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Today's Special (2009)

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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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David Kaplan

Writers:

Aasif Mandvi (screenplay), Jonathan Bines (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Dean Winters ... Steve
Jess Weixler ... Carrie
Kevin Corrigan ... Stanton
Aarti Mann ... Henna (as Aarti Majmudar)
Aasif Mandvi ... Samir
Naseeruddin Shah ... Akbar
Amir Arison ... Dr. Semaan
Ajay Naidu ... Munnamia
Angela Lewis ... Woman Looking at Menu
Kevin Breznahan ... Freddie
Chloe Brooks ... Woman #2 (as Chloe Cmarada)
Madhur Jaffrey ... Farrida
Erica Peeples ... Waitress
Kumar Pallana ... Regular #2
Harish Patel ... Hakim
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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>

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chef | cooking | cook | food | indian food | See All (33) »

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Life Has No Recipe

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Comedy

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

7 to the Palace See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$90,639, 21 November 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$400,654, 3 April 2011
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The restaurant shown in the movie is now Thakali Kitchen in Flushing, NY, specializing in Nepalese and Tibetan cuisine. See more »

Quotes

Akbar: Eating with utensils is like making love with an interpreter.
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References Aradhana (1969) See more »

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What's Under The House
Written by Siddhartha Khosla
Performed by Goldspot
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Dangerous to diabetics
2 February 2013 | by Mel FamieSee all my reviews

Lighter than light, frothier than froth, sweeter than sweet, with an impressive lack of attention to trivial things like character, continuity, or motivation. This film wasn't written so much as it was constructed out of existing bits and pieces, with any element of surprise or originality clinically excised. On the bright side, it was slickly filmed and lit, with some nice food shots which rescued it from being rated zero stars.

I wanted to like this movie. Independent, "small" film, some talented actors, and about a subject I love, all things that would predispose me to forgive minor flaws. Nope, even with that head-start, "Today's Special" made me wish that I had that 2 hours of my life back.

It might make a decent date film if you're trying to impress someone who's a bit shallow and slow.


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