 2007)

Gross:

$126,403 (USA) (25 May 2007)
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Shalini Singh: All White people sound the same to me.
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One of the TOP TEN Makeover movies...
30 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Americanizing Shelly is one of the "Beast Makeover Movies" of our times. BTW, I am a huge fan of makeover films. I love watching "before and after" type stuff in movies, TV shows...just about anything. In fact, I am kinda addicted to that stuff and seek it out. I even love shows like The Swan and Dr. 90210. My friends and I love Kim Kardashian (and NEVER miss KUWTK) because of how beautiful she is (even if she has never really actually done anything in movies). But she looks like what most of us aspire to, but don't...which BTW, DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE ARE UNHAPPY AT ALL. We just appreciate beautiful looking people like some others appreciate beautiful art or beautiful scenery.

With that in mind, my friends and I have compiled a list of "10 BEST MAKEOVER MOVIES" of recent times (after 1995).

And here they are: (in random order) 1) CLUELESS 2) PRETTY WOMAN 3) THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA 4) JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE 5) MAID IN MANHATTAN 6) MY BIG FAT Greek WEDDING 7) SHE'S ALL THAT 8) MISS CONGENIALITY 9) MEAN GIRLS 10) AMERICANIZING SHELLEY.

Although, personally...CLUELESS is #1 and all the others are #2.

I am also putting together a different list of "10 BEST MAKEOVER MOVIES" of all times (prior to 1995). Please do post me a message voting for your "10 BEST MAKEOVER MOVIES" prior to 1995. And yes, I SO TOTALLY recommend this film (if you haven't already watched it)...whether you like "makeover movies" or not.


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