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Today's Special (2009)

 -  Comedy  -  11 November 2009 (USA)
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In this super-feel-good foodie comedy, young Manhattan chef Samir rediscovers his heritage and his passion for life through the enchanting art of cooking Indian food.

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Cast

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Carrie
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Henna (as Aarti Majmudar)
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Steve
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Akbar
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Samir
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Stanton
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Dr. Semaan
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Munnamia
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Freddie
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Regular #2
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Woman #2
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Farrida
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Andrei
Ranjit Chowdhry ...
Regular #1
Harish Patel ...
Hakim
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Samir is a sous chef in Manhattan. He quits when he's not promoted - his boss says his cooking lacks soul. He decides to find an unpaid internship in Paris, but his father suffers a heart attack keeping him home for a few weeks. Samir must run the family's failing Indian restaurant in Queens. He can't cook Indian food, so things get dire when the chef quits: Samir tracks down Akbar, a cabbie who claims to have cooked for British royalty in Bombay. Akbar cooks with mind, heart, and gut - and offers philosophy as well. With the help of Carrie, whom he met at the Manhattan restaurant, Samir begins to enjoy the work. But will his father approve, and if not, what then? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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chef | cooking | cook | food | indian food | See All (34) »

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Life Has No Recipe

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Rated R for language

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11 November 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

7 to the Palace  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$90,639 (USA) (19 November 2010)

Gross:

$317,831 (USA) (10 December 2010)
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When Samir and Carrie go out for their first date, they visit the Arepa Lady, made famous by Jim Leff and the contributors to Chowhound.com . See more »

Quotes

Akbar: Eating with utensils is like making love with an interpreter.
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Spin-off Today's Special: New York Indian (2012) See more »

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What's Under The House
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An absolute joy. If you're not happier at the end then you need to take some medication.
8 February 2012 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

Yes this is a feel good movie and in some ways an adult coming of age movie but it's in no way stupid or trite.

The performances of all are impeccable, even the smallest of characters seem real and fully formed. The soundtrack is also fabulous.

Some of the plot I could see coming about a mile in advance but I really didn't care because I was enjoying it so much.

The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi co-wrote and starred in this, this may put some more conservative viewers off but then they probably wouldn't watch the movie anyway because it's about Muslims in New York. I may be turning into Bill Maher.

I guess there's really no reason why I should try to persuade conservatives to watch it... except... it's a gem. Warning... may contain brown people.

It's sensitive, heartwarming, funny and uplifting without too many obvious clichés and as Aasif Mandvi's first movie, it's a triumph for him and a joy for us.


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