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A wonderfully offbeat comedy about teenage self-discovery in the early '70s, Anita & Me explores the world of 12-year-old Meena (Chandeep Uppal), who has moved to England with her Indian family. In the tradition of Bend It Like Beckham and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, she is embarrassed by her eccentric relatives and friends and latches onto the town bad girl, the blonde, rebellious Anita Rutter (Anna Brewster). At 14 - blonde, aloof, beautiful, outrageous and sassy - Anita is everything Meena thinks she wants to be. Meena wheedles her way into Anita's life, but the arrival of a baby brother, teenage hormones, impending entrance exams for the posh grammar school and a motorcycling rebel without a future, threaten to turn her salad days sour. With a stellar cast including Lynn Redgrave, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal (The Kumars at Number 42), Mark Williams (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and Kathy Burke (Absolutely Fabulous), the clash of cultures in the era of flared pants and glam rock reaches new heights of hilarity.

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  • Actors: Kabir Bedi, Max Beesley, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Anna Brewster, Kathy Burke
  • Directors: Metin Hüseyin
  • Writers: Meera Syal
  • Producers: Meera Syal, Bill Allan, David M. Thompson, Joe Oppenheimer, Keith Evans
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 8, 2006
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FUF71M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,906 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Anita & Me" on IMDb

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"Anita and Me" was a fun yet poignant movie which explores the themes of coming-of-age and integration. Set in the 70s, the story centers on 12-year-old Meena Kumar (played brilliantly by Chandeep Uppal), a Punjabi girl who lives in a small town somewhere in the Midlands, England in the 70s. Her parents are Indian migrants who have worked hard to achieve a reasonable standard of life, yet find it a challenge to integrate themselves into English society, preferring the company of those who share their culture. Meena on the other hand, yearns to be blonde, eat Western food, and become a published writer for Jackie magazine.

When Meena meets her new neighbor Anita (Anna Brewster), a slim, blonde teenage girl, Meena is determined to gain her confidence and become her friend, even if Anita's friendship might cause Meena to do things against her better judgement. Anita is the polar opposite of Meena - she comes from a broken family as opposed to Meena's stable, loving family; Anita is not studious nor highly literate; and, Anita sees sex as a means to an end and as a way to cope with her own bleak life. I found it hard to accept Meena's infatuation with Anita because Anita is not a likable person - she is spiteful and can be incredibly mean. Perhaps it is Anita's carefree, wanton approach to life and her freedom to do as she wishes, something which is denied Meena by her overprotective parents. But even here I found some inconsistencies. As protective as Meena's parents are, they allow her to go about on her own at all times of the day and night, something which is not satisfactorily explained in the movie. The scenes with the Indian relatives and friends is fun to watch, but these characters appear stereotypical without much character development.
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By Mayumi on May 17, 2014
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This movie is funny and intertaining. It is a wonderful story about a young girl trying to find her own identity. It is about her attempt to reconcile her Punjabi ethnicity with the British lifestyle she longs to be a part of. My favorite part of the movie is the Diwali celebration which takes place in Meena's home, especially the part where Meena chooses to sing the "boogaloo" song. It is so funny!
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I've watched this many times. Even the sad parts are so beautifully done...
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kerjman on September 5, 2008
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A next movie of Indian migrants to the UK of the seventies, where a hard working teen newcomer outwits a native cute girl by preferring studying to a sex-enjoyment and manual jobs.

Moral: better watch "My Beautiful Laundrette" , where people work together.
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