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Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Fun Bollywood romance has occasional bad language.

Movie NR 2002 177 minutes
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Full of energy, humor, and a lot of heart, this 1990s Bollywood drama takes some traditional elements and merges them with a more modern college setting for a sweet, if not wildly original tale. There are stereotypical aspects to some of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai's characters, while some are played entirely for laughs. But there is enough complexity amid the three leads to maintain interest and enjoyment through the nearly three-hour running time.

Musical numbers bring humor into some dances, while others enjoy the soft-focus romantic moments of more classical Bollywood fare, full of breathy suggestion but not too much overt sexuality. There are some genuinely touching moments, particularly between father and daughter, and a likability to most characters -- even those being ridiculed -- that make it hard to ignore the pull of this colorful whirlwind that charts a love triangle through decades.

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