Friday 28 November 2014

"Dr. Cabbie" (The Guardian 28/11/14)

Dr. Cabbie *
Dir: Jean-Francois Pouliot. With: Vinay Virmani, Adrianne Palicki, Kunal Nayyar. 101 mins. Cert: 15

Produced by Bollywood megastar Salman Khan, this shambolic East-meets-West proposition boils down its potentially dramatic set-up – just-qualified Delhi medic arrives in Canada, winds up driving a big yellow surgery – to a confounding mix of crude soap and unreconstructed smut: you abandon hope the minute someone has to swallow a condom and pretend it’s bubblegum. The slipshod tone is set by an early, wacky near-miscarriage (“Push the baby back in!”) and sustained into a final act that sees the waitress love interest turn lawyer to defend our hero from the racist politico whose child she’s been carrying. This nonsense isn’t worth the fare. 

Dr. Cabbie opens in cinemas nationwide today.

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