Most people know of the TV show when they hear of Outsourced (which is now canceled). But recently, I was scrolling through movies on the Netflix website and I noticed that there is a Movie called Outsourced. So, I decided to watch and I streamed it through on my Playstation 3. Well it turns out the TV show is based on the movie.
Outsourced is a small independent movie, and it has the same premise as the TV show with some of the same characters. Cultures clash in this delightful romantic comedy. The movie starts out with Todd Anderson (Josh Hamilton), an American Sales Representative and Manager of a Call Center for a Novelty products company in Seattle Washington.
Todd is called into the office of his manager, and is told that his entire department is being laid off, and is being outsourced to India. Todd can stay on to work for the company, but he has to go to India. Todd can only come back to the U.S. only after training the new manager, and the Call Center in order to reach a goal of a six minute call time on all sales.
Todd who I like to call the American is out of his element when he arrives in India. There are people yelling and waving their hands, he has to run and jump on moving trains, and becomes so mixed up about where to go he takes a little taxi that looks like a scooter, but with the body of a car.
When Todd arrives he is greeted by a friendly Indian not realizing this is Todd’s replacement Puro (Asif Basra), who then gives Todd a business card with his name on it, and a title of “Future Manager of the Novelty Call Center.”
At first Todd is very uncomfortable with the new surroundings. He has stomach problems from the Indian food, a kid steals his cell phone on his way rushing to the bathroom from the spicy food, and he is having trouble teaching his new employees how to speak to Americans, and like Americans in order to sell the company’s products. At one point Todd is nearly at the breaking point, and very homesick that he talks a taxi driver to take him a long distance to a McDonald’s to get a burger only to find out that they are vegetarian burgers.
After a while of getting to know his employees things start to turn around. Todd finds out they like the novelty products that he finds so tacky; and he decides to create incentives for the call center employees by offering them a deal- if they can sell faster and follow his teachings they will get some of the company’s products for free. Also, Todd allows them to wear more comfortable clothes, and to dress up their workspace.
Todd manages an unique group of people, but one stands out from the rest; it is the outspoken Asha (Ayesha Dharker). Asha directs Todd into understanding India culture, her leadership stands out to Todd, and he promises her when he leaves she will be Assistant Manager of the Call Center.
Todd and Asha’s relationship becomes very close. Their romance becomes stronger when there is a mistake in the shipment of novelty products and, they take a trip together to a small island with the same name as their work address. The two get stuck on the isle when their boat is set on fire. The only room on the island is the Kamastutra Suite (Oh,yes), a room for traveling lovers. The two feels uncomfortable at first, but their attraction for one another is just to strong. The two end up in bed together.
There is trouble though in this relationship. Asha wants to be very secretive of their relationship, because she reveals that she has been engaged to be married since the age of four, and it would be seen as wrong if there relationship is revealed.
There are many memorable moments in the film. For example, when Todd is trying to teach the Indians how to say Chicago in the Chicago accent, and the Indians in the call center butchering the Chicago accent. Manmeet , Todd mispronounces it as Man-meat, and has some issues with Manmeet flirting with the customers. In the end Manmeet’s flirting on his customers pay off, he actually gets engaged to one of those customers on the phone. And Puro’s sucking up to Todd in hopes of taking Todd’s job, is very funny.
In the end Todd learns a lot about appreciating other cultures, and taking the time to find something good in the place he is in rather than sulk and complain. It’s a good lesson to learn. If you find your self traveling- whether to another State in the U.S. or another country try to explore, be curious take in all the culture you can, it may be an experience you remember for a lifetime. No matter how you feel about outsourcing this is a nice independent movie that deserves to be seen many times, you’ll probably find something new to enjoy every time. I also believe Outsourced TV show should have been given a second chance.
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