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Meet the Patels

Meet the Patels is a laugh-out-loud real life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, an almost-30-year-old Indian-American who enters a love triangle between the woman of his dreams … and his parents. Filmed by Ravi’s sister in what started as a family vacation video, this hilarious and heartbreaking film reveals how love is a family affair.

Fresh out of a breakup with his secret white girlfriend, who his parents knew nothing about, and freaked out that he’s almost 30 and single, Ravi goes on a family vacation to India with his head and heart spinning.

Ravi is willing to do whatever it takes to find love—but there’s one tricky detail to consider: In his family, everyone has the last name Patel. Patels marry other Patels. It’s not incest, it means they are from the same 50-square mile radius in India. Struck with how overwhelmingly happy the marriages are of his Patel family and friends, Ravi enters a fool-proof Patel matchmaking system and embarks on a worldwide search for another American Patel just like him.

Directed by Geeta V. Patel and Ravi V. Patel
88 Minutes
MPAA Rating - PG

Cinema Admission:
Real Art Ways Members: $5 | Senior & Student Members: $4.50
Regular Admission: $11 | Seniors (65+): $7 | Full-Time Students (With ID): $7

Real Art Ways's facilities are wheelchair accessible. Assisted listening devices are available at the café. 

""Warm and funny...lively and engaging universal story made with an unmistakable sense of fun."

LA Times

"An absolute must-see!"

Schema Magazine

"Is Meet The Patels essential festival viewing? Yes! Simply put, it'll charm your pants off."

Toronto Film Scene

"Charming… and hilarious…. It’s rare to come across documentaries that are authentic and laugh-out-loud funny. “Meet the Patels” is such a gem."

The Examiner

"There will be no funnier or more endearing documentary this year than Meet the Patels."

Awards Circuit

"The film is almost a real-life MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, except with arranged marriages and oodles of Indian-Americans rather than Greeks. I thought I knew where it was going, and I thought I knew how Ravi’s parents would handle the impending revelations about Audrey that we all know must come out eventually. Not only do the Patels surprise their children, but they surprise the audience as well."

Kate Bradford, The Matinee

"[Meet the Patels] has a good a chance as any at being the surprise sleeper hit of the 2014 festival circuit."

The American Bazaar

"The funniest doc I've seen in years and a sure-fire Oscar contender."

Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter

"A theatrical crowd-pleaser!"

"Sharp and Riotously Funny"