Bride & Prejudice
Source: Catholic News Service
Daffy, but likable, updated subversion of "Pride & Prejudice" -- with leading man Darcy (Martin Henderson) now an American hotel magnate, and the Bennet girls now the Bakshis, a genteel lower middle-class Indian clan -- but most of the Jane Austen plot elements are more or less intact, including the duplicitous Wickham (Daniel Gillies). Gurinder ("Bend it Like Beckham") Chadha's retread is also a garish musical in the Bollywood tradition, and though much of it is -- intentionally -- way over the top, the central romance between Darcy and the beautiful Lalita (Austen's "Elizabeth") (Aishwarya Rai) comes through appealingly. Some off-color remarks, a fistfight, provocative dancing, and some thematic material make this best for older adolescents on up. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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