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It's a Wonderful Afterlife (2010)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Horror  -  21 April 2010 (UK)
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A comedy centered on an Indian mother who takes her obsession with marriage into the world of serial murder.

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Mrs. Sethi
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Roopi Sethi
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D S Raj Murthy
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Linda / Gitali
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Curry Man
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Kebab Woman / Manjit Kaur
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Dev
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Mrs. Goldman
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Nan Man / Mr. Chopra
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Jazz Sethi
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Ari
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Detective Hughes
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Southall Police are baffled by four successive homicides of East Indians, and request Detective Raj Murthy to mingle with the local community and find out who is behind the murders. Raj does so and meets with his childhood girlfriend, Roopi Sethi, who lives with her widowed mother and brother, Jazz. Both continue to meet and an unsuspecting Raj will be taken by surprise when his superiors consider Roopi as a suspect in these homicides as she knew all the deceased victims. Before they could take any further steps, a fifth homicide occurs - that of Mrs. Goldstein. Again this victim is also known to Roopi, but in order to arrest her, they must find evidence and also a motive. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Rated PG-13 for drug content and comic violent images | See all certifications »
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21 April 2010 (UK)  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£464,468 (UK) (23 April 2010)

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£813,882 (UK) (30 April 2010)
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No Afterlife Only Current Life Which Ain't Wonderful But Funny
23 July 2010 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Granted the expectations were high because of Shabana Azmi but then again, what can one expect from Gurinder Chaddha. With the exception of her segment in 'Paris, Je T'Aime', I haven't been impressed by any of her work. That said, 'It's a Wonderful Afterlife' isn't that bad. I prefer it over the boring 'Bride and Brejudice'.

The minus points are that Chaddha relies on too many Indian British clichés which have been done to death in many other films. I thought Azmi would have more screen time but was disappointed in that respect. The title is misleading. The story had so much potential but Chaddha messes it up. I didn't find the sequences with the ghosts to be amusing.

Now the plus is that most of the jokes work. I was laughing out loud especially at the sequences with Sally Hawkins. The 'Carrie' homage, though out of place, had me laughing out loud. I thought Shabana Azmi was great with what she was given. she's mostly let down by the poor script. Goldy Notay is quite likable. Sendhil Ramamurthy is limited to playing the typical love interest. Zoe Wanamaker is wasted. Sally Hawkins is a scene stealer.

Overall, I didn't mind 'It's a Wonderful Afterlife' for a one-time-watch. It made me laugh even though it could have easily been a much better movie.


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