Bride and Prejudice
For once I'm at a complete loss. I need guidance. Cinematically this film is a cross between Blue Hawaii and an execrable advert for my local Indian restaurant. I loved Bend It Like Beckham which really seemed to explore with humour and perceptiveness the boundaries of assimilated or at least merging cultures. I am not sure whether B and P is just good, frothy, harmless fun or stereotypically offensive. Perhaps I can't get the film right because I haven't seen much Bollywood. However it just seems to me that the appalling Mrs Bennett character in the original P and P plays
because she is appalling to other members of the English culture to which she belongs because she is crass by reference to their
mores. It seems to me there is something unwise at least in casting this character as a member of a different culture in that it tends to reinforce stereotypical assumptions.
My wife and daughter have told me to lighten up on the whole thing which I am more than happy to do. But I would like to hear other views.
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