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The Tiger Hunter (2016)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 22 September 2017 (USA)
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A young Indian man relocates to 1970s Chicago to become an engineer, but when his job falls through, resorts to an elaborate charade with misfit friends in order to woo his childhood sweetheart.

Director:

Lena Khan

Writers:

Sameer Gardezi (as Sameer Asad Gardezi), Lena Khan | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Pudi ... Sami Malik
Rizwan Manji ... Babu Rahman
Jon Heder ... Alex Womack
Karen David ... Ruby Iqbal
Kevin Pollak ... Frank Womack
Sam Page ... Kenneth Porter
Iqbal Theba ... General Iqbal
Michael McMillian ... Winston
Anand Desai-Barochia ... Vikram
Parvesh Cheena ... Abdullah
Karthik Srinivasan ... Siddesh
Kunal Dudheker ... Rehan
Samba Schutte ... Kareem
Mayank Bhatter ... Parag
Irene Roseen ... Secretary - Mrs. McCutcheon
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A young Indian man relocates to 1970s Chicago to become an engineer, but when his job falls through, resorts to an elaborate charade with misfit friends in order to woo his childhood sweetheart.

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hare krishna | See All (1) »

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The Higher You Climb, The Better Your Shot

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mister Malik und die Reise ins Glück See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,250,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$62,398, 12 October 2017
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Sneaky Sneaky Films See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Danny Pudi and Iqbal Theba previously appeared together in the television show Community with Iqbal playing Danny's character's (Abed) father. See more »

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Though the movie is said to take place in Chicago, there are palm trees clearly visible in the background at the 1 hour 13 minute point. See more »

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It looked like no one had fun making this, I had even less fun watching.
29 March 2017 | by vrajabhumiSee all my reviews

I had high hopes since the main actors in this are known for being fine comedic talents. Danny Pudi, Rizwan Manji, Parvesh Cheena and of course Jon Heder. I thought, wrongly, that this would be a comedy. I think the new writer/director Lena Khan along with the other writer and seasoned pro Sameer Asad Gardezi were trying for a dramedy, but unfortunately it is not dramatic in the sense of telling a compelling story, and the comedy (I'm being kind calling it that) was reliant on the quirky Rizwan Manji's character - where the quirkiness is supposed to be funny - but is really just quirky. They try to cram too many things into 90 minutes and the result is nothing works because we have no connection to the different episodes of the story. We have one part flashback which doesn't have any real connection to the story in the present (the '70s), and which takes away a large chunk of time; we have another story about love, which is not really given much time to allow us to know what these characters are like or why they like each other; there is another story about a drama at the workplace which is not only deadly dull but entirely predictable; there is another story about a dumb quirk of Rizwan Manji which is supposed to offer some comic relief but is dumb and not funny; there is another story having to do with following your dreams rather than suffering through family expectations to be happy - but it comes across as sappy maybe because it is not given enough time to explore those characters. Watching these talented actors slog through the unfunny dull script which tries to rely on unearned sentimentalism (too much going on to have time to go into anything beyond a fleeting caricature) was tedious and boring. It was also uninteresting as far as stories go in the first place. I mean with all the stories you can tell about immigrants from India - why waste so much talent and energy with such a sappy and dull concept? Maybe it is based on a true story, I don't know, but being true doesn't mean interesting to watch. India and Indian immigrants are a potential goldmine for film, especially comedy since Indian culture clashes with the rest of the world in an innately funny way so often. The vast and wide variety of cultures and stories that can come from India and from Indians for drama as well, or any other genre makes India a great source for new stories. But this was not that. There is nothing in this script or on the screen that needed to be made, especially in light of such a vast potential at hand.


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