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THE NAMESAKE

 
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At Theaters: 3/9/2007 On Video: 11/27/2007
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 2 min.
Internet: None Found Movie ID: 499902
Studio: Fox Searchlight
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Though parents Ashoke and Ashima long for the family and culture that enveloped them in India, they take great pride in the opportunities their sacrifices have afforded their children. Paradoxically, their son Gogol is torn between finding his own unique identity without losing his heritage. Even Gogol’s name represents the family’s journey into the unknown.
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Drama - A heartfelt story that was very informative, interesting, had some beautiful scenery and captured the real life of a family over two generations.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Kal Penn EPIC MOVIE
Tabu MAQBOOL
Irrfan Khan EPIC MOVIE
Jacinda Barrett SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS, THE LAST KISS, POSEIDON
Zuleikha Robinson THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
Director: Mira Nair VANITY FAIR
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Production Notes Heading
Mira Nair Finds A Story That Hits Home
Meet Gogul Ganguli
The Story Of Ashoke And Ashima
Two Lovers From Different Worlds
A Tale Of Two Cities
A Conversation With The Author
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PROFANITY: 3 S-words, 1 other mild profanity
SEX/NUDITY: Brief nudity
VIOLENCE: None
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some smoking and drinking.
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Numerous funny comments were made.
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USA Today Full Review
Very Good The Namesake is an engaging and moving film with a universal story about the bonds of family as told through two generations of a Bengali family.

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On the heels of their arranged marriage, Ashoke (Irrfan Khan) and Ashima (Tabu) jet off from sweltering Calcutta to a wintry New York where they begin their new life together. Virtual strangers to one another and with Ashima now living in a new and very strange land, their relationship quickly takes a turn when Ashima gives birth to a son. Under pressure to name him quickly, Ashoke settles on Gogol, after the famous Russian author – a name that serves as a link to a secret past and, Ashoke hopes, a better future. But life isn't as easy for Gogol as his parents might wish. As a first-generation American teenager, Gogol (Kal Penn) must learn to tread a razor-thin line between his Bengali roots and his American birthright in the search for his own identity. As Gogol attempts to forge his destiny – rejecting his given name, dating a rich American girl (Jacinda Barrett), heading to study architecture at Yale – his parents cling to their Bengali traditions. But their paths keep crossing with both comic and painfully revelatory consequences . . . until Gogol begins to see the links between the world his parents left behind and the new world that lies in front of him.
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