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:: Outsourced

It’s a case of shape up and ship out, as the saying goes. In today’s world where huge profit backed by low production costs is key to a company’s survival, it’s not uncommon to hear of many moving overseas with the dream of hitting the big time fast. And while this situation inevitably causes heartache in reality, thanks to the world of entertainment it’s a whole new ball game. Outsourced, an independent production by Shadow Catcher Entertainment, takes this morbid subject and with a dash of colour, culture and tradition, turns it into a brilliantly funny film.

This modern day comedy sees call centre manager, Todd Anderson (Josh Hamilton) sent off to the colourfully hypnotic world of India to train his new replacement, after the company he works for is outsourced. Cultures collide, as Todd struggles to train the new and rather quirky staff about American ways, while they struggle to understand his Western life. Yearning for home Todd soon learns he cannot escape the charm and liveliness of his new home. And as his time goes on, with the help of his assistant Puro (Asif Basra), and the charismatic employee and love interest, Asha ( Ayesha Dharker), he realises that real success lies in discovering who you really are.

The film is a barrel of laughs. It’s explosive script ensures there is never a dull moment. Simple, yet ingenious, writer George Wing (50 First Dates) deserves commendation for its flawless composition, which combines the major characteristics of the American and Indian cultures, in lively and humouress ways. Another success behind the film, is the amazing cast. Josh Hamilton, (Sex and the City, The House of Yes) plays the business man to perfection, and it’s hilarious to watch his character’s early stages as he learns how to avoid the crushing stampede of Indian taxi drivers all eager to offer assistance, and uncovers Indian traditions which both repel and excite the soul. And Ayesha Dharker (Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones) and Asif Basra are the ideal candidates in providing with film with it’s exotic flair.

A real hearty laugh. If you’re a fan of feel good funnies like “50 First Dates” and “Meet the Fockers”, this film will have you in stitches.