He has a fine sense of humor, as demonstrated by this gem from his Chandni Chowk to China review: "She [Deepika Padukone] is breathtaking, which of course is standard in Bollywood, where all the actresses are either breathtaking or playing mothers."
If I understand him right, Ebert gets a good zing in about this film being more intelligent than the average Adam Sandler movie (or at least more intelligent than the average Adam Sandler fan) but is otherwise unimpressed with CC2C. He proposes that Hindi film fans will probably wonder "why this movie, of all movies, was chosen as Hollywood's first foray into commercial Indian cinema." Without having seen it - or any plans to, unless it happens to pop up here, and I go to any Indian movie I can if it happens to pop up in my area, if just to show support - I propose CC2C might have been a candidate for North American experimentation because physical expression - stunts, slapstick - translates more easily than words, and most of us have seen some sort of story about an unlikely guy being tapped as a hero or someone getting transplanted into a culture they don't understand (and possibly both at the same time).
I hate to argue, but isn't he wrong about this being the first Bollywood movie to get a North American release from a major studio - what about Saawariya, which was so majorly released that it played in one of the megaplexes in my little city of 100,000 in the middle of the soybeans?
And when we say "North American," do we just mean the US and Canada? I have thought long and hard about the potential success of Indian films in Central and South America, and I have concluded that it's a gigantic untapped market. Just think of it: emphasis on traditional family-oriented values, joy in music and bright colors and spangly costumes in entertianment programming (e.g. the many Spanish-language variety shows), an appreciation for melodrama (telenovelas!)....