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2009 1.8/5 IMDb 6.8/10 (2.5k) R SuperHD 98 minutes

A haute cuisine chef dreams of cooking in Paris, but an emergency forces him to take over his family's shabby Indian restaurant in Queens.

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Aasif Mandvi, Jess Weixler, Kevin Corrigan, Madhur Jaffrey, Harish Patel, Dean Winters, Naseeruddin Shah, Kevin Breznahan, Tony Mirrcandani Directed by David Kaplan

Comedies, Romantic Comedies, Independent Movies, Romantic Independent Movies, Independent Comedies, Romantic Movies, Quirky Romance

Languages: English, Spanish

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Rotten Tomatoes® Scores
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Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

This full, sweet comedy, adapted by star Aasif Mandvi from an Off-Broadway play, has a city flavor and a wry take on familial obligations.

Review, New York Daily News, 2010-11-30


The film, like a great meal, leaves you wanting more.

Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter, 2010-11-30


An irresistible delight.

Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, 2010-11-30


Charming and mouthwatering...

Lou Lumenick, New York Post, 2010-11-19


Despite the lack of surprises and a too-neat ending, Today's Special radiates charming warmth.

Cary Darling, Dallas Morning News, 2010-11-18


Shah is a first-rate scene-stealer, Patel and Jaffrey effortlessly suggest parental chemistry, while Mandvi, best-known for the eccentric touch he brings to Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show," tones down the silliness to make a credible leading man.

John Hartl, Seattle Times, 2010-11-18


Shah is a bonus for the movie. This smooth, self-confident, inarguably sexy veteran actor doesn't steal the film so much as wrap it around his finger.

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, 2010-11-18


I love cooking and I love Indian food, and so I had a good time during "Today's Special."

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2010-11-18


The cooking scenes are fun, but Samir's reawakening and romance with a co-worker hold about as many surprises as a prix fixe meal.

Adam Markovitz, Entertainment Weekly, 2010-11-17


An overall lack of adventurousness negates any genuine sense of surprise, but credit this Indian-themed indie for spicing up a familiar and routine dish with reasonably tasty flavor.

Nick Schager, Time Out New York, 2010-11-17


Hits all the sentimental cliches of the genre as if they were stops on the No. 7 train.

Mike Hale, New York Times, 2010-11-19


It's an easy movie to watch, and yet it's just as easy to forget or skip entirely.

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2010-11-19


It's a film where the plating outshines the flavor.

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 2010-11-19


Mandvi's comic chops and unique background haven't kept him from co-writing and starring in an agonizingly mediocre independent comedy-drama.

Nathan Rabin, AV Club, 2010-11-18


Cheerful in outline and yet prone to maudlin bulges in its middle.

Michelle Orange, Village Voice, 2010-11-16