[Written April 2009]
I watched this one tonight on my netflix instant queue and liked it. I do think that a lot of the reviews out there about it get a little too flowery and dish too much praise. The following quote from this Austin Chronicle review sums up my feelings about it: "...Its head may be in the sand, but Outsourced is a good-spirited idyll, an escape from reality, naive to a fault, and all but unconcerned with the troubles of the world but almost – almost – convincing in its innocence."
What I loved about the film is it put me in such a good mood at the end- and I needed a good mood! It's very simple and cheery and makes you feel happy inside. That said, I *hated* the beginning half an hour or so. It started off like every other cliched fish-out-of-water "simpleton foreigners" story and was not funny. I also did not like the main character's acting or persona- he really irritated me. Once I got to the Holi scene and the movie started to get all happy and as though a magic fantasy wand had touched the screenplay, he grew on me a little- but only a little! I found his acting stilted and obvious much of the time.
Overall, it's a sweet and simple little film that allows you to suspend reality and enjoy some warm fuzzies.