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East Is East

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

British dramedy has swearing, domestic violence, racism.

Movie R 2000 96 minutes
East Is East movie poster: Seven of the films characters in various poses with a white backdrop

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A landmark in late 20th-century British cinema, this comedy-drama connected with audiences who recognized both its racial tensions as well as the comedic battles fought by the family at its center. Although East Is East is an ensemble piece, it is Puri's performance as George Khan that powers the plot. His increasingly desperate attempts to raise a family who embody his own, idealized values has both funny and tragic consequences.

Adapted by Ayub Khan-Din's from his hit stage play of the same name, the film deftly weaves in period details, such as the Bangladesh Liberation War and the rise of controversial MP Enoch Powell, who opposed mass immigration, to provide an authentic backdrop. But even without knowledge of these events, the Khan children's struggles to fit in are obvious, with some faring better than others along the way. All the while, Ella, their White, British mother, deftly brought to life by Bassett, straddles the divide with them. The movie doesn't let its characters off the hook or reach for easy answers, but the resilience they show makes them both familiar and unique.

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