Seeing this film was a long time coming. It wasn’t available to rent at the local rental store so instead I bought it (thank you very much impatience) and had to hope it was worth the price.
The Other End of the Line (2008) Film Review
On the brink of losing his job if he doesn’t secure a major advertising deal, Granger Woodruff (Jesse Metcalfe), and his friend Charlie (Austin Basis) are desperate to impress. Their target is hotel tycoon Kit Hawksin (Larry Miller). Unfortunately for them, their first presentation fails miserably, but Mr. Hawksin gives them one more shot to impress him with a new advertising campaign.
To make things worse, coinciding with this, Granger’s credit card is stolen. This prompts a representative from the credit company to initiate a series of phone calls with Granger. Enter, Priya Sethi a.k.a. Jennifer Davis (Shirya Saran), an Indian girl who works for Citi Bank as a customer service employee. Phone call after phone call develops their friendship until Granger’s business brings him to San Francisco where Jennifer says she works. Unfortunately for Priya, this means things just got complicated.
Much like its American predecessors, this romance is as crazy (endearingly so) as it is charming. If there is one con, it’s difficulty in following the dialect. Primarily because the conversations trip over themselves, in part because of the excited rushed chatter. Because of this, the subplots can be mildly confusing. At its heart viewers will find in this a charming romance that trisects itself as a story of self-discovery.
During her life-changing trip to American, Priya realizes that how she lives her life isn’t always for the best. It’s sweet to see how her journey changes not only herself, but brings out a new side of her father, too. Both Priya and Granger are good for the other. Granger likes to pretend he’s someone he isn’t, and he rarely lets anyone see the real him. The film does get off to a slow start, but once Priya gets to America, things pick up at a nice pace.
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The Other End of the Line is unique even in comparison to other “communication” romances (You’ve got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle). There is something completely innocent and lovely about this story. It’s one of those that you never want to end. There’s some really sweet sequences including the whole true to form rom-com end. Dialogue is smart without being crass and the music is fabulous (with classics like Pretty Women and The Way you Look Tonight); it’s a soundtrack that is like the cherry on top of this this charming romance.
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Content: there’s sexual implications (someone wants to join a woman in her room); there are two sensual scenes between an unmarried couple. Granger hires some exotic dancers for a bachelor party. There’s a brief hotel room tryst depicted in a commercial. There is social drinking and a few profanities/minor innuendos. ‘Line’ is PG13.
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Originally, this review published February 13, 2015.