Directed By: Frank Lotito
Starring: Jason Lee, Anjul Nigam, Brighton Sharbino, Hilarie Burton, Roni Akurati, Poorna Jagannathan
Released in limited theaters, Growing Up Smith, hit the scene last weekend. As far as movies go, this is the best big screen attempt at depicting an Indian family adapting to life in the U.S in the 1970s. I have yet to see this movie, but am excited to see it tomorrow and meet a few of the stars (Anjul Nigam and Roni Akurati). Not that this movie will be a true depiction of my childhood, but it will be interesting to relate to my life as a child g rowing up in the 70s and 80s to parents who immigrated from India.
When an Indian family moves to America in 1979 with the hope of living the American Dream, their 10-year-old son, Smith, falls head-over-heels for the girl next door. With an American Dream of his own, Smith strives to become a “good ol’ boy,” propelling him and his family further away from their traditional ideals than ever before.
GROWING UP SMITH is a heartfelt coming-of-age comedy about an irrepressibly likeable 10-year-old boy from India who may possibly lose it all—including the love of his life—when his obsession for living the American Dream unexpectedly takes a wrong turn.