Owen Gleiberman
March 16, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Namesake

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
122 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/09/07
performer
Irfan Khan, Kal Penn, Jacinda Barrett, Tabu
director
Mira Nair
distributor
Fox Searchlight Pictures
author
Sooni Taraporevala
genre
Drama

We gave it a C+

In Mira Nair’s marvelous and moving cross-cultural family saga, a Bengali couple (Irrfan Khan and Tabu) make a home in the New York suburbs. Kal Penn, in a fantastic performance, is their son, whose love-hate, push-pull relationship with his heritage forms the film’s spiritual core. The movie is a bit too episodic, but it will speak to anyone who ever felt pulled in different directions by his own heart.

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