Telugu to NASCAR

It was a disappointment to find that, as has been the case before with Telugu-language movies shown here in Austin, Godavari has no English subtitles. From a person waiting in line to buy several tickets to it, though, we learned that the most reliable source of information for Indian films shown at the Cinemark Tinseltown South is at and that this site has better information, often, than what’s printed in the Chron or in the local daily. We’d been planning to see Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby anyhow, so that was the substitute. Be warned: this movie does not provide the side-splitting laughter that the reviews have promised. There were not that many unoccupied seats, but the laugh-out-loud quotient was low. I’ve been to at least one movie a week all summer long, and this is probably the worst. I’m not sorry I saw it, though, and don’t want to discourage anybody from attending. Personal favorite references include the nacho fountain at the wedding reception, with six kinds of cheese, including Havarti; L’Etranger as behind-the-wheel reading; and the eclectic soundtrack, which includes one number sung by Lucinda Williams. The ensemble acting is a treat. There’s one more out-take after the credits.

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