Saturday 24 March 2018

Ain't goin' to Goa

Paul Whitington


(15A, general release, 94 minutes)

Director: Nigel Cole Stars: Amara Karan, Reece Ritchie, Meera Syal,


Set in the damp, intimate redbrick backstreets of Bolton, All in Good Time is based on a stage play by Ayub Khan-Din, who also wrote the screenplay for the 1999 hit film East is East.

Like that movie, All in Good Time explores the cultural contradictions faced by first and second generation Indian immigrants to Britain.

Young couple Atul (Reece Ritchie) and Vina (Amara Karan) celebrate their wedding and are looking forward to a honeymoon in Goa when their airline goes out of business and they end up stranded in Bolton.

Forced to camp out in Atul's parent's house, Atul and Vina find it hard to become intimate and, when he experiences problems in the sexual department, their marriage is called into question.

Meera Syal and Harish Patel play Atul's overbearing parents, and there are some funny scenes along the way. But Khan-Din's script relies a bit too much on caricatures, and the film ends jarringly with an unexplored revelation.

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