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Mixing Karma (2009)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 3 February 2009 (USA)
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Cultures clash humorously for a Seattle artist when his cowboy father thinks art's a joke while an Indian family believes art is his destiny. Fireworks go off when falls for his "Indian Family's" exotic daughter.







Credited cast:
Collin Stark ... Ryan Stern
... Raj Shah
... Priya Shah
Stephan Weyte ... Jack Stern
... Ram Shah
Pushpa Rawal ... Gayatri Shah
Mark Pinckney ... John Stern
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Raj Angolkar ... Uncle Haresh
Tejal Angolkar ... Dancer
... Young Raj Shah
Chalon Williams ... Bartender


From the time Ryan was just a boy he's had one dream - to become an artist. Cultures clash humorously as his cowboy father thinks art's a joke while an Indian family across the street believes art is his destiny. Ryan struggles to find his voice as an artist, getting rejected by gallery after gallery while attempting to get a show. Priya, the exotic Indian girl, seems to believe in his talent. Ram, Priya's Dad, might have the answers to Ryan's Karma. Or does he? And Ryan's older brother John, the dysfunctional screw up, ironically could hold the key. Conflicts arise when Ram discovers his beloved daughter falling in love with the struggling artist which sets off a dramatic confrontation that leaves all relationships at risk. Will Ryan achieve his dream? Will he get the girl? It's all up to Karma... Written by Ken Oelerich

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Two Passions, One Karma


Comedy | Drama


Not Rated


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3 February 2009 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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The Director's Art: All the art in Mixing Karma is Ken Oelerich's, the Director's, art. The film uses the Director's art from when he was a boy of 5, to his high school years of experimenting with various styles to his mature work as a showing artist. See more »

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Romantic comedy on an unfortunately low budget, but art can save it
24 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

In "Mixing Karma", Ryan (Collin Stark) is sure he's destined to become an artist. His father thinks otherwise, but the Indian family across the street is happy to support, until their daughter gets involved. It's a low-budget romantic comedy about family, pursuing your dreams and then pursuing the girl.

All the elements in the story have been done before and been done better than this. There wasn't anything particularly thoughtful added to the whole struggling artist, conservative father, and clash of cultures ideas. Although, making those ideas seem new would be putting the film on a whole other playing field which isn't exactly fair to it.

I enjoyed the main actors and their characters. They were fairly charming and sweet if not all that funny. The minimal atmosphere of the film due to the low budget doesn't help it, or the actors. The acting and the dialogue all seemed very forced. You're going to need to be really interested in the story to be able to get past that.

What is different to "Mixing Karma" is that we see Ryan's art. Apparently, it's real art created by the filmmaker when he was a struggling artist. To the untrained eye, the art looked exceptionally good, and it added a much needed sense of realism to the tired story. For a good mix of art to a rather stale romantic comedy, "Mixing Karma" isn't all that bad.

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