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Anita & Me (2002)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 22 November 2002 (UK)
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Metin Hüseyin

Writers:

Meera Syal (screenplay), Meera Syal (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kabir Bedi ... Yeti
Max Beesley ... Hairy Neddy
Sanjeev Bhaskar ... Papa Kumar
Anna Brewster ... Anita Rutter
Kathy Burke ... Mrs. Deidre Rutter
Ayesha Dharker ... Mrs. Daljeet Kumar
Omid Djalili ... Uncle Amman
Alex Freeborn Alex Freeborn ... Sam Lowbridge
Lynn Redgrave ... Mrs. Ormerod
Zohra Sehgal ... Nanima
Meera Syal ... Auntie Shaila
Christine Tremarco Christine Tremarco ... Sandy
Chandeep Uppal Chandeep Uppal ... Meena Kumar
Mark Williams ... The Reverend 'Uncle' Alan
Lucy Pargeter Lucy Pargeter ... Brenda
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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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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

The film version updates the book's setting from the 60s to the 70s. 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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Music in Temple
Performed by Balvinder Singh/Balraj Singh
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Hilarious, moving, brilliant.
17 November 2002 | by haroldschrisSee all my reviews

The story of a young Asian girl growing up in Britain, Anita and Me will be bracketed with Bend It Like Beckham but is far superior. It's as brilliantly-scripted as About A Boy or Bridget Jones, without any of the advantages that those movies had in terms of budget, glamour and style. Particularly surprising and welcome was the fact that the film didn't feel obliged to smooth out the rough edges, for example by making Anita worthy of Meena's worship. It's this surprising integrity that makes an ostensibly lightweight film into something more substantial. It works on every level and is highly recommended.


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Release Date:

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$3,016,461
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