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We Are Family Review

Overall Rating: 2.12/5

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   Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand  Site:IBNLive

This remake of that Julia Roberts-Susan Sarandon weepie is a mostly faithful adaptation, save for a few original digressions that were unwarranted. For one, it’s hard to fathom any woman — even one that’s weeks away from death — inviting her husband’s girlfriend to live with them at her home; and those scenes in which both women happily share domestic duties are sheer sugarcoated stupidity. It’s exactly the kind of exaggerated treatment that makes it hard to take these characters or their pain seriously.’We Are Family’ isn’t an unwatchable film. It’s just not particularly engaging. Forget comparisons to ‘Stepmom’; even ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ which Karan Johar himself directed was a more honest and moving film;I’m going with two out of five for director Siddharth Malhotra’s ‘We Are Family’. Decide for yourself if you want to do any family bonding this weekend!

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Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama

WE ARE FAMILY belongs to the Rajshri gharaana and tells the story of a family facing two life-changing developments: The woman of the house is diagnosed with a terminal illness and two, there’s a stepmom on the scene. A difficult subject to handle, without doubt.On the whole, WE ARE FAMILY is a perfect family film with a good mix of emotions and humour. Plus, a brilliant climax, which will ensure that the film grows with a strong word of mouth. The last film which came close to being a family outing was PAA. Before that, the only quintessential family film was BAGHBAN. WE ARE FAMILY is the kind of film that should work instantly with ladies and when ladies watch such films, they bring their spouses and children along. Recommended!

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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia 

 Kajol and Kareena provide heart and soul to a predictable script. Venita Coelho’s adapted screenplay lacks the verve of the original, Stepmom. The film is a desi version of Stepmom and honestly acknowledges it. Wish there was that something `Extra’ to look forward to in We Are Family, specially when the film boasts of two of the most suitable contenders — Kajol and Kareena.Of course, the two do keep flashing their light eyes at each other and exchanging barbed words when the individual territories are intruded upon. But the fire doesn’t burn the screen and the smoke just doesn’t hit your eyes. Also, there is an overriding sense of grief and sobriety that haunts the proceedings,End result? You end up squeezing a lot of wet tissues — specially in the second half — by the time the movie ends and walk out with a leaden heart. 

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Ratings:1/5 Reviewer:Khalid Mohammed Site:Passion4cinema

.Because even in the tear-jerking pursuit WaF flounders badly, evoking more derisive  guffaws than half a sob. Practically every character is pure cardboard. The rebaked screenplay —  set in Australia if you please – prompts instant allergy. The music is atrocious. And the three kids – one more is added to the original  pair – are so ickily precocious that they set your teeth on edge. The three-way love-hate story featuring a 30yish divorced woman, a coo-coo-cooing Hotty and an ex-husband, a bestubbed dude,doesn’t arouse your empathy or concern at all.  Expectedly, Kajol is the saving grace. It’s not her career-best, far from it, but she’s the only one on the scene who instinctively knows the meaning of intensity and how to deliver it. Despite her nuanced performance, here’s one Family you’d hate to see move in next-door. Don’t answer the doorbell please.

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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Komal Nahata Site:Koimoi

Remake of the Hollywood film, Stepmom, the film has some heart-wrenching emotions post-interval. Even the scenes between Shreya and Maya and between Shreya and the kids in the first half are brilliantly written and evoke reaction from the audience. However, the screenplay (originally penned by Gigi Levangie, Jessie Nelson, Steven Rogers, Karen Leigh Hopkins and Ron Bass) as also Venita Coelho’s adapted screenplay falter at many important points as the drama fails to completely address the Indian audience. In that sense, the screenplay seems like a manipulated or tailored one which is rather simplistic.
What’s Good: The performances of Kajol and Kareena; some emotional scenes post-interval.
What’s Bad: The un-Indian subject; the screenplay; the music is below the mark.

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 Ratings:1/5 Reviewer:Preeti Arora Site:Rediff

We Are Family begins on a note of confusion. As the film progresses, the sense of confusion increases leaving the viewer disoriented. At the end of two hours, debut director Sidharth Malhotra’s film — which is intended to be a sob story — did leave the audience in tears. Of boredom.We Are Family falls into the same genre of films such as Ta Ra Rum Pum or Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic which are purportedly about kids but it’s the same melodramatic mush being dished out in a new wrapper. A sensitive, real film such as Stepmom has been turned into a cliched Bollywood potbroiler.Stepmom fans, please keep away. Don’t even watch the trailer. Actually, the same advice is valid even for those who haven’t seen Stepmom.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Saibal Chatterjee Site:NDTV

We Are Family looks pretty. But then which Karan Johar production doesn’t? Trouble is there is little in the film that could take your attention away from the surface-level inducements.That is true of We Are Family as a whole. It has the essence of a fabulous weepie. What it delivers teeters on the edge of mediocrity, swinging wildly from the vacuous to the mawkish. But We Are Family is recommended for two reasons. One, Kajol is in fine fettle here. Two, it’s a rare Hindi film that is a legitimate remake, inspiration acknowledged and rights purchased.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Renuka Rao Site:DNA

As is typical of a Karan Johar film, We Are Family boasts of lavish backdrops and picturesque settings but is devoid of intensity, so much so that it almost looks superficial.Many scenes in the film are stretched unnecessarily which makes you feel restless and impassive mostly because you know what’s coming next. It leaves you with a hunch that a bit of creative metamorphosis in the screenplay could have done wonders for the film and its viewers.Add to it the extended climax (yawn!) which is thoroughly ravaged by the quintessentially melodramatic Bollywood extra touch and what you have in the end is a disappointing tearjerker.

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