What You Need To Know:
THE OTHER END OF THE LINE is well produced and acted, but the story’s Romantic message is to do what will make you happy. For example, Priya has an arranged engagement but wants to marry someone for love, not by family decision. Her father, though not happy about the turn of events, stands up for his daughter, highlighting her good character. He ultimately supports her decision. There are a few instances of foul language and suggestive scenes, but this movie is mostly devoid of objectionable content. The movie contains, however, a comical reference to reincarnation.
(RoRo, B, FR, Pa, L, V, S, N, A, M) Strong Romantic humanist outlook with some positive moral qualities but one reference to reincarnation; three mild obscenities, one profanity, and one vulgar name calling; man hits another man in eye; scene of implied sexual relations in TV commercial, web site shot for “adult toy” store with pictures of products; woman appears in skimpy underwear, exotic dancers appear but are mostly covered up, upper male nudity; drinking of alcohol; no smoking or drug use; and, lying.
THE OTHER END OF THE LINE is the story of Priya, an Indian call center operator in Mumbai who travels to San Francisco to meet Granger, a customer with whom she fell in love with over the phone. Priya is a hard working young woman who dreams of a life without her arranged marriage engagement. Granger is an ad exec who won’t step out and commit with women.
When Granger’s credit card is stolen, he and Priya must speak often and a mutual infatuation grows. Part of Priya’s job is to pretend that she is an American calling from San Francisco. She takes culture classes to learn American idioms and popular culture. On a whim, Priya travels to America, meets Granger, but can’t bring herself to tell him that she is the “credit card girl.” After a series of misunderstandings, the two manage to come together but without angering her family and jeopardizing his career.
THE OTHER END OF THE LINE is a very charming movie that is very well directed, written, and acted. While the set up is reminiscent of SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE and it travels the familiar romantic comedy path of misunderstandings that keep the couple apart, it does so in a very charming and affable way. Shriya as Priya is very likeable and communicates the youth and optimism of trying to discover one’s dreams. The music is especially well made, including the Christian contemporary song, “Breathe.”
Regrettably, the story’s message is do what makes you happy. In this context, Priya has an arranged engagement but wants to marry someone for love, not by family decision. The message for her is that, as an adult, she does not need to obey her father or her future husband’s orders. This Romantic message can potentially be abused.
Though bucking culture and family, Priya is always very respectful and caring of her parents. Her father, though not happy about the turn of events, stands up for his daughter, highlighting her good character. He ultimately supports her decision.
There is mild objectionable content in a few light obscenities and one profanity. Though the couple only kisses once in the movie, it’s clear that Granger wanted to spend the night with her, but she did not want to, even though she was falling for him. There is a bachelor party scene with exotic dancers, but they are mostly clothed, though the context is sensuous.
Priya makes one job referencing Eastern religion in the statement, “Better luck next life.” However, that’s mostly played for laughs.
The movie is charming, but wisdom and discernment are needed for certain content.