Movies: Rules Of Engagement

Finding modern love in some surprising places

Think of Jessica Stein as yet another victim in the endless urban guerrilla warfare of today's battle of the sexes. Trapped in a dull job, her ambitions as a painter thwarted, she draws her hopeless dating choices from a dismal sludge of geeks, nerds and cranks.

Think of the Verma family of New Delhi as its own little Third World country, plagued by deficits, rebels and the uneasy coexistence of traditional ways and new ideas. Its greatest asset is a high-spirited daughter; its largest problem is making sure she goes through with the wedding it has arranged for her with...

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