Film review: All in Good Time

All in Good Time feels contrived, lacks nuance and the comedy is poppadom-flat.

Amara Karan and Reece Ritchie in All in Good Time. Courtesy Left Bank Pictures
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All in Good Time
Director: Nigel Cole
Starring: Reece Ritchie, Amara Karan and Harish Patel
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British directors have a fascination with tales of romantic discord in the British Asian community. The Calendar Girls director Nigel Cole joins a menu that includes Ken Loach (Ae Fond Kiss) and Damien O'Donnell (East is East). When a holiday tour company goes bust, Atul (Ritchie) and his bride Vina (Karan) spend their honeymoon at his parents' house.

The "comedy" revolves around their failure to consummate the marriage and a cliché-ridden generational conflict with his overbearing father (Patel). It's as old-fashioned as its source material - a 1963 play by Bill Naughton, which the East is East scribe Ayub Khan-Din originally updated into a rather funny play called Rafta, Rafta. But as a movie, it feels contrived and the comedy is poppadom-flat.

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