x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Film review: All in Good Time

All in Good Time feels contrived, lacks nuance and the comedy is poppadom-flat.

Amara Karan and Reece Ritchie in All in Good Time. Courtesy Left Bank Pictures
Amara Karan and Reece Ritchie in All in Good Time. Courtesy Left Bank Pictures

All in Good Time
Director: Nigel Cole
Starring: Reece Ritchie, Amara Karan and Harish Patel
*

 

British directors have a fascination with tales of romantic discord in the British Asian community. The Calendar Girls director Nigel Cole joins a menu that includes Ken Loach (Ae Fond Kiss) and Damien O'Donnell (East is East). When a holiday tour company goes bust, Atul (Ritchie) and his bride Vina (Karan) spend their honeymoon at his parents' house.

The "comedy" revolves around their failure to consummate the marriage and a cliché-ridden generational conflict with his overbearing father (Patel). It's as old-fashioned as its source material - a 1963 play by Bill Naughton, which the East is East scribe Ayub Khan-Din originally updated into a rather funny play called Rafta, Rafta. But as a movie, it feels contrived and the comedy is poppadom-flat.

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