Saturday, 29 November 2014

Dr. Cabbie (2014)

An Indian-Canadian film about an Indian graduate, Deepak, who heads to Toronto to practice as a doctor but, due to a lack of job offers, ends up driving a taxi. As it turns out, Deepak finds a way to be a doctor by treating his patients in his taxi. Because all he cares about is healing people (a shame he couldn't heal his own lack of personality). At the same time, he has fallen in love with local girl Natalie. This all leads to nothing of note happening.

Apparently, this is a 'comedy' (and nothing else):
Yet there is no indication in the film that this is what it was aiming to be. There is nothing funny about it and, most of the time, it appears to be treating itself very seriously. I got the impression that it was trying to position itself as some sappy 'heart-warming drama' that challenges/tackles serious issues. Though, as with the comedy, it lacks both the drama and heart-warmingness all while challenging/tackling nothing.

What it is is a predictable, shallow, dumb, poorly made film with the message that if you harass women they will fall for you (because, deep down, they find the harassment charming - which isn't, sadly, unique to this film. I've seen too many do that).

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