The Other End of the Line (2008) – A Cute, Sassy and Multi-Continent Romance

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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.

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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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You can rent or purchase The Other End of the Line, digitally on Amazon Video (or watch with a Showtime add-on).

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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.

Note: this review was published in the archives five or more years earlier. Since moving to WordPress, 90% of the reviews, lists and articles need re-formats and/or other updates. Updated edits and changes to fit current formats have been made; it has also been updated with new photos, and republished.

Originally, this review published February 13, 2015.

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14 Comments

  • Gidgets Bookshelf February 13, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    This movie sounds cute, my library has it so I put it on hold. Now if only they could get all the wonderful Hallmark movies you watch! :)

    Shannon

    • Rissi February 13, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      Exactly! Let's hope that more Hallmark's DO release and those that are get more recognition. Are you able to request Hallmark's through your library? I don't use mine, so the inner-workings of library's is lost on me. :)

    • Gidget Girls Reading February 14, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      You don't use your library? We use ours so much they have seen my girls grow up, they got their library cards on the way home from the hospital :)

      No for some reason we have an amazing video section but not hallmark movies.

      Shannon

    • Rissi February 14, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      I know being a book reader, it sounds strange, but my family didn't growing up. If I remember right, there was going to be some sort of fees associated with it because we lived outside the city limits or some such issue. As a result, I've never joined as an adult. Just something I don't make use of. :)

      It's nice you have a good selection otherwise! You're able to pick a lot of different things that way and try something new. :)

  • Bekah M. February 13, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    I've never heard of this movie, but after reading this I think I have to check it out!! I love how you said it was "as crazy as it is charming"…that's pretty much a perfect explanation of a lot of Indian/Bollywood movies. Haha! It sounds kind of similar to 'Bride & Prejudice'…have you seen that movie? It's one of my all-time favorites. Thanks for the great review, Rissi!!

    • Rissi February 14, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      I would agree that most Bollywood films are like that. And I kinda love it. ;) Yes! I so enjoy Bride and Prejudice as well. It's epically awesome in its own way. Another one I have seen and like is Marigold. It stars Ali Larter, if my memory serves correctly. Hope you enjoy this one if you decide to see it. I've watched it a couple of times and liked it both times.

    • Bekah M. February 17, 2015 at 4:10 am

      Haha, I like the craziness too most of the time. ;) I saw this one last night with my mom and we both really liked it, so thank you for sharing! We both agreed Jesse Metcalfe was the best part of the movie…haha! Mmm, I've never heard of 'Marigold'…that will be our next movie night pick, I think. Thanks again! :D

    • Rissi February 17, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      Sometimes those song and dance numbers (in Bollywood) get a bit over the top or the cultural barrier (since I don't know anything about it) gets in the way, but overall, I love this genre. It's unique and bright and awesome. ;)

      Aw, yay! I'm glad you enjoyed it and thanks for sharing what you thought. LOL, I don't blame you. I haven't seen Jesse in a lot, but have liked what he's been in.

      Marigold is cute too. If I'm not mistaken it's about an actress who, of course, finds love in unexpected places. I'm not sure if I have an archive review for it or not. But I do remembering having enjoyed it. :)

  • Abbi Hart February 15, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    I watched this movie ages ago and remember thinking it was cute! I actually just saw that it was on Netflix after reading this it kinda makes me want to watch it again!

    • Rissi February 17, 2015 at 12:39 am

      It's really cute, Abbi. I'm glad you liked it. I've seen it a couple of times and enjoyed it both times. :)

  • Kara March 26, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    I found a copy of this last weekend for really cheap and thought, "why not?". I knew you'd watched it, and for only $2, I figured I wouldn't be out much money in case I didn't like it. But I did! I didn't love it, I admit. But it's definitely cute. And yes! You absolutely have to pay attention to the dialogue sometimes to be able to catch everything. But after years of watching British dramas and having to turn on the captions to understand everything, I had no problems doing the same with this one. Just a fun movie overall! :)

    • Rissi March 28, 2015 at 12:35 am

      Whew. I'm so glad you at least enjoyed it – even $2 is a waste if the story doesn't suit at all. :) I'm not sure if I loved it either (or did I say that in my review…?), but like you I did think it was really cute! I've watched it a couple times and thought it worth the 2 hours. It's just an easy-to-watch, lighthearted film.

      …aside from that challenging language barrier! Sometimes that does present a problem. Though I'm glad the captions helped. That's always a plus. :D

      Thanks for swinging by and sharing your thoughts, Kara.

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