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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:
Shalini Singh / Shelley Picante
Robert 'Rob' Shorwell
Blaine / Parminder 'Pammy' Brar
Neil 'Neelu' Brar
Director Alan Smithee
Shaheen Khan ...
Kirat J. Singh
Jaspal Singh
Littly J. Singh
Happy J. Singh (as Tony Yalda)
Robert M. Rey ...
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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 (

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


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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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


$126,403 (USA) (25 May 2007)

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Neil Brar: You speak Spanish?
Shalini Singh: Y Tu Mama Tambien.
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Needs work, and the film's script is not fully developed, but the film is worthy enough to be seen.
14 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After seeing "Tropic Thunder" (2008), it has become clear that Hollywood actors, directors, and writers need to do background research on the characters they are portraying.

Just the film's title alone makes the audience aware that we should 'Americanize' people, and make them 'generic Americans'. And, in doing so, we should bury or hide their culture. Right? Wrong. Americans need to become 'culture sensitive', so they convey a positive message that someone else's culture is on an equal level with Americans. I'm okay. You're okay.

A number of Indian people attended a film festival in Connecticut. Those that had become 'Americanized' were not offended by the film. But, some felt that their Indian culture was portrayed in a negative light, and should have been given the dignity and respect of being on an equal level with the American culture. A significant number of Americans act like other cultures are inferior. This is wrong, and not at all true. 'Shelley' is given an American name, and is taught how to act, feel, and think like Hollywood-stereotypical Americans.

The Indian culture needs to be researched, and the script needs to be further developed. But, even with all of its flaws, the film is worthy enough to be seen. Truly, there are some very enjoyable, very funny, and very poignant moments. For a fair attempt, I rate this film a 6 out of 10. With some polish, and more work, the film would rank at least an 8 or 9.

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