Balancing love and family is ridiculous hard for most people. Between families constantly asking about your love life, interfering in-laws who severely dislike your other half, or your great-nanna questioning why you are still single, it seems impossible to balance your family and your soulmate. It is something that is constantly a pain in the massive backside and, more often than not, is explored in cinema and comedies.
The recent departure into these sentiments is Ravi Patel’s amiable flick Meet the Patels.
Meet the Patels is a semi-documentary feature film revolves around comedian Ravi Patel who, nearly 30, enters into a love triangle between the woman of his dreams and his parents. Having to hide his recent break-up from his family and freaking out that he is nearly 30 years old and single, Ravi and his family all go on vacation to India where he is set on a tailspin of emotions. Trying to seek out a new love, Ravi is pulled into further confusion as a family tradition dictates that Patels marry other (non-related) Patels. Inspired by happy marriages of his family, Ravi sets off on a journey to find other Patel in America.
People will recognise Ravi Patel from a recent (and brilliant) episode of Master of None and stand-up tours around America. The performer has cultivated a career that has wowed thousands of fans. Transferring that high-wit skill to the big screen is trick yet mastered wonderfully and originally by merging a story with his real life family making this a semi documentary a wholly original treat to enjoy. Patel and his family have a fantastic and colourful chemistry that adds a layers of naturalistic comedy to the film. Showcasing a bond driven by a stunning dynamic of the family, Meet the Patels is filled with high energy and sweetness that is impossible to not be drawn too.
There are many films here that are explored that many can relate too such as arranged marriages, romantic conflict, and family duty. Patel is sure to add a level of emotions and sensitivity that paddles the film into a greater depth than just the enormous characters of his family. Marrying his Indian heritage and his American childhood, Ravi enthuses the film with a look at culture and that adds to the overall watch filled with funny moments, sincerity, and bucket loads of love (on any level.) Charming and charismatic, the Patels are able to criticise, poke fun at each other, and yet still wholly love and respect one another.
This engaging documentary may be set up with reality TV amateur aesthetics but truly masters reaching its audience with humour and emotion. A comedic triumph for documentary lovers, Meet the Patels is a striking feather in Patel’s cap that could hopefully lift the comedian into an iconic status. Regardless of the outcome of the film, the movie is certainly a crowd-pleasing romp with a spirituous element and a loveable bond between the family members. Certainly, if anything, the movie will lift your day.
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