We found it frustratingly difficult to find a showing of the docu-comedy Meet the Patels. Whether we were in Tidewater or the Triangle, this film about the search of a 30-year-old Indian-American for love and happiness always seemed to be showing somewhere else. We were very pleased that as a Christmas gift daughter Lisa, who had tracked down a one-day showing in a Chicago suburb for when we were to be in the Windy City, gave us a gift card so we could finally see it.
Meet the Patels is filled with laugh-out-loud scenes of the peculiarities of Indian-American life and serious but not-so-funny discussions of the importance of skin color in the choice of a marriage partner. We thus recommend Meet the Patels to anyone who wonders about the behind-the-scenes lives of all those Indian owners of motels and 7-Elevens as well as to those who are curious about the the inter-generational experience of cultural transition in America.