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A heartwarming comedy with culinary flavor! Samir (Aasif Mandvi, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), a sous chef at an upscale Manhattan restaurant, is forced to drop everything to take over the nearly bankrupt family restaurant, Tandoori Palace.

Starring:
Aarti Mann, Kevin Corrigan
Runtime:
1 hour 39 minutes

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Today's Special

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Genres Comedy
Director David Kaplan
Starring Aarti Mann, Kevin Corrigan
Supporting actors Jess Weixler, Dean Winters, Amir Arison, Aasif Mandvi, Naseeruddin Shah, Ajay Naidu, Kumar Pallana, Kevin Breznahan, Chloe Cmarada, Madhur Jaffrey, Sylvia Kauders, Chris J. Cullen, Ranjit Chowdhry, Harish Patel, Gregory Korostishevsky, Ed Jewett, Debargo Sanyal, Sai Rao
Studio Flatiron Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
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Very good acting.
Spencer Sauter
It was funny, sad, sweet and of course the wonderful ending where things just work out right.
Natalie Gomez
As you might expect, there are life lessons to be told here, of love, fortune, and goals.
R S Cobblestone

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By L. Miller on February 1, 2011
Format: DVD
This movie was an unexpected charmer! It's the story of a second generation east Indian sous chef, whose mother keeps trying to arrange a marriage for him. He expects to get a promotion as Executive chef of his own restaurant. But they tell him he doesn't have the passion they're looking for. So he quits, and decides to go to Paris to study under a master. Then his immigrant father, whose ethnic restaurant is failing, has a heart attack. Our disgruntled hero, whose knowledge of the cuisine of his heritage is limited, is forced to ask for help from a cab driver who claims to have superb cooking skills. In the mix is a girl from the restaurant from which he resigned, and the characters who hang out at his father's restaurant. I loved the heart and soul of this movie. I'm a life coach, and there were some very believable and tender moments. Yes, the plot was a bit predictable, but the humanity of the characters and their interrelationships drew me in. If you're tired of some of Hollywood's overly self-conscious attempts to be "relevant," give this one a try. It's a "little movie that could."
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bambi on March 17, 2011
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Most of the films in the same genre as "Today's Special" Today's Special (Indian-Pakistani immigrant/2nd generation) bravely address important issues, for example, interracial romance/marriage ("Bend it Like Beckham", "Bhaji on the Beach"). All of them highlight, often in quite serious ways, the tension between immigrant parents and their children ("East is East"). Watching these films is generally accompanied with a certain amount of malaise at the worst and deep introspection at the least. (Allow me to explain.) This is because most Indian/Pakistani immigrant films make it their moral responsibility to explore, again and again and in serious ways, immigrant issues which resonate, on a very personal level with many viewers. The result: viewers like myself (2nd generation Indian) are forced to deliberate said issues. While contemplation of one's community and one's self is a noble activity, it can become quite a chore when one simply wants to enjoy a film. After watching all immigrant/2nd generation Indian-Pakistani films since "Mississippi Masala", I am frankly tired of thinking about interracial marriage and societal expectations ("Monsoon Wedding"). For one, I've thought about these issues enough, thank you very much, and two, when these issues are portrayed on the big screen, their portrayal has become more and more formulaic. Can't I just watch a 'feel-good' film about my community, laugh a little and call it a night? Why must I be bombarded with issue after immigrant issue? If you are like me or if you are tired of the formulaic, often overly serious/emotional films about immigrant experiences then you WILL LOVE "Today's Special"!Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shazeena Taherbhai on April 4, 2011
Format: DVD
I found this film to be a rare hidden gem and enjoyed its depiction of an overbearing yet loving indian family, a son trying to break out and forge his own path in life, and the whimsical yet wise cab driver/ chef. I loved the comedy and romance aspect of the film. I loved the chemistry between Naseeruddin Shah and Aasif Mandvi. The mother from this film could be placed in any indian home. My mouth watered with the exquisite indian dishes and I laughed till my sides hurt! Today's Special had all the right ingredients for a stellar indie film. Please be sure to check out this wonderful indie film when it comes out and do recommend it to all your friends too =)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Lucey Bowen on March 21, 2011
Format: DVD
Today's Special is another take on diaspora/assimilation in urban America. Not heavy fare, it is a fun farce with a handful of characters recognizable in many local "ethnic" neighborhood restaurants. Perhaps it is too light in its appreciation of the subtleties of garam masala and the problems between generations in immigrant families, but I am always willing to watch Aasif Mandvi. Cinderfella ending? Well, he does get to keep the girl and the restaurant.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on January 14, 2012
Format: DVD
The genial and engaging "Today's Special" may not hold many surprises, but it has an irresistible charm that is guaranteed to ensure its status as a crowd pleasing favorite. It's a gentle and, dare I say, sweet comedy about searching for success but finding contentment instead in the most unlikely of places. At the end of the day, I may have wished the film had taken a road less traveled--but it's all so big-hearted, why bother quibbling? The film celebrates good food, good friends, good family, good times and throws in a bit of romance for good measure. That's a lot of good in this genuinely appealing movie.

Co-writer Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) stars as a jaded New York chef who's looking to take the next big advance in the culinary world. When by-passed for an expected promotion, Mandvi starts to reconfigure his career and plans to take dramatic steps to meet his ambitions. His meddlesome parents don't seem to understand him and, in return, he holds the family's Indian restaurant in disdain. Through the magic of movie plotting, Mandvi (of course) finds himself temporarily in charge of the dilapidated venue. With the help of an "only in the movies" wizened cab driver/cook/mentor figure, he starts to appreciate the art of Indian food. Can he transform the restaurant? And, in the process, will it transform him? If you've ever seen a movie, I suspect you can guess the answer to these questions. And yet, the picture still works mostly due to its likable cast and underdog appeal.

"Today's Special" capitalizes on the quirky allure that so many films employ today.
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