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American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 205702444
UPC 024543456087
UPC 14 00024543456087
Format DVD
Release Date 10/13/2009
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Penn,Kal
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Cast & Crew
Allyson C. Johnson - Editor
Frederick Elmes - Cinematographer
Heather MacRae - Actor
Irfan Khan - Actor
Jhumpa Lahiri - Based On Novel By
Kal Penn - Actor
Linus Roache - Actor
Lydia Dean Pilcher - Producer
Mira Nair - Director
Nitin Sawhney - Original Music By
Sooni Taraporevala - Screenplay
Stephanie Carroll - Production Designer
Suttirat Anne Larlarb - Art Director
Yasushi Kotani - Executive Producer
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The Namesake is an affecting drama spanning two generations of an Indian American family and exploring the generational and cultural conflicts that arise as a result of their assimilation into society. By carefully developing her characters and allowing us to believe the exist beyond what is shown on screen, director Mira Nair is able to cover 25 years without making the audience feel that the plot leaps forward awkwardly or that story gaps are left unfilled. The Namesake is a chronicle not so much of events but of individuals and the ways in which tension develops between them and how each makes peace with who he or she is...It's difficult to overstate what the director and her screenwriter, Sooni Taraporevala, have achieved with this adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's novel. They have taken events specific to one culture and produced a movie that is universal in its appeal and thematic content. The Namesake is a rich and moving motion picture.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
Review In the nearly twenty years since she made a prodigious directorial debut with the Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay (1988), filmmaker Mira Nair has chalked up a frustratingly erratic number of film, with the misses (The Perez Family, Kama Sutra, Vanity Fair) sadly outnumbering the hits (Monsoon Wedding). Her latest film, an adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's precisely observed 2003 novel The Namesake, is an unfocused and overly episodic drama that emotionally truncates what could have been a richly textured saga of an Indian family torn between assimilation and tradition. Working with her longtime collaborator, screenwriter Sooni Taraporevala (Mississippi Masala), Nair is unable to draw a consistent narrative through-line in The Namesake, a patchily affecting film further marred by its wobbly tone and Kal Penn's superficial performance in the title role...The film's acting honors go to Tabu, a Bollywood star making her American film debut. She supplies the grace and subtlety that's ultimately missing from much of Nair's uneven adaptation of The Namesake.
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Penn,Kal
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Connie Ogle, Miami Herald A rarity, a film that preserves the depth and integrity of its source while bringing the story to life in an indelible way.
M.E. Russell, Portland Oregonian ...sensual, funny and quietly devastating.
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune Brims with intelligence, compassion and sensuous delight in the textures, sights and sounds of life...
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly Moving and marvelous new cross-cultural family saga.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer It's a tearjerker, sometimes, and sweetly funny at other moments. It's near perfect.

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