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Running Time:
1 hour, 51 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for some sexual references.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A big, sprawling, sweet-natured comedy with lots of Bollywood musical numbers and plots upon subplots and enough characters to make your head spin, but you'll have an agreeably good time.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Deleted scenes; Extended songs; Ashanti's song; The making of Bride & Prejudice; A conversation with Aishwarya Rai; A conversation with Martin Henderson; Feature commentary by director and co-writer Gurinder Chadha and co-writer Paul Mayeda Berges.

Bride and Prejudice
This delightful film was adapted from Jane Austen's classic "Pride and Prejudice, but done with a Bollywood-style production, and directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham). It's filled with shiny bright colors, bouncy music and happy, smiling, pretty people. The plot has Mrs. Bakshi (Nadira Babbar) determined to find suitable husbands for her four lovely daughters, but to her consternation, Lalita (Aishwarya Rai) makes it known she will only marry for love. Jaya (Indira Varma) falls for a wealthy Indian living in London (Naveen Andrews), who brings his American friend, Will Darcy (Martin Henderson) to India to attend a wedding. Lalita and Darcy meet at a pre-wedding party and there's obvious chemistry, but it's more like mixing oil and water. Darcy makes some unfortunate comments about Indian women using terms like simple, traditional, and subservient, which makes Lalita furious; a huge indicator that they're destined to get together. But before love blooms, there's plenty of conflict. Lalita's younger sisters are interested in finding husbands as well; Maya (Peeya Rai Chowdhary) performs her outrageous "cobra dance", and Lucky (Nitin Chandra Ganatra) is drawn to a handsome British cad (Daniel Gillies), but will they ever get to be brides? There are lots of impromptu singing and dancing, and streets full of dazzling colorful costumes. The film also takes you to Goa, a luxurious resort on the Indian coast, you'll see the Golden Temple, travel to contemporary London and then on to LA with four-star hotels and a Beverly Hills mansion where you'll meet Marsha Mason as a wealthy socialite and mother of our hero, and even go on to a beautifully photographed Grand Canyon. There's some drama, an easy sense of humor (like the over-zealous suitor, Mr. Kholi (Nitin Ganatra), an Indian gentleman who has made a success in the US doing "accountancy." It's a charming, silly little romantic musical, but it works. Although there are some overly long musical numbers and it has some occcasional pacing problems, but more than likely you'll find yourself with a smile on your face as it reaches its happy ending.

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