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Outsourced

When his department is outsourced to India, customer call center manager Todd Anderson (Josh Hamilton) heads to Mumbai to train his successor (Asif Basra), and amusing culture clashes ensue as Anderson tries to explain American business practices to the befuddled new employees. In the process, he learns important lessons about globalization -- and life. Ayesha Dharker and Matt Smith also star in director John Jeffcoat's cross-cultural comedy.
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Netflix Rating: 3.6
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 78%
Critics' score: 78   Audience score: 74   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

In the hands of a lesser director, the secondary characters, including Todd's matronly Indian landlady, might have been mere caricatures. Smart production design and camerawork enhance the sense of authenticity. full review

Susan Walker, Toronto Star

A frothy romantic comedy that makes a serious point about the arrogance of treating human beings from around the world as interchangeable economic units. full review

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

A sweet if predictable variation on the premise of the ugly American, redeemed by Hamiton's dry performance, some nice comic turns by the Indian supporting cast, and a droll script by Jeffcoat and George Wing. full review

Joshua Katzman, Chicago Reader

Jeffcoat handles the ostensible cultural differences gingerly. The movie's approach to globalism is to play everything small and keep everybody human. full review

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

...even if we aren't pumping our fists in the air, we're rooting for the characters with an agreeable 'namaste' vibe that feels earned rather than forced upon us. full review

Mark Bourne, Film.com

Outsourced has a gentle touch with the obvious fish-out-of-water touchstones. full review

Brian Miller, Village Voice

The problem with making a movie on topical subjects is that by the time of its release, it can seem awfully stale. full review

Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle

Josh Hamilton gives a marvelously engaging performance in this fish-out-of-water comedy. full review

Jack Mathews, New York Daily News

It is a film bursting with affection for its characters and for India. It never pushes things too far, never stoops to cheap plotting, is about people learning to really see one another. It has a fundamental sweetness and innocence. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

A wonderful surprise.

Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times

I guess Outsourced is simply too bright and pleasant to become a huge hit, but it's a confident little genre film with near-classic charm. full review

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

It's a celebration of cultural diversity and an affirmation that, despite differences in race, religion, and societal norms, people are essentially the same, with a lack of understanding being a key block to better relations. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

This unaffected charmer treats a hot-button contempo issue with old-fashioned grace and benevolent wit. full review

Eddie Cockrell, Variety
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  • Release Year: 2006
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 103 min
  • Available From: Sep 02, 2008
  • Queued by: 1142 people
Directed By
John Jeffcoat
Cast
Larry Pine, Matt Smith, Asif Basra, Ayesha Dharker, Josh Hamilton, Arjun Mathur
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