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A Lightweight Crowd Pleaser About Food, Family, And Friends,
This review is from: Today's Special (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. Every single character within the supporting cast (with the exception of love interest Jess Weixler) has a wacky side, but there is an undercurrent of truth and believability to the characters that still allows you to care for their story. I certainly liked "Today's Special" and anticipate that it will be universally beloved for its sweet natured comedy. It is lightweight, to be sure, but never less than enjoyable. KGHarris, 1/12.