The Namesake American-born Gogol (a very sober Penn) flounders in old-world waters: His romance with a WASP girlfriend (Jacinda Barrett) dismays his parents, who want their son…
Movie on DVD Review

The Namesake (2007)

Details Release Date: Nov 27, 2007; DVD Release Date: Nov 27, 2007; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genre: Drama; With: Irfan Khan and Kal Penn; Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures

American-born Gogol (a very sober Penn) flounders in old-world waters: His romance with a WASP girlfriend (Jacinda Barrett) dismays his parents, who want their son to embrace his Calcutta homeland and an Indian bride. Director Mira Nair's (Monsoon Wedding) adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's bestselling novel, The Namesake, so lovingly portrays Gogol's journey, as he grapples with the universal themes of identity and heritage, that it's easy to forgive the awkward jumps in time and plot. EXTRAS Nair lectures a Columbia University film class on the movie biz. B+

Originally posted Nov 23, 2007 Published in issue #966-967 Nov 30, 2007 Order article reprints
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