July 16, 2016 by David Dehlendorf
It was fun to be in the audience on June 28 for the second installment of the Summer Film Series at the Community Theatre.
Over 100 people enjoyed “Meet the Patels”, a very entertaining look at life as a Patel in this country. What began as a home video of the family vacation to India became an award winning film festival favorite documenting Ravi Patel’s search for a suitable bride, shot by his sister Geeta.
Though some of the shots were clumsy, I think that actually added to the charm of this real life romantic comedy. Ravi’s parents, Champa and Vasant, quickly become the stars of the show. Happily married for 35 years, they are eager to help Ravi find his own happiness through a time honored system of semi-arranged marriage via the vast Patel network.
With the support of his parents, Ravi begins a transcontinental journey to meet young women selected for him based on his “bio-data”. With his sister along to capture it all on film, we see a series of first dates that don’t seem to amount to much. Ravi maintains a good sense of humor and doesn’t give up. He is so likable, we just know it will end well.
If you enjoyed “Meet the Patels”, let me recommend the following films: “Learning to Drive”, “The Lunchbox”, and “Good Ole Boy”.
The Summer Film Series continues for the next several weeks on Tuesdays at 7:30 at the Community Theatre. Next up is “Amy”, a documentary about the life of British singer Amy Winehouse.