As I was researching, I saw the name of Kal Penn, who most will know from “Van Wilder,” “House M.D.,” and the “Harold & Kumar” stoner comedies. However, I remember watching him in this film in another English class (Popular Culture I believe), and after thinking about it I couldn’t help but feel that this would perhaps have made a great textual option for this class. It’s not a comedy (Kal Penn is an underrated actor who has made some pretty poor choices though), so those expecting to laugh would be better off renting “Malibu’s Most Wanted” or something. The Namesake focuses on Gogol Ganguli, who is named that after his father’s love of the works of Russian author Nikolai Gogol, and the struggles of cross-culture clash between America and India. The movie becomes incredibly sad at times, but it really captures a lot of good ideas with culture clashing and misrepresentation. If critical acclaim is your thing, it has an 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 82% on Metacritic. I think this movie is fantastic, and highly recommend it.