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Meena, a 12-year-old living in a mining village in the English Midlands in 1972, is the daughter of Indian parents who've come to England to give her a better life. This idyllic existence is upset by the arrival in the village of Anita Rutter and her dysfunctional family. Anita is 14, blonde and beautiful - exactly what Meena thinks she wants to be. She becomes part of Anita's world, but events do not run smoothly. Meena's growing up - and that brings plenty of changes. Written by Phil Reynolds

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22 November 2002 (UK)  »

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Anita and Me  »

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£453,613 (UK) (22 November 2002)

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£1,753,880 (UK) (27 December 2002)
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Trivia

Alex Freeborn as Sam Lowbridge rides a 1971 Triumph Bonneville. See more »

Goofs

The film shows UPVC double glazing in certain scenes. UPVC double glazing was not introduced into the UK until 1976, whereas the movie is set in 1972. See more »

Quotes

Tracey Rutter: Aw what's the dog's name?
Mrs. Rutter: Nigga
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Son of My Father
Written by Giorgio Moroder/Michael Holm/Pete Bellotte
Performed by The Draycott Methodist Church Choir
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Moving coming of age comedy
24 November 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I thought this was going to be a re-run of yet another East meets West type movie but I was pleasantly surprised and impressed. Based on a novel by Meera Syal who also writes the film's screenplay, it follows the funny but often very moving coming-of-age of Meena, an above-average intelligence girl of Indian family living in a small East Midlands village. She teams up with Anita, the local (white) glam girl tear-away and the movie charts their firm friendship as they struggle individually with adolescence, family difficulties and the racism of peers. This is a wonderful and quite uplifting movie.


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