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TODAY'S SPECIAL, a heartwarming comedy with culinary flavor, tells the story of Samir (Aasif Mandvi, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Proposal), a sous chef who dreams of becoming the head chef at an upscale Manhattan restaurant. When he is passed over for a promotion, he impulsively quits and tells his co-worker Carrie (Jess Weixler, Teeth) that he intends to go to Paris and apprentice under a master French chef. But dreams must be put aside after his estranged father, Hakim (Harish Patel, Run, Fat Boy, Run), has a heart attack and Samir is forced to take over Tandoori Palace, the nearly bankrupt family restaurant in Jackson Heights. Samir's mother, Farrida (legendary cookbook writer Madhur Jaffrey), is consumed with trying to find a wife for her son, while Samir is trying to master Indian cooking to salvage the family business. Luckily, he crosses paths with Akbar (Naseeruddin Shah, Monsoon Wedding), a taxi driver, passionate chef and worldly raconteur. Akbar inspires Samir and teaches him to trust his senses more than recipes; to stop measuring his life, and to start truly living it. With Akbar's guidance, Samir has a chance to rediscover his heritage and his passion for life through the enchanting art of cooking Indian food.
No question these days with the craze for food shows and the creation of a whole cable channel devoted to just about every aspect of culinary preparation that you cannot go wrong... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Alfred Johnson
They don't allow zero stars so I had to give it a 1. This movie is advertised as a comedy. IT'S NOT! IT'S A TRADEGY! A TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY. Read morePublished 25 days ago by msval
I would probably give this one 3.5 Stars. It was worth seeing but I felt like it didn't quite fulfill on the promise of the story. Read morePublished 3 months ago by B V
After the first 10 minutes of this movie, the only reason I kept on watching it with my roommates was to laugh at how comical the script, acting, character development is. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mark-seattle