The Other End of the Line (2008)

It’s not often I re-watch a movie I originally found flipping through channels and intended to shut off once its dorkiness became unbearable. While not the most profound story ever, its simplicity makes it likable. If characters are well-developed, their behavior will likely be guessable. So long as the screenwriter is competent, any story can be entertaining when told without unnecessary complication.

This movie is the cinematic equivalent of comfort food: Granger, a flirtatious young man with a credit card issue strikes up an unlikely long-distance friendship with Priya, customer service rep for a call center in India, who is trained to pass for an American. Behind her family’s back, she travels to the States, hoping to kindle a promising romance. Both Priya—a  head-strong modern woman born to traditionalist parents—and Grange—an impetuous womanizer—each take a step towards maturity and self-sacrifice to find common ground, especially when Granger realizes how empty his previous shallow relationships have been.

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