Chutney Popcorn 2000 PG-13 CC

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A woman. Her girlfriend. A sister. Her husband. Their baby.

Nisha Ganatra, Jill Hennessy
1 hour 32 minutes

Chutney Popcorn

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Nisha Ganatra
Starring Nisha Ganatra, Jill Hennessy
Supporting actors Sakina Jaffrey, Madhur Jaffrey, Nick Chinlund, Cara Buono, Ajay Naidu, Daniella Rich, Monica Bhatia, Cristal Chindamo, Saylor Creswell, Destiny Donovan, Laura Dubrule, Eliza Foss, Vinod Ganatra, Dan Grey, Caran Hartsfield, M. Iqbal, Greg Kachejian, Priscilla Lopez
Studio Sundance
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Kudos to all the actresses- Ganatra and Jill Hennessy have great chemistry and that cute burgeoning Becca kept me laughing.
Despite her mother's many attempts to ignore the loving relationship she has with her partner lisa, she still tries to be a good daughter, sister and friend.
Every plot point was so obvious and every outcome completely predictable that the conflicts seemed contrived and provided no tension for the viewer.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By David Kleist on November 27, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
For unknown reasons, I could hear in my head the vindictive (and hopefully fictional!) voice of a fundamentalist preacher condemning the "unnatural acts of sinful love" of this film's main characters.
In actuality, this is a movie about the true meanings in contemporary America of "love," "family," and "culture," and it grapples admirably with the changing social and personal-relationship patterns brought about by modern notions of democracy and freedom. Lisa and Reena are truly in love, and their families truly love them as well; but how are all these individuals to deal with Reena's choice to carry to term the baby she is producing through artificial insemination (using her brother-in-law's sperm)? Reena's sister has decided that she no longer WANTS a baby (she herself, biologically, cannot provide the egg for the child-to-be); however, Reena has decided SHE wants the baby, while Reena's female lover doesn't wish to become part of a "traditional" nuclear family.
The moral dilemmas here are both comic and real, absurd yet earnest, and the film explores all sides of its issues with grace and poise and humor. I'm astonished at the clever blocking of the film (such clever tricks for a low-budget effort!), such as when Reena is shown in half-profile before a mirror, or when Lisa falls off the sofa. This is a highly satisfying piece of cinema which I discovered purely by accident among the sale tapes at my local Blockbuster.
I look forward to more films by this original, brave, and highly intelligent director. CHUTNEY POPCORN reminds me of WHATEVER in its sensitive telling of a young woman's story in a complex world bearing no resemblance to anything which has come before in human history.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Gautam Thatte on July 3, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
In the stereotypical Indian mother who refuses to accept the fact that her daughter is a lesbian and continues to refer to her daughter's lover (Jill Hennessey delivering an excellent performance!) as her 'college roommate,' "Chutney Popcorn" finds a touch of humor, stark reality and soul. Reena (Nisha Ganatra directing herself) is a photographer with a penchant for temporary mehndi tattoos, lives with Lisa whom she loves dearly, has a newly wed sister, and is plunged into a situation she quickly loses control over.
What is particularly brilliant about this film is the evolution of characters as the movie progresses, exquisitely offset by the humdrum of life, given how the developing plot is always inadvertently eavesdropped on by the neighborhood paan-seller. The film deals with some serious issues without ever becoming a discourse on values and morals; "Chutney Popcorn" never looses touch of the obvious reality and the subtle innate humor of the situation; a truly exceptional, and beautiful film.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Stinson VINE VOICE on April 9, 2002
Format: DVD
Nisha Ganatra's new film, "Chutney Popcorn," is a delightful mix of culture clashes, sibling rivalry, and good, old-fashioned dyke drama played out in modern day New York. Multi-talented Ganatra (writer, producer and director) stars as "Reena," very much the black sheep of the family, not only due to her vocation (she's a photographer), but also because of her lesbianism. Her newlywed sibling, Sarita, played by Sakina Jeffrey), finds out she is infertile and that's when the games begin!
Entangled in the fertility games is Reena's commitment-phobic girlfriend, Lisa (Crossing Jordan's Jill Hennessy), Sarita's husband, Mitch, and the girls' mother, an ever-meddlesome, traditional Indian woman. Momma is horrified when Reena decides to step up to the plate and offer herself as a surrogate for Mitch's sperm, Lisa feels the commitment rope tightening around her throat at the announcement, and Sarita begins to have second doubts about the baby.
The ensuing tale is a delight as Reena and Lisa begin the "turkey baster" ritual, and the cast of characters decide to share their infinite wisdom regarding a dyke bringing a child into the world. Scene after scene is filled with belly laughs, especially after one poignant "turkey baster" moment between Reena and Lisa.
Of course, any lesbian movie worth its salt must have a few moments of dyke drama, and "Chutney Popcorn" doesn't disappoint. It's only a matter of time before Sarita really has a problem with her dyke sister giving birth to her husband's child, and Lisa feels the burden of a baby is entirely too much for her. Add in pressure from Momma to "get a husband," backlash from her politically-correct dyke friends and her own journey of self-awareness as the baby grows, and you have a melting pot of emotion, laughter and tears.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By soapwitch on June 17, 2002
Format: DVD
Just saw the movie yesterday with some girlfriends - and I thought it was pretty good. Let's face it; as far as lesbian movies are concerned, there aren't many Oscar contenders out there, and I'm willing to take a pretty good movie when one comes along. This one was a pretty good movie!
So a few scenes are choppy, the audio is a bit rough in places, and the soundtrack is typical lesbian coffee house/bookstore acoustic guitar... it's an Indie, not a blockbuster. All in all it's not bad at all if you're just looking for pleasing cinema. If you're looking for Camille, keep looking.
Kudos to the filmmaker for following through with it! Bravo!'
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie.
The black & white images of women wearing mendhi were beautiful, as were all the scenes depicting the careful applications of mendhi... how sensual is that? Please! I loved it! Watching her decorate her lover was very sexy. The two leads were great, and played off of each other well, and the mother & sister were fantastic - and are actually mother and daughter in real life.
The dialogue left a little to be desired, but there's some law written somewhere that dialogue in lesbian movies HAS to be horrible, so it wasn't a huge disappointment.
If you liked Rose Troche's "Go Fish" you'll love this movie.
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