My Friend Pinto

wogma rating: Watch when on TV/online (?)

quick review:

My Friend Pinto is another one of those dark comedies - the ones that have a series of disconnected threads conspiring to unite. The threads get weirder and weirder and thus funny. Except in My Friend Pinto the situations lose focus of the genre and become outright childish and gimmicky.

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Director: Raghav Dar
Running time: 105 minutes
Genres: Comedy, Crime, Docu-drama
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- meeta, a part of the audience

As regular as boy-meets-girl stories are becoming common for the regular movie-watcher, the spate of dark comedies and noir is becoming for the quirky movie-watcher. Interestingly, the same analogy applies to mindless comedies. You need to put your brain away to watch a Priyadarshan comedy or a David Dhawan film, almost as much as you need to keep your gray cells at bay to give up on the number of coincidences required to make a "separate threads collide" story. Only difference is that the latter has a zing in both cases, just because of the quirky treatment. And My Friend Pinto is just that amount of quirky, no more, no different. Just average in its genre.

It's not like there isn't enough meat in those disconnected threads or how they are played out. It is fun and cute, but it deviates from the chosen narrative-style a little way too often. What are pillow fights and people romantically flying in clouds doing in a film with the most unlikely underworld dons.

These dons they are rather eccentric as required by this type of films, but the portrayal is too cartoon-ish, too amateur to make an impact. The actors don't seem to help the cause either, the show very easily and a little too often slips into slapstick mode. Prateik Babbar is the protagonist, the village fool, the grown-up man who never grew up. And we are being treated to a night in his life where the craziest things happen to him. This one required no "performance" by him, he looked like the dumb/naïve person he plays in most other films (other than Jaane Tu...).

Kalki Koechlin barely has a role to play. I really liked her in the one song that she has with Prateik Babbar. That song has also been picturised very well. Watch out for the choreographed water splashing. It's an awesome visual.

Other than that My Friend Pinto, is as regular as it gets in the movies we can directly compare it to. We, of course, have seen worse films in general, but in this bracket, whatever My Friend Pinto has to show is covered, and whatever it has to say is too wishy-washy for the kind.

- meeta, a part of the audience

26 reviewers(?) - 1 yays 3 so-so 22 nays

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Thumbs up, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...My Friend Pinto is like a modern day adaptation of Charlie Chaplin’s tramp stories... full review

So-So, by Mehul Suri, Desi Martini : ...Surrealist... full review

So-So, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...MY FRIEND PINTO is definitely a feel good movie. One, which an entire family can enjoy together.... full review

So-So, by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times : ...It doesn't quite disappoint you ... full review

Thumbs down, by Anna M.M.Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...It’s the same old story... full review

Thumbs down, by Pankit Narang, Apun Ka Choice : ...My Friend Pinto is a tedious watch... full review

Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...Can easily be called as the worst movie of the year.... full review

Thumbs down, by Githa Vanan, Bolly Spice : ...My Friend Pinto has a long way to go before he can befriend the audience.... full review

Thumbs down, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...MY FRIEND PINTO is a terrible waste of a terrific opportunity! ... full review

Thumbs down, by Swati Bhattacharyya , Daily Bhaskar : ...Not what we had hoped for... full review

Thumbs down, by Rony Dcosta, Desi Martini : ...Michael Pinto ko ghussa nahi aata... full review

Thumbs down, by Yusuf Poonawala, Desi Martini : ...Movie is a breath of fresh air, but....just a breath.... full review

Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, Film Impressions : ...The actor does not have that unspoiled innocence on his face... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...Koechlin plays well in bits and pieces... full review

Thumbs down, by Komal Nahta, koimoi : ...The average performances; lack of hit music.... full review

Thumbs down, by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint : ...Pointless characters, too many of them, and a charmless lead character make this a dull watch... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubha Shetty-Saha , MiD DAY : ...A rather pointless effort... full review

Thumbs down, Movie Talkies : ...The movie's only redeeming virtue is Prateik's simple and down-to-earth charm... full review

Thumbs down, by Swati Rohatgi, Now Running.com : ...My Friend Pinto is a total waste of time and a highly wannabe film. Best avoided. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Preeti Arora , Rediff : ...lacks focus or suspense.... full review

Thumbs down, by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters : ...Tests your patience... full review

Thumbs down, Roochster : ...Not Somthing most people will not enjoy... full review

Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...Dennis the Menace meets desi Chaplin ... full review

Thumbs down, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ...Prateik's a fine actor. He needs to make the right choices. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Reel Reptile, Upper Stall : ...Disappointined... full review

Thumbs down, ZEENEWS.COM : ...There’s nothing humorous about ‘My Friend Pinto’ ... full review

40 tweeters(?) - 22 yays 7 so-so 11 nays

_prithwish_: my friend pinto sees a good weekend. congrats prateik on his first solo lead and kalki too

_anamus: My Friend Pinto... what a movie... if u love Chaplin, Buster Keaton...u wud love this film a lot...first of its kind in India i felt..

VirginReviews: My Friend Pinto Movie Review – Decent Movie In The Long Time ! http://goo.gl/fb/ttxXh #moviereviews #divuadutta

teejavus: my friend pinto is sooo tangential i love it XD

sweeetstarr1: Superlative Performance by the Whole Cast of My Friend Pinto ! Total Paisa Vasool ★★★★ ! Lovedd it @divyadutta25 @kalkikanmani @SethShruti

Sugar_06: My Friend Pinto has a superb narration and screenplay. It simply amazes me, how well so many characters are inter-connected.

subarnapoddar: Watched 'My Friend Pinto', liked it....very sweet and cute movie :-)

shreyaghoshal: Just came out of a screening of My friend pinto.. Such a funny heart warming film.. (I m not part of the movie:P) but u must watch it!!!

Punkster101: My friend pinto. I like this movie. =)

Joey21211: Another great movie! My friend Pinto, a must watch!! Hats off to SLB :)

iamsenadam: ♥ My Friend Pinto ♥ Nice Movie! @SethShruti Loved it!

himanshushinde: Today saw My Friend Pinto, quite simple & small film worth watchng on DVD(original), a story of night and amalgation of diff charachters!!

evelyn_sharma: Perfect Sunday afternoon to watch My Friend Pinto :D it's too funny! I love it ♥

divyadutta25: "@KiranPoojary1: @divyadutta25 : Hi divya... My friend Pinto was awesome... And u looked gorgeous as always"thnnxx

devchatterjeeET: My friend pinto - a must watch

devakjeffin: A musical delight plus definite fun and masti--watched "My friend Pinto" as usual with my friend and love for life @Joey21211!:) Great nyt!

cvsarathi: #My Friend pinto is a sweet simple film..but doz being sweet n simple matter in today's cinema we're evrybody tlks in numbers n crores..

anketaa: My Friend Pinto! A cute movie. I toh liked it very much. Pratiek is too cute! His innocence :*

AdeebNadiadwala: Watched (My Friend Pinto) very nice movie a must watch movie

abhinabadas: 'My Friend Pinto': Great film by debutant director Raaghav Dar. MUST WATCH !!

812: Watched " My Friend Pinto" .Creative brilliance,I say.

1mkavita: Movie you will enjoy... Go and watch this 'My Friend Pinto' #india #twitter #mumbai http://twitter.com/1mkavita/status/125808761427333120/photo/1

youthfilmmakers: MY FRIEND PINTO-again a film as all happened in a single day & night,good continuity work & shot divisions.average

VivekSanthosh: "My Friend Pinto" - A feel good movie which tries too hard to tickle one’s funny bones! Terrific opportunity wasted to a great extent!! 6/10

r1kartik: Watchable but a tad disappointing i thought MY FRIEND PINTO http://kartikr.blogspot.com/2011/10/my-friend-pinto.html

NeelanshuSaran: when everybody is praising mod .. i watched my friend pinto ... well not a bad movie at all.. second half is betr /..

MovieHancho: MY FRIEND PINTO Movie Review: Feel-good, but not entertaining enough: But the message is delivered rather slowly... http://bit.ly/rr6Gjg

koelganguli: My friend pinto ... Super performance by PB ...but da movie was ok ok !

Coolshweta: MY FRIEND PINTO Movie Review: Feel-good, but not entertaining enough http://www.bollywoodlife.com/news-gossip/my-friend-pinto-movie-review-feel-good-but-not-entertaining-enough/

SwatiiSingh: Money saving tip of the day: Do not go watch 'My Friend Pinto'. Even if it's the last movie released on Earth.

SwapnilSalkar: My Friend Pinto...not enough cerebral to get impress, nt enough stupid to laugh at...ho humm affair @kalkikanmani wasted... #Dissapointment

snahmad_: Left the match early,went to watch "My Friend Pinto".Poor movie suffered from horrendous editing&loose scripting.Pratiek the only good part

sandeepchordia3: My friend Pinto is a disaster. Better sleep at home rather than in multiplex

PrateekG: #warning : Dont watch my friend pinto.

nixipikxi: My Friend Pinto is boring!!!! :(

LazyBone_007: Stay away frm 'My Friend Pinto'..

fun_d_mental: My friend Pinto. Do.not.watch. Period.

eshaan: Morning janta! just woke up from a weird dream ... made as much sense as my friend pinto .... man that movie is bad. #crazymornings

annavetticad: Were we all wrong about #PrateikBabbar? I've just wasted 2 hours of a busy weekend on #MyFriendPinto - http://tinyurl.com/443vkg9

65ldictk: Review: 'My Friend Pinto' is low key humour - Movies News ...

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Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Gun fire
  • Language: Clean. Except for a woman going "Oh fish!"
  • Nudity & Sexual content: A couple of making out scenes.
  • Concept: The importance of innocence.
  • General Look and Feel: Crazy

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@Dattaprasad Oops. I believe they were supposed to have roles in the film. The databases I saw when doing the data entry had them in the cast, this was before I saw the film. Now, I've set up a system in which i double check the cast after watching the film. Hopefully, the mistakes in cast and crew will be brought to a minimum.

Thanks for pointing it out.

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