The Namesake Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 3941

Average Rating: 2.7/4

# of Ratings: 34

Theatrical Release Date: 03/09/2007

Language: Hindi

Genre: Drama

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Director: Mira Nair

Actors: Kal Penn, Tabu, Irfan Khan, Dhruv Mookerji, Jagannath Guha

Quick Movie Reviews

Rating of
4/4

Freddie - wrote on 11/01/2008

This movie is a great look into the fascinating Indian culture. Its a great dipiction of the classes between first-generation immigrants and their children. The parents are struggling to preserve their culture, while thier children are just trying to fit in with the people they are growing up around. I loved watching Gogol's character transform from being this slightly rebellious and indifferent adolescent, to a man who became accepting and appreciative of his culture. The mother was also brilliant. I've known a lot of Indian fiamilies and she was a genuine depiction of an Indian mother in America. This was a really moving story.

Rating of
3.5/4

Ollievee79 - wrote on 07/14/2008

This was a beautiful coming of age story that had me reaching for the tissues.

Rating of
2.5/4

Allison - wrote on 01/19/2008

An interesting film that spans a couple generations. I found it to be enjoyable and worthy of viewing. Another great one from Mira Nair!

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Mr. Storm
Mr. Storm
Movie Star

Rating of
3.5/4

Not a perfect film, but still great

Mr. Storm - wrote on 01/14/2008

Life is hard for those coming to America from another country. I think those false balloons of hope of America's riches have basically been popped many a year ago, as the world's mental borders close in on each other and the hidden secrets are more visible. The Ganguli family, as portrayed in this fine film, has no aspirations coming to America. The head of the household, Ashoke (as played by Irfan Khan), was involved in a train accident many years ago in India which changes the outlook of his life, marries a young woman named Ashima (Tabu), and raises his family in a small apartment in New York. The "American Dream" is never mentioned, because they are too busy living the "American Life".

The major component of this story is one of evolution. Every character in this film grows with …

Franz Patrick
Franz Patrick
Movie God

Rating of
3/4

It Deftly Captures Migration and Assimilation

Franz Patrick - wrote on 01/13/2008

I enjoyed this movie a lot because I know how it's like to move to a completely different country, not knowing about the culture, and to have that drive to make something better for yourself and those you love. I did feel that the first hour and a half or so of the movie was stronger than the rest because I can't take Kal Penn seriously. But still, if I did take Kal Penn seriously, the history of his parents' immigration would still be more interesting because that topic is rarely explored in Hollywood films. I did enjoy the characters' struggle to belong but at the same time strive to be an individual. That theme was constant in each character, subtle or otherwise. Although the film is more than two hours long, I didn't get tired of it because I wanted to know more about the characters' …

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