Americanizing Shelley (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

Americanizing Shelley (2007)





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Hollywood meets Bollywood in director Lorraine Senna's Pygmalion-like tale of a Tinseltown hanger-on who attempts to transform a Himalayan village belle into an A-list American celebrity. Having recently arrived in America to discover the man she was arranged to marry is far from the man of her dreams, Himalayan girl Shalini (Namrata Singh Gujral) sets out to seek her fortune in a foreign land where anything seems possible. Little does Shalini realize that southern-bred west-coast import Rob (Brad Raider) is attempting to make a name for himself in show-business, and has recently been challenged by the CEO of a Hollywood management company (Beau Bridges) pluck a superstar out of thin air. Now, as Shalini becomes Shelley and Rob does his best to school the culturally inquisitive beauty in the ways of Western society, the opportunity to see the world from an entirely different perspective prompts both to reevaluate their lives as love begins to blossom and the quest for fame takes a back seat to romance.

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Namrata Singh Gujral
as Shalini Singh/Shelley
Beau Bridges
as Gary Gordon
Brad Raider
as Rob Shorwell
Phillip Rhys
as Neil Brar
Wil Wheaton
as Alan Smithee
Ajay Mehta
as Jaspal Singh
Noureen DeWulf
as Littly Singh
Tony Yalda
as Happy Singh
Shaheen Khan
as Kirat Singh
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Critic Reviews for Americanizing Shelley

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

A Punjabi Pygmalion, director Lorraine Senna's Americanizing Shelley is a sweet-natured, often charming twist on the assimilation comedy.

May 5, 2007

With its tired reworking of Pygmalion and stiff, amateurish staging, Americanizing Shelley is clearly all about one thing: Gujral. She's cute, but by the end of this ego trip, she's more insufferable than adorable.

May 4, 2007 | Full Review…

Americanizing Shelley isn't original, or the least bit believable, but it's so lovingly made that one's usual resistance to such clich├ęs falls away.

June 13, 2007 | Full Review…

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