Shades of Ray 2008 NR

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American-born Ray Rehman comes home one night to find his Pakistani father on his doorstep. Ray's Caucasian mother threw him out. It's an awkward time for his father to move in as Ray just proposed to his Caucasian girlfriend - who hasn't given him an answer. While trying to get his parents back together, Ray meets a South Asian girl of mixed descent, just like him, and must decide where his identity truly lies.

Starring:
Zachary Levi, Fran Kranz
Runtime:
1 hour, 27 minutes

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Shades of Ray

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Jaffar Mahmood
Starring Zachary Levi, Fran Kranz
Supporting actors Sarah Shahi, Bonnie Somerville, Brian George, Kathy Baker, Gerry Bednob, Philip Rosenthal, Jasen Wade, Rex Lee, Cody Klop, Jake Kasdan, Art Evans, David Doty, Sharmila Devar, Caitlin Crosby, Wendy Braun, Nazanin Boniadi, Keith Blaney, Lance Barber
Studio Cinetic
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Zachary Levi once again proved why he's one of my favorite actors.
Adam A
Further, it employs some great messages about prejudice and the difficulties associated with marrying outside of ones culture.
Samuel J. Biller
Overall, I enjoyed the movie and would recommend it to my friends and family.
G.E.T.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By PoeticPixie82 on April 2, 2009
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I have always been a fan of the "independent film" and Shades of Ray does NOT disappoint.

The balance of dramatic and comedic elements was wonderful and the chemistry between the characters was fantastic. I found myself so pulled into the film that I wanted more when it was over.

I highly recommend this for anyone!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By H. Caronna on March 23, 2009
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This film is a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy that also touches on problems brought on by cultural differences within a family and in the dating world. It was extremely well-cast, with both lead and supporting characters played beautifully. You will see lots of faces you know from your favorite TV shows. This is a "chick flick" that men can enjoy as well. I definitely recommend it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bluedingos on April 10, 2009
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Shades of Ray
An interesting and entertaining movie about a young man, Ray, trying to find peace, acceptance and love with a family divided by two hugely different cultures. The cast is superb , led by the amazing Zachary Levi (of tv's Chuck) getting to show the dramatic side most people aren't aware of. And Kathy Baker, as always , is a major plus in any project. It should be of interest to anyone with a multi-racial family, or anyone who likes a good love story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia G. Hanson on November 27, 2010
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I'm a big "Chuck" fan, so I thought I'd see what else Zachary Levi had done. I really liked the movie. In my opinion, it would be a great date movie. I would have preferred a little less cursing, the father character didn't know how to speak without uttering curse words. Other than that, I loved the movie. Would recommend it to anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R S Cobblestone VINE VOICE on December 18, 2010
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There is extraordinary pressure to match A to A and B to B when it comes to relationships (and parents). Catholics marry Catholics. Japanese Americans marry Japanese Americans. Tall people marry tall people. Cat people marry cat people. And so on. This is not an absolute rule, certainly. But look around, and what do you see?

Ray Rehman (Zachary Levi) has a Pakistani father and a white mother. For most of his life, he avoids parental pairing, but after he finds his true love, a white lawyer who takes a couple of weeks to consider his offer of marriage, his father drags him into meeting the daughter of a Pakistani man. The thing is, the mother, again, is Caucasian.

She is like him, the first person "like him" he has ever met.

Guess what happens.

Levi seems well cast for this part. He does what he does, and he's a nice guy. Ray counts himself above the pettiness of arranged marriages or "like with like." Ironically, as a budding actor, the casting directors think he's either too light, too dark, or not swarthy enough. Funny.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harry E. Gould on March 20, 2009
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I first saw this film at the Austin Film Festival last year, and I really enjoyed it. Zach Levi gives an outstanding performance, and is able to bring such humor and heart to the piece. Brian George also stood out. I had been a fan of his character when he was on Seinfeld, but had no idea how talented he was. He could have easily gone overboard with his characterization of Javaid, the father, but instead makes the character so engaging and believable. He was definitely one of the highlights for me. Great cast all around, really. Also, the film could have easily been just another romantic comedy, but it really stands out as being a unique journey into the title character's world and struggle as he tries to find his place amidst his two cultures and discover who he really is and what he really wants.

I definitely recommend this film to anyone who likes to laugh, but also to anyone who wants a film with heart and weight to it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sophie Coulombe on October 8, 2010
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This is a simple story but a good one. I really enjoyed watching the relationship between the father and the son. It was sometimes funny, sometimes touching and always entertaining. I like actor Zachary Levi and this was the main reason why I purchased this movie but I must admit that Shades of Ray is now one of my favorites. Good acting and good music!
It really is a feel good movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nic C on October 8, 2010
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This movie may have gone under a lot of people's radar but because I'm a fan of Sarah Shahi, I was lucky enough to see it. The plot is interesting, the characters are well thought out and there is just enough fun/ drama combination to make it all feel authentic.
This movie makes you identify with the characters and the different things going on in their lives. And you don't just have to identify with one character which makes the movie even more impressive.
Of course since I'm a fan of Sarah Shahi's, I think she alone is a reason to add this movie to your collection. Her performance is four star, and she really brings Sana(Sarah's Character) to life, and makes you feel what she feels.
The ending is unpredicatable, and a nice surprise. The whole movie will keep you sucked in, and make you want to watch it again and again. So, buy this movie, don't be afraid to understand the messages in this movie, learn from them, and carry on in your own individual Shades.
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