Kevin P. Sullivan
September 10, 2015 AT 08:37 PM EDT

Meet the Patels

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
88 minutes
Limited Release Date
09/11/15
performer
Champa V. Patel, Geeta Patel, Ravi Patel
director
Geeta Patel, Ravi Patel
genre
Documentary, Comedy, Romance

We gave it a B-

In its current form as a documentary, Meet the Patels is a charming and moderately enlightening examination of what happens when an American-raised man recovering from a bad breakup attempts to find a wife through the kind of arranged marriage that has kept his parents blissful for decades. But as Ravi Patel, the leading man at the head of the film’s familial ensemble, begins going on dates and meeting women to whom he’s been paired via relatives and résumé-like info sheets called biodata, the camera (held by his sister Geeta) shies away from situations where it would be too intrusive or potentially awkward, glossing over essential moments with montage and begging for the intimacy of a fictionalized feature. B-

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