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Meet the Patels () cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. IMDb, the world's most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content. MEET THE PATELS is a laugh-out-loud real life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, an.
Sort of like the "Smiths. Ravi's problem is that he's not sure he wants to marry a Patel from India. He was born and grew up in the US and he has different expectations. Yet his upbringing and culture call to him. Part of him wants to be traditional.
Part of him does not. He's stuck in the middle and the parents are impatient. This film documents a real year in Ravi Patel's life and follows him as he seeks a marriage partner in the traditional Indian way, modified by American cultural tones. His parents work very hard to find him a mate using the international Patel underground, which includes the extended Patel family of aunts, uncles, and cousins; biographies of available mates not necessarily written by the candidates themselves; and an annual Patel Matrimonial Convention created to help young Patels meet as many marriage candidates as possible in the shortest possible time.
Ravi even flies cross country tracking down possible mates. Although it's a documentary, this is a truly funny movie with a lot of heart.
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The parents want what they think is best for Ravi and Ravi wants to please his parents and fit in with the extended Patel family.
There are many funny scenes as this year-long quest unfolds and there are humor-laden extenuating circumstances as well. Ravi's older sister Geeta is the cinematographer and she happens to live with Ravi in LA.
Early in the film, the family takes a trip to India during "wedding season", which they believe is a great opportunity for Ravi to find his bride. Ravi, however, prefers to find an Indian girl in the U. The problem, as Arsenio Hall's character says in the similarly-themed "Coming to America", is that "the land is so vast, the choices so infinite. Ravi's parents circulate a bio sheet about him amongst other Indian-American families, whose eligible bachelorettes have bio sheets of their own.
Ravi also tries meeting women online through Indian-American dating websites.
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Then, Ravi flies around the country having first dates with a number of the women he meets using these techniques, while his parents keep in constant contact with him, hoping to hear that there will be some second dates. Ravi even attends an out-of-state marriage convention in the hopes that he'll meet and fall for, not just an Indian-American woman, but one named Patel, of which there are many. Behind the camera is Ravi's sister. We hear them converse about the latest developments in Ravi's search for his ideal woman and there are also reality-TV-style sit-down interviews with Ravi explaining to his sister how he sees things.
At the beginning of the film, Ravi explains that, while Geeta is also in the movie business, she's no cinematographer, as evidenced by her shots which are sometimes out of focus, badly lit, poorly composed and include part of her boom mic in the upper right corner of the frame.
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All this is true at various moments in the film plus, subtitles are sometimes used to make it clear what certain people are saying if the mic doesn't pick them up well enoughbut the movie has well-executed creative aspects as well. Occasionally, Geeta and her fellow director Ravi and her fellow producers illustrate part of the story with appropriate graphics and animation. Also, during most of Ravi's sit-down time talking to the camera, we hear his voice and Geeta's, as she interviews himbut what we see is a cartoon-animated version of Ravi, which sometimes includes a "long shot" of Ravi and Geeta together.
Although this movie documents one man's romantic journey, the film does have writers — Ravi and Geeta, along with Billy McMillin and Matthew Hamachek who was both editor and co-producer on 's great documentary "Cartel Land".
Given that the plan for this film was laid out as a documentary which is also a comedy and a romance, it should come as no surprise that we see aspects of other films, both other documentaries and romantic comedies, within this doc.
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The unique combination of romantic comedy and documentary filmmaking makes for interesting story-telling. Not only do we want to learn how Ravi's search turns out, but we're also interested to learn from the story's cross-generational and cross-cultural tension.
The immediate family of Ravi, Geeta, Vasant and Champa Patel are appealing and many of their interactions are both funny and endearing, as are Ravi's verbal observations, actions and reactions throughout the film.