Dude, Where’s the Party? Release Date: 28 May 2004 (India) Genre: Comedy Director(s): Benny Mathews Writer(s): Benny Mathews, Soham Mehta, & Sunil Thakkar Starring: Diwakar Pathak, Sunil Malhotra, Indravadan Tridevi Originally filmed and given a miniscule theater run under the name Where’s the Party Yaar? Lions Gate Home Entertainment felt the need to spice things […]

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Dude, Where’s the Party?
Release Date: 28 May 2004 (India)
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Benny Mathews
Writer(s): Benny Mathews, Soham Mehta, & Sunil Thakkar
Starring: Diwakar Pathak, Sunil Malhotra, Indravadan Tridevi

Originally filmed and given a miniscule theater run under the name Where’s the Party Yaar? Lions Gate Home Entertainment felt the need to spice things up for the film’s video release. Their solution? Damn near copyright infringement.

With box art and a new title designed to attract those who rented Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle (which was directed by the man behind Dude, Where’s Your Car?) less than a month prior, it’d be easy to dismiss Dude, Where’s the Party? as a direct-to-video cash-in without having seen it. Turns out that while it’s not quite as funny as Harold & Kumar, Where’s The Party? is still a worthy release, especially considering how unusual it is to see a good direct-to-video comedy that isn’t strictly romantic in nature.

It’s no doubt different from what I’ve come to expect. FOB (Fresh off the boat) Indian immigrant Hari is coming over to The United States from his native country in order to obtain his mechanical engineering degree. That’s not all, though. A mystical guru has told him that the woman he is destined to live with forever will fall onto him, and he’s determined to have an open lap when that times come. In America, he is staying with his cousin Kal (Penn), an American Born Desi who has naturally abandoned all the customs of his culture. When Kal and Hari meet, it sets off an explosion dealing with finances, women, and the previously unheard of battle (by me) between FOBs and their American counterparts.

Dude, Where’s the Party? is no doubt a funny movie. While it does slip-up at times in its attempts to appeal to those who enjoy more explicit comedy (a condom joke leads to a surprise that you can see coming from a mile away), Where’s the Party? is at its best when its jokes focus exclusively on Indian culture. There’s some great comedy here which may go over the heads of the Harold & Kumar contingent. When it’s not trying to be funny, the movie completely falters. Its two relationship storylines are incredibly thin, thus making certain scenes a chore to sit through.

Dude, Where’s The Partyr? is a novel approach to the tired ‘fish-out-water’ story, but it suffers from an overambitious script that never lets it live up to its full potential.
DVD: Nothing but some trailers.

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