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Recommended age 10-18
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OK, you hear the word documentary and you cringe. Me too...boring. My Mom says educational.

I was pleasantly surprised by Meet The Patels. Yes, it has a few slow parts but it is not supposed to be an action movie. Instead it is a romantic real life comedy - not some made up story. This is why I love it. It is real.

There is not much to say about the acting because the people are real. I loved the parents; they are very funny. Since it is real life, you feel all of their emotions.

You meet a cute guy or girl and you have a spark and decide this is the one. This movie is about all the other questions that come with that decision. What religion will you and your children be? What foods will you eat? What is your parenting style? Do you want children or pets? What about you? What are you willing to give up? The majority of people who get married get divorced. Perhaps there should be a list of questions before you say, "I do!"

Everyone has a type of person they think they will marry. Most people know what kind of person would fit in with their family. But, what if your heart doesn't not listen to your head? Meet The Patels is that story.

There are many cultures that still believe in arranged marriages. Ravi belongs to a family that wants him to marry another Patel from India. There are over 5,000,000 people with that last name so he has a big selection. Ravi decides it time to find a bride.

From emails, to parties, to weddings and phone calls and dates we travel with him. We learn all about India, their customs and culture. Match-making has gone 21st century.

One of my favorite things about the movie is the hand drawn cartoons which pop up and keep you interested. They give you insights as to what the characters are really thinking.

The only question I have is, will we get to follow around Ravi Patels' sister and see if she finds romance? Geeta seems to like the other side of the camera. But hey, they are brother and sister so all is fair. I vote yes. Ravi, grab the camera. It is your turn to take us on another journey.

I recommend this film for ages 10 to 18. There are a few face palms moments but, every family has those. It is cute, quirky and, people of all ages will enjoy this story about finding love. This movies gets 4 � out of 5 stars from me. I look forward to seeing what happens to Getta.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10.

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