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Marigold (DVD Review)

20 Jul, 2008 By: Amanda McCorquodale


Street 7/29/08
Echo Bridge
$14.99 DVD
Rated ‘PG-13' for brief strong language.
Stars Ali Larter, Salman Khan.

In Marigold, a second rate American actress is stranded in India but soon finds work, and love, on a Bollywood film set.

Ali Larter, of “Heroes” fame, plays Marigold Lexton, a blond American stereotype full of attitude and a sense of entitlement. After finding out that the film she was originally cast in was canceled and her luggage rerouted by a vindictive flight attendant, Marigold has no choice but to rely on the kindness of strangers. Soon, that kindness starts to rub off on her.

A Bollywood director writes her a role in his current production and Marigold finds herself falling for the choreographer, Prem, played by Bollywood heartthrob Salman Khan.

After becoming enamored with India and its cinema, Willard Carroll wrote and directed Marigold to create a bridge between Hollywood and Bollywood. The resulting film is a hodgepodge of the two styles; the Bollywood elements are not taken far enough into the spectacle to be truly enjoyable and the Hollywood portions feel wooden and forced.

At best, Marigold is a light romantic comedy laced with Indian musical sequences, but Carroll does not succeed in inspiring future crossovers between Bollywood and Hollywood, as he does neither style justice.

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