Based on the beautifully written novel by Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake opens this Friday and stars Kal Penn as Gogol, a first-generation Indian-American named after a Russian author. (You might know Penn for his work in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.) With his awkward name, Gogol often feels lost in translation, struggling to strike his own path and honor his heritage at the same time. Directed by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, Vanity Fair), the film intertwines the story of his parents' marriage with Gogol's individual journey into adulthood.
Sure, it seems like it could be just another coming-to-America, living-the-American dream family drama, but I loved the book and will definitely see the film. Tune in for my review on Friday, and until then, check out the trailer for The Namesake when you read more