1. moist with or as if with dew.
2. having the quality of dew: dewy [tears].
In addition to inviting the hungry superhero over for a thank-you dinner of spaghetti, meatballs, and family togetherness with his dubious, dewy [wife] (Charlize Theron) and their bright sprite of a son (Friday Night Lights' Jae Head), Ray gets the idealistic brainstorm to rehabilitate Hancock with a personalized image makeover.
The director—whose "international productions" following her debut, Salaam Bombay!, include Mississippi Masala, The Perez Family, and Kama Sutra—is no stranger to blithe assimilation.
Occupying a well-manicured landscape festooned with orange marigolds and peopled by hip-hop-accented teens and Cosmo girls, Monsoon Wedding is an air-conditioned bus tour of Punjabi ritual.
Nair stuffs the film with dancing, henna, ornamentation, and group song, but her narrative clichés and telegraphed episodes smell of old soap opera.
The thicket of exposition (the work of rookie screenwriter Sabrina Dhawan) is dense, but it boils down to the stormy days preceding the arranged marriage of Aditi (Vasundhara Das, as dewy and saucer-[eyed] as Winona Ryder used to be) to Hemant (Parvin Dabas).
Aditi loves a good-for-nothing married man, and petulantly considers her husband-to-be—who has flown in from Houston—her ticket out of misery.
The upcoming day is also a significant trial for her financially strapped father, Lalit (Naseeruddin Shah), who handles the affair's speed bumps with Spencer Tracy-esque disgruntlement.
Indian cinema is as difficult to nail down as a blob of [mercury], but you'd never know it from the rare imported samples.