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Vijay and I (2013)

Wilhelm Wilder (Will) is a talented actor stuck on a New York City children's TV show where he portrays Bad Luck Bunny, a hapless green rabbit. Feeling a failure, he bears his fate with ... See full summary »

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Sam Garbarski

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Matthew Robbins (screenplay by), Sam Garbarski (based on a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Moritz Bleibtreu ... Will
Patricia Arquette ... Julia
Danny Pudi ... Rad
Catherine Missal ... Lily
Michael Imperioli ... Micky
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Akram ... Puerto Rican Waiter
Jeannie Berlin ... Mrs. Korokowski
Joel Brody ... A Punjabi
Tess Bryant Tess Bryant ... News Anchor
Jeff Burrell ... Man in therapy
Antonia Dauphin Antonia Dauphin ... Gaby
Nat DeWolf ... Middle aged man
Tania Garbarski ... Alex
Megan Gay ... Woman in therapy
Jerry Hyman Jerry Hyman ... Russian Taxi Driver
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Wilhelm Wilder (Will) is a talented actor stuck on a New York City children's TV show where he portrays Bad Luck Bunny, a hapless green rabbit. Feeling a failure, he bears his fate with touching self-irony, but grows sulky and petulant when he thinks that his wife, daughter and all his friends have forgotten his 40th birthday. In the confusion following a road accident, all the world believes he is dead. Instead of rectifying the situation, he decides to fulfill a fantasy and attend his own funeral. Here he will learn what everyone really thinks of him. With the aid of his best friend Rad, an Indian restaurant-owner, Will becomes Vijay Singh, a handsome and gentlemanly Sikh, complete with turban and beard. On this memorable occasion and in the days that follow, Vijay is surprised to learn some embarrassing truths about Will. And on top of it, his newly-widowed, beautiful wife Julia takes an unseemly, romantic interest in this elegant, sexy stranger. Will confronts a unique problem: ... Written by Sam Garbaski

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5 September 2013 (Germany) See more »

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When Will is shooting program in TV studio, a hat is attached to his suit. When he leaves studio, his hat is no longer visible. See more »

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Puni-singh
18 September 2015 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

German actor Moritz Bleibtreu plays Will Wilder a German émigré who is a classically trained actor stuck playing a big green rabbit on Kids TV.

He is about to turn 40 and realises his life is struck in a rut. His marriage to Julia (Patricia Arquette) has lost his spark, his teenage daughter is moody and he thinks everyone have forgotten about his birthday.

When his car is stolen and later crashes, Will is mistakenly declared dead and in order to find out what people thought about him and to attend his own funeral he gets his Indian restaurateur friend Rad (Danny Pudi) to disguise himself as a Sikh called Vijay with a turban, fake beard and tan.

To his surprise his widow not realising who Vijay is wants sex with him and he strives to become a better person as he realises that his wife is actually happy herself after years of marriage.

This independent feature made with mostly European funding and a German director is meant to be an offbeat, quirky Billy Wilder inspired farce. However it is none of these things.

Just as Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman were actors who turned to drag in Mrs Doubtfire and Tootsie to be close to people they love and become better people they were comedies that were both inspired, inspiring, funny and a central performance from the lead that rocked.

This is limp and unfunny with only Patricia Arquette giving a charged performance. I found the movie insipid and found it hard to believe that no one recognised a guy with an obviously fake beard, a turban and slightly browned off.


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