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About the Movie
TODAY'S SPECIAL, a heartwarming comedy with culinary flavor, tells the story of Samir (Aasif Mandvi, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Last Airbender), a sous chef who dreams of becoming the head chef at an upscale Manhattan restaurant. When he is passed over for a promotion, he impulsively quits and tells his co-worker Carrie (Jess Weixler, Teeth) that he intends to go to Paris and apprentice under a master French chef. But dreams must be put aside after his estranged father, Hakim (Harish Patel, Run, Fat Boy, Run), has a heart attack and Samir is forced to take over Tandoori Palace, the nearly bankrupt family restaurant in Jackson Heights. Samir's mother, Farrida (legendary cookbook writer Madhur Jaffrey), is consumed with trying to find a wife for her son, while Samir is trying to master Indian cooking to salvage the family business. Luckily, he crosses paths with Akbar (Naseeruddin Shah, "Monsoon Wedding"), a taxi driver, passionate chef and worldly raconteur. Akbar inspires Samir and teaches him to trust his senses more than recipes; to stop measuring his life, and to start truly living it. With Akbar's guidance, Samir has a chance to rediscover his heritage and his passion for life through the enchanting art of cooking Indian food.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 31
- Fresh: 25
- Rotten: 6
- Average Rating: 6.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Hits all the sentimental cliches of the genre as if they were stops on the No. 7 train.
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: An irresistible delight.
Fresh: The film, like a great meal, leaves you wanting more.
Treat yourself to a Feel Good New York Indie GEM!
First off - when I watching this film at home, I'd suggest ordering your favorite Indian take out! This was a really sweet, funny movie that left me starving when I left the theaters!
I laughed out loud at moments, but mostly the film made me smile, was touching, and very colorful. It's the sort of indie film that people need to seek out. It got great reviews, that's why I first went to see it. But this film had something more - real heart.
Ther performances by the guy who played Akbar, Naseeruddin Shah, were amazing. Who knew Aasif Mandvi had acting chops like this!? The rest of the cast is solid, and the music was amazing - a mixture of Bollywood, rock, and gypsy jazz.
This movie is a wonderful film to watch with a bunch of friends ordering Indian food :)
I watched this film not sure what to expect, but I really like Aasif Mandvi so i gave it a go. Aasif's Samir did not disappoint, but it was the supporting cast of fantastic character actors that stood out. Particularly notable was Naseeruddin Shah who plays the hilarious mentor Akbar, and Madhur Jaffrey as Samir's mother, desperately trying to marry off her son. Check out the great food scenes in the film - since watching the film, I have been searching for a really great Indian restaurant!
Really great film! Has a real heart and soul not found in most movies today.