Anita and Me Movie Review

by Phil Hinton
Movies & TV Review
Anita and Me Movie Review
Based on Meera Syal's best selling novel, and featuring an array of British acting talent, Anita and Me takes place in the Midlands during the summer of 1972, and is a story about growing up and being accepted. Twelve year old Meena is on the brink of her teenage years. She is from a close Asian family who live in a quite village, but her life is turned upside down by the arrival of Anita Rutter. At 14, Blonde, beautiful and outrageous, Anita is everything Meena thinks she wants to be, and it is not long before she has joined Anita's rebellious gang, “The Wenches”. But things and people are never what they seem, and Meena is soon asking questions about her life, and her supposed culture. Can she decide where her life is going? And can Jackie magazine help her get ahead?

There are some hugely funny and moving moments as we travel through the summer with Meena. Her loving family just don't get the fact she is so split between them, their Indian origins and the fact she is British, and would love some fish fingers and chips. When Anita moves into the village along with her irrepressible Mother and younger sister, Meena's life is never the same. What with Boys, the Yeti and the gang called “The wenches” to deal with, along with Exams and an over bearing family life, will Menna be a famous writer and move to London?.

I very rarely laugh out loud these days at so called comedies, but there are some truly funny moments here, and a cast that never fails to make the most of their characters. With Meera Syal and Sanjeev Bhaskar from Goodness Gracious Me, Kathy Burke (Gimmie, Gimme, Gimme) and Mark Williams from The Fast show, the comic timing is spot on. Our young leads making their first major film appearances also make this movie a real joy to watch, and is highly recommended.

Scores

8
AVForumsSCORE
OUT OF
10

Our Review Ethos

Read about our review ethos and the meaning of our review badges.

To comment on what you've read here, click the Discussion tab and post a reply.

Related Content

Licorice Pizza Movie Review
  • By Tom Davies
  • Published
First Date Movie Review
  • By Casimir Harlow
  • Published
Scream (2022) Movie Review
  • By Mark Costello
  • Published
The Tragedy of Macbeth (Apple TV+) Movie Review
  • By Tom Davies
  • Published
Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (Amazon) Movie Review
  • By Casimir Harlow
  • Published

Latest Headlines

What's new on UK streaming services for February 2022
  • By Andy Bassett
  • Published
BBC licence fee to be scrapped in 2027
  • By Andy Bassett
  • Published
What's new on Netflix UK for February 2022
  • By Andy Bassett
  • Published
Tesco ending DVD and CD sales by Feb 2022 report claims
  • By Andy Bassett
  • Published
Sky Italia launching Sky Cinema 4K in January
  • By Andy Bassett
  • Published
Top Bottom