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Today's Special (2009)

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In this super-feel-good foodie comedy, young Manhattan chef Samir rediscovers his heritage and his passion for life through the enchanting art of cooking Indian food.

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David Kaplan

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Aasif Mandvi (screenplay), Jonathan Bines (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Dean Winters ... Steve
Jess Weixler ... Carrie
Kevin Corrigan ... Stanton
Aarti Mann ... Henna (as Aarti Majmudar)
Aasif Mandvi ... Samir
Amir Arison ... Dr. Semaan
Ajay Naidu ... Munnamia
Naseeruddin Shah ... Akbar
Angela Lewis ... Woman Looking at Menu
Kevin Breznahan ... Freddie
Madhur Jaffrey ... Farrida
Chloe Brooks ... Woman #2 (as Chloe Cmarada)
Ranjit Chowdhry ... Regular #1
Kumar Pallana ... Regular #2
Harish Patel ... Hakim
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Storyline

Samir is a sous chef in Manhattan. He quits when he's not promoted - his boss says his cooking lacks soul. He decides to find an unpaid internship in Paris, but his father suffers a heart attack keeping him home for a few weeks. Samir must run the family's failing Indian restaurant in Queens. He can't cook Indian food, so things get dire when the chef quits: Samir tracks down Akbar, a cabbie who claims to have cooked for British royalty in Bombay. Akbar cooks with mind, heart, and gut - and offers philosophy as well. With the help of Carrie, whom he met at the Manhattan restaurant, Samir begins to enjoy the work. But will his father approve, and if not, what then? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Plot Keywords:

chef | cooking | cook | food | indian food | See All (33) »

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Life Has No Recipe

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Untitled Aasif Mandvi Feature Project See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$90,639, 21 November 2010

Gross USA:

$400,654
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Samir and Carrie go out for their first date, they visit the Arepa Lady, made famous by Jim Leff and the contributors to Chowhound.com . See more »

Quotes

Regular #2: Cricket is a gentleman's game; you have to wear a sweater.
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References Teesri Manzil (1966) See more »

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Written by Siddhartha Khosla
Performed by Goldspot
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An absolute joy. If you're not happier at the end then you need to take some medication.
8 February 2012 | by alan-51-111974See all my reviews

Yes this is a feel good movie and in some ways an adult coming of age movie but it's in no way stupid or trite.

The performances of all are impeccable, even the smallest of characters seem real and fully formed. The soundtrack is also fabulous.

Some of the plot I could see coming about a mile in advance but I really didn't care because I was enjoying it so much.

The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi co-wrote and starred in this, this may put some more conservative viewers off but then they probably wouldn't watch the movie anyway because it's about Muslims in New York. I may be turning into Bill Maher.

I guess there's really no reason why I should try to persuade conservatives to watch it... except... it's a gem. Warning... may contain brown people.

It's sensitive, heartwarming, funny and uplifting without too many obvious clichés and as Aasif Mandvi's first movie, it's a triumph for him and a joy for us.


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