6.9/10
2,011
16 user 18 critic

Today's Special (2009)

Trailer
2:23 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

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.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Popularity
4,358 ( 1,423)
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mostly Martha (2001)
Comedy | Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When a headstrong chef takes charge of her equally stubborn 8-year-old niece, the tensions between them mount... until an Italian sous-chef arrives to lighten the mood.

Director: Sandra Nettelbeck
Stars: Martina Gedeck, Maxime Foerste, Sergio Castellitto
Big Night (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business.

Directors: Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci
Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, Marc Anthony
Haute Cuisine (2012)
Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The story of Danièle Delpeuch and how she was appointed as the private chef for François Mitterrand.

Director: Christian Vincent
Stars: Catherine Frot, Arthur Dupont, Jean d'Ormesson
Le Grand Chef (2007)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young, incredibly talented chef quits the profession after a contest to head a world-class restaurant ends in tragedy. Retiring to a small rural town with his grandfather, he finds a new ... See full summary »

Director: Yun-su Chong
Stars: Kang-woo Kim, Won-hie Lim, Ha-na Lee
Tortilla Soup (2001)
Comedy | Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A Mexican-American master chef and father to three daughters has lost his taste for food but not for life.

Director: Maria Ripoll
Stars: Hector Elizondo, Jacqueline Obradors, Tamara Mello
Le Chef (2012)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A veteran chef faces off against his restaurant group's new CEO, who wants to the establishment to lose a star from its rating in order to bring in a younger chef who specializes in molecular gastronomy.

Director: Daniel Cohen
Stars: Jean Reno, Michaël Youn, Raphaëlle Agogué
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory's Michelin-starred eatery.

Director: Lasse Hallström
Stars: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Paul Liebrandt is one of the most talented and controversial chefs in the food world and the youngest chef to have received 3 stars from the New York Times. He was 24. NY Times food critic,... See full summary »

Director: Sally Rowe
Stars: Heston Blumenthal, Daniel Boulud, Frank Bruni
Crime | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Nicolas, a handsome, young waiter, is befriended by Frédéric Delamont, a wealthy middle-aged businessman. Delamont, a man of power, influence and strictly refined tastes, is immediately ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Rapp
Stars: Bernard Giraudeau, Jean-Pierre Lorit, Florence Thomassin
Outsourced (2006)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After his entire department is outsourced, an American novelty products salesman (Hamilton) heads to India to train his replacement.

Director: John Jeffcoat
Stars: Josh Hamilton, Ayesha Dharker, Asif Basra
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A documentary about three unique restaurants and their respective owners.

Director: Joseph Levy
Stars: Grant Achatz, Cindy Breitbach, Mike Breitbach
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The life of a top chef changes when she becomes the guardian of her young niece.

Director: Scott Hicks
Stars: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Steve
...
Stanton
...
Henna (as Aarti Majmudar)
...
Samir
...
Carrie
...
Dr. Semaan
...
Akbar
...
Munnamia
...
Restaurant Patron
...
Regular #2
...
Freddie
...
Woman #2 (as Chloe Cmarada)
...
Hakim
...
Farrida
Ranjit Chowdhry ...
Regular #1
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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

Taglines:

Life Has No Recipe

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

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)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Madhur Jaffrey, who plays Samir's mother, is a celebrated expert in Indian cuisine, and the author of many cookbooks. See more »

Quotes

Akbar: Eating with utensils is like making love with an interpreter.
See more »

Connections

Spin-off Today's Special: New York Indian (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

What's Under The House
Written by Siddhartha Khosla
Performed by Goldspot
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


9 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
bloody good film goofydust
Anyone else going to be an extra in it? JaniceMarieFoote
This film deserves wider release. PadawanEricaDawn
WHY NO SOUNDTRACK?! GANESHi
More Naseeruddin Shah? profebc
Doesn't anyone else think Jess Weixler has been overlooked??? mamlukman
Discuss Today's Special (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?