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Tanu Weds Manu

Why should you watch Tanu Weds Manu? For R. Madhavan who will win your heart as a sweet lovable doctor Manu who has the misfortune of falling in love with a Kanpur-girl Tanu (Kangana Ranaut) who not only rejects him as a suitor but also uses him to elope with her ruffian boyfriend. Hiding his heartbreak and disappointment behind a smile, Madhavan fits into the role of a goody goody non resident Indian like a glove. He is hopelessly in love with Tanuja who doesn't miss a single opportunity to hurt him. Rules, they say, are meant to be broken and that's what Tanu's agenda in life is – to break all rules that a middle-class family swears by. Well, an NRI coming home to find a suitable bride for him is very common in Indian society and director Anand Rai's comedy opens with the same. He tries to be as close to reality as possible – from the backdrop, to clothes, to character artists – all bring out the element of a middle-class setup perfectly. Though the director picked up an interesting subject, he has not succeeded in executing his story effectively on screen – there are not enough laughs in the film. Whatever funny scenes are there, the credit goes to the chemistry between Madhavan and Deepak Dobriyal who plays his friend Pappi. If you are looking for a great romantic comedy, this is not the one, but watch it for Madhavan and his chemistry with Deepak.

AT HOMEHall Pass
In Hall Pass obnoxious characters in absurd situations are abundant but directors fail to find the key ingredient at the centre of such concoctions: the heart and soul that carries the story and balances its tone. Its protagonists don't show much affection or empathy towards anyone until the hasty conclusion suggests that the would-be bachelors have learned their lesson. This fabricated moral climax is merely an afterthought to the jokes and gags that drive the movie, but at least there are enough laughs to help you forget about its lack of structure or substance. Why can't Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudeikis) look at an attractive woman without offending their wives? Because as it turns out, the ladies are incredibly insecure and actually initiate their husband's extra-marital affairs by ignoring them themselves. When the tables are turned and both Grace and Maggie find themselves in risque situations that test their own loyalty, we witness an interesting gender-reversal that underscores some fundamental truths about the differences between men and women.

AT HOMERango

Rango is a pet chameleon who lives in a terrarium and constantly seeks to fit in with his surroundings. He finds himself removed from his contemporary American southwest surroundings and ends up in an Old West town in the middle of the Mojave Desert called Dirt, which is populated by various desert critters garbed like characters out of Western fiction. Thinking himself a hero, Rango establishes himself as the town's sheriff, not knowing that people who have held that title do not fare very well in Dirt. In 'an existential crisis', Rango comes to question everything about himself. Helmer Gore Verbinksi (Pirates of the Caribbean) directs this family-oriented animated adventure featuring the voice of Johnny Depp as the family pet who leaves the comfort of home in order to explore the outside world. John Logan (The Aviator) provides the script for the Paramount Pictures production. Abigail Breslin, Isla Fisher, Alfred Molina, Ray Winstone, Harry Dean Stanton, and Ned Beatty provide the voices for the rest of the cast.

AT HOMEThe Adjustment Bureau

David Norris (Matt Damon) is a charismatic politician running for the United States Senate. He loses his early lead and is rehearsing a losing speech, in the hotel bathroom where he meets a mysterious woman. Having overheard his speech she encourages him to be more original and honest. Inspired by her, he goes off script and makes an honest speech that is widely praised. Later, a mysterious man sits at a park bench and is instructed to make sure Norris spills his coffee. He falls asleep and fails in his task. Norris, working at a venture capital firm run by his old friend and campaign manager, arrives to work early one day, and surprised to see his boss, motionless and being examined by strange men in suits. They chase him, but no matter where he runs they catch him. Norris is then taken to a warehouse, where he is told about the Adjustment Bureau. They have a plan for Norris and are determined to guide his life and keep him to that plan.
                       

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