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93 minutes · 2016

Comedy
Set in 1979, this wholesome comedy follows its affable hero (Danny Pudi) from his rural Indian village to Chicago, where he arrives on a 30-day work visa expecting to land a permanent position as an engineer. The manufacturing firm he was targeting has been downsized, so he settles for a thankless temp job in the basement and moves into a tiny apartment with several other men from South Asia who work menial jobs below their professional skill sets. The period setting provides some fun costumes, hairstyles, and musical cues, though director Lena Khan, who cowrote this 2016 feature with Sameer Gardezi, shies away from the story's satirical implications; the humor comes mainly from the protagonist's interactions with his new friends and the endearing specificity of their situation.

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