Bride and Prejudice

 
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Fluffy Bollywood-style musical romance.
  • Review Date: July 25, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Musical
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 111 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Violence

A fistfight.

Sex

Mild sexual situations.

Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film contains a fistfight and mild sexual situations -- there is kissing, and the cad of the film sweeps a naive young girl off her feet, and has to be chased down before he can take advantage of her. An unwanted pregnancy is mentioned, and there are mild references to homosexuality, including a chorus line of dancing transvestites.

What's the story?

By director Gurinder Chadha, responsible for the great Bend it Like Beckham, BRIDE AND PREJUDICE is a pretty faithful retelling of Jane Austin's "Pride and Prejudice". Lalita (Aishwarya Rai) is the second oldest daughter of a well-to-do Indian family, celebrating the arranged engagement of their oldest to the wealthy and handsome Balraj Bingley (Naveen Andrews), an Indian living in Britain. He's come to meet his future wife, and he's brought his aristocratic sister Kiran (Indira Varma) and American buddy William Darcy (Martin Henderson). It's Darcy's first time in India, and he's having trouble adjusting. So when a huge musical number breaks out, he just doesn't feel comfortable jumping into the swirling throng and dancing. To Lalita, he comes off as aloof, and she dismisses him as a boorish American, more interested in making money than in the beautiful culture around him. As in Austin's novel, Lalita and Darcy repeatedly grow closer and draw apart.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Bride and Prejudice is a fluffy Bollywood-style musical romance that will be fun for teens and parents who can forgive some half-baked lyrics. The film is beautiful -- the musical bits are swirls of choreographed color, with dozens of synchronized dancers reminiscent of Busby Berkeley productions.

The music never quite rises to the level of the dancing, however, and the tepid English lyrics in particular grow tiring as the movie goes on, as. The actors are charming, though, and the inevitable crisis near the end of the film gives the movie a needed pick-up.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how money affects the characters in the film. Which do the characters care about more, the cultural differences between India, England, and America or the economic differences? How does Lalita's perception of Darcy as a wealthy American affect her attitude toward him? How does Bijili seem to feel about America versus India?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 11, 2005
DVD release date:July 5, 2005
Cast:Aishwarya Rai, Martin Henderson, Naveen Andrews
Director:Gurinder Chadha
Studio:Miramax
Genre:Musical
Run time:111 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:some sexual references

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Adult Written bymisslizzie April 9, 2008
 

Quirky

This is a cute movie. It's a musical with goofy words...dont expect a serious movie, just have fun with it.
Kid, 11 years old September 27, 2009
 

Pretty good

I didn't like this one as much as the original or Pride and Predudice but it was pretty good, but far from JA Standards.
Parent of a 12 year old Written bycrankylibrarian January 3, 2014
 

Multicultural twist on a classic story

Swirling colors, swoony music and 4 beautiful sisters, in a Bollywood update of Jane Austen's _Pride and Prejudice_. Some terrific humor with goofy suitor Mr Kohli in the Mr Collins role. Concerns: teen sister Laki sings "maybe he's good in bed", then runs off (and apparently spends the night with) the rakish Wickham, who then gets beat up by Darcy as they are watching a somewhat disturbing Charles Bronson movie. Pros: great multicultural twist on a classic western story, reminding us how much we have in common, despite cultural differences.
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