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Dr. Cabbie (2014)

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An Indian doctor emigrates to Canada in the hope of starting a new life, but bureaucracy confines him to life as a taxi driver. When he cannot suppress his desire to practice medicine, he begins illegally treating patients from his cab.


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James Whilcher
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An unemployed doctor turned cab driver becomes a local hero when he converts his taxi into a mobile clinic. Dr. CABBIE is the heart warming journey of a young Indian Doctor who immigrates to Canada with the selfless ambition of healing others while beginning a new life in the land of opportunity. Dr. CABBIE discovers his true purpose and true love when he embarks upon this journey of a doctor turned cabbie. Written by Lisa Shamata, Unit Publicist

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19 September 2014 (Canada)  »

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Доктор Таксист  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$118,732, 28 November 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$223,003, 5 December 2014
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Though this movie is primarily set in Canada, when the police arrest Deepak, they read him the Miranda warning, which is used in the United States, not Canada. See more »


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Doctor...doctor...it hurts when I do this! I laughed so hard I almost peed myself.
11 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

Laugh out loud and enjoy this well rounded comedy encompassing lands from India and Toronto Canada. Well don't worry about any pain watching Dr. Cabbie as there are a few intermittent good laughs to keep you entertained throughout. Vinay Virmani plays Dr. Deepak Veer Chopra who recently graduated from a university in his India homeland and he decides to pack up his suitcase and his lovingly proud momma and fly half way around the world to Toronto Canada to commence practicing in his chosen field as a sworn in doctor. What Dr. Chopra forgot to do before getting on that plane headed to Toronto was confirm that his doctors' degree from India held the same credibility in Toronto Canada as it did in his homeland. Dr. Chopra after realizing that he will not be able to legally practice medicine in Toronto takes a job at his uncle's Indian restaurant as a waiter and after a half day of slapstick comedy of dropping plates of food in his customers laps or down women's tops his uncle has no recourse but to dismiss his nephew.

After feeling grossly dejected that he cannot hold down a doctor's office nor a low paying waiters job, as he solemnly walks the city streets of downtown Toronto he meets a friendly cabbie who shares his Indian heritage who convinces him to ride cab for a living. This friendly cabbie named Tony is played smartly (and predictably) by Raj, star of the Big Bang Theory, Kunal Nayyar. So these two cabbies live life somewhat differently. Tony is happy as a cabbie and knows this is his calling. Dr. Chopra on the other hand still wants to play doctor in his cab (predictably as the movie title describes). So the plot is very weak, Dr. Chopra eventually is charged by the Toronto police for illegally dispensing drugs without a Canadian doctors license and one of his first patients in his cab ends up being his lawyer defending him, and eventually becomes the love of his life. Well wouldn't you know it? It is a happy ending for Dr. Chopra and his new Canadian bride.

Although this is very light movie fare (and not cab fare) the city of Toronto is a great back drop for this comedy and the two lead actors, Vinay Virmani and Kunal Nayyar (best known as Raj on The Big Bang Theory) provide us with some good laughs and light entertainment for 101 minutes. It is worth a watch for a pleasing and innovative story line, as well for depicting the City of Toronto's beautiful city skyline. I give it a well deserved belly laugh 9 out of 10 score.

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