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Bind Dating (2006)

20th Century Fox

Cast: Chris Pine, Anjali Jay, Eddie Kaye Thomas.

Rating: PG-13.

Run time: 95 mins

Genre: Comedy.

Verdict: Beautiful (see rating system)

Mmmm. This fresh little comedy manages to negotiate the tricky issues of a young blind guy looking for love AND the custom of arranged marriages where love takes a back seat to family interests.

Of course, this IS Hollywood, so all ends well, something that doesn't always happen in real life.

So while there are the obligatory scenes of a blind guy falling on his ass when he steps on a toy, and the Asian family politics involved in arranging a wedding, Blind Dating avoids being offensive and delivers some decent laughs.

Chris Pine does a good job in the role of Danny, the blind-since-birth younger brother of the streetwise Larry (Eddie Kaye Thomas) who wants to help Danny lose his virginity. Unfortunately for Danny - who is looking for real love - Larry has hookers in mind. There's also the lady who likes sex in public places and other free spirits. Needless to say, every "blind date" ends in disaster ( and not in bed).

Even Danny's psychologist Dr. Evans (Jane Seymour) has a naughty side, stripping off to her underwear during their regular chats.

It's not until Danny decides to go for experimental surgery that might give him some limited vision that he finds someone down to earth and decent - receptionist Leeza (the lovely Anjali Jay) and love blossoms.

However, Danny can't see the one big drawback - Leeza is Asian and is set to have an arranged marriage. Despite her growing feelings for Danny, she must keep her promise.



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