East Is East

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Pakistan mixes with UK in cultural identity drama.
  • R
  • 2000
  • 96 minutes

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.


Domestic abuse (wife and children).


Sexual references and situations, explicit depictions of genitals, bathroom scenes.


Very strong language.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking and a lot of smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has very strong language, bathroom scenes, explicit sexual references, including depiction of male and female genitals, sexual situations, and severe wife and child abuse.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byLucaFan May 25, 2019

Funny and relatable

An amazing film and cultural divides are depicted really well. However, as a 14 year old, I could handle it but there is a lot of bad language and racist terms... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byjunglebookfan09 August 27, 2018

Favourite film

East is East truely makes it at the top of my list of favourite films. It's all about culture in my opinion and although it shows the serious issues which... Continue reading

What's the story?

In EAST IS EAST, George (Om Puri), who is Pakistani, marries Ella (Linda Bassett) and they settle down in Manchester to have seven children and run a fish and chips shop. George wants his children to adopt the religion and customs of Pakistan, yet oldest son Nazir objects to an arranged marriage and bolts in the middle of the wedding ceremony, and in all the family chaos, they have neglected to have their youngest son circumcised. With India at war with Pakistan, George's fear of the loss of his homeland and culture makes him even more concerned about passing on that culture to his children. They go to the mosque, grudgingly, but they feel like Brits and only one of the seven kids wants to live according to Pakistani traditions. The others want the freedom of Western culture. They may feel English, but they look Pakistani, and George fears that the culture they want will never accept them. His neighbors support a politician named Enoch Powell who is calling for repatriation of foreigners. But George and the neighbor do not know that their children are romantically involved.

Is it any good?

This award-winning movie is based on the experiences of its author, and the family moments, beautifully performed by the entire cast, have a tragi-comic authenticity. George becomes more rigid. He arranges marriages for two other sons, without consulting his wife. Finally, he becomes abusive, his frustration exploding into violence against his family. When George's rage finally shatters the family's fragile compromises, the movie struggles to recover.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the cultural heritages that are important to them and how they balance that with the pressure to assimilate. They should also talk about how husbands and wives from different backgrounds create a home that respects both of them, and how people sometimes live with compromises that may seem intolerable to others.

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