Like the 2003 comedy The Guru, this British-American coproduction tries to retool the Bollywood musical into something more palatable to Westerners, with English dialogue, a relatively modest running time, and a story adapted from Jane Austen. Using Pride and Prejudice as the source material was a masterstroke; with its emphasis on marriage and class, the story's easily transposed onto an Indian family in the UK. But the characters quickly succumb to stereotype: the spunky, independent-minded heroine (Aishwarya Rai); her domineering, socially ambitious mother (Nadira Babbar); her laid-back, philosophical father (Anupam Kher). The biggest problem is the supremely bland Martin Henderson as Mr. Darcy, reimagined here as a snooty American. Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham) directed. PG-13, 111 min.
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