Bride & Prejudice

Rated PG-13 2005

A loose remake of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice that fuses the epic romantic musical stylings of Indian "Bollywood" movies with more Westernized, "Hollywood" elements. A lower-class mother wants her daughters to marry wealthy men, and our protagonist is a daughter (Aishwarya Rai) caught between a rich American, who initially comes off as an obnoxious bastard but isn't (Martin Henderson), and a not-so-rich Cockney Brit, who's charming but secretly a total jackass (Daniel Gillies). Complications ensue, while the other sisters deal with minor subplots of their own. It's a story that, while dated by contemporary Western standards, still works fairly well when transposed to a culture where parents still marry their daughters off to prearranged suitors. Unfortunately, it's also pretty banal -- translating the songs into English reveals just how dull their lyrics and sentiments really are. The colors are pretty though.

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