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Movie Preview: The Namesake

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

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catstarr catstarr 10 years
I saw a preview for this a few weeks ago and I thought it looked great! Thanks for reminding me about it!
SU3 SU3 10 years
Monsoon Wedding was a GREAT movie - can't wait to check this one out.
yiddidea yiddidea 10 years
Gotta agree with justauser here. Kal Penn is not that good of an actor, so this worries me. The story looks interesting though...
chancleta chancleta 10 years
Oh I just love Mira Nair's films. She has a gift for bringing the beauty and honor of her culture to the rest of the world. Who didn't love Monsoon Wedding?
justauser justauser 10 years
I think I've seen all of Kal Penn's movies, and I have to admit, whenever he is even partially serious, it's pretty lacking. I don't know if he'll fit well in this role.
NYShuls718 NYShuls718 10 years
I recently read the book, after seeing the movie trailer in theaters. It's an amazing story that I recommend to anyone, especially 1st and 2nd generation children who feel a gap between their parents. I found it inspiring to read about the struggles of Gogol's parents as he came of age in a country that was so new and strange to them. I'm also excited to see Kal Penn play a serious role...it's about time!
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