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From screenwriter Shiwani Srivastava comes an Indian-American romantic comedy about two bachelors who are reluctantly offered a trap by their parents. The broad strokes of the film ring true for many first-generation Indians in the US, but does the film eschew stereotypical storytelling to get to the heart of the story?

The essence: Asha (Pallavi Sharda) is a forever single workaholic who still has no interest in settling down, though her more traditional Indian parents worry about her prospects as she ages. To get her parents off her back, she makes a deal with them: she will meet one last guy named Ravi (Suraj Sharma) and go to every wedding this season in exchange for them removing her dating profile. she. When Asha and Ravi meet, they hatch a plan to go on fake dates to reduce the amount of gossip about them in the community. But as they begin to get to know each other, feelings deepen and secrets come to light, and they must decide if they can get past their stubborn exterior to accept their true feelings.

What will it remind you of? The fake dating premise is reminiscent of another Netflix rom-com. Holidays in which Emma Roberts plays a woman who brings a fake date to her family’s Christmas party.

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Performance worth seeing: Suraj Sharma as Ravi is sincere, charismatic, and really feels like a match that most aunts would co-sign.

Memorable Dialogue: After the pair inevitably have a falling out, Asha finds solace in an unlikely place: her overbearing mother. “I know Ravi isn’t perfect, but I feel like he’s your happiness,” her mom tells Asha, and it’s a moment where you believe that even though you disagree all the time, parents can sometimes see what’s in your heart. when you can’t

Sex and skin: A few passionate kisses, but nothing explicit.

Our take: When I first heard about the premise of this movie, I groaned a bit. Another movie about Indians at weddings? Is there nothing more our culture has to offer besides constantly thinking about arranged marriages? Fortunately, I was wrong. wedding season It’s not really about weddings. Sure, there’s a montage of the two leads dancing their hearts out and wearing very fashionable Indian clothing, but the film is much more interested in showing that American Indians with unconventional interests and jobs are still lovable than biodata that counts. with Ivy League titles. and high powered jobs shouldn’t rule the world.

The third act of the film is especially poignant in terms of the parental acceptance that both Asha and Ravi receive. Asha is an economist, but recently took a job in a new field that required a pay cut, which worried her parents. Ravi, on the other hand, has a past that embarrasses his parents, which is made even more difficult by the music career he is pursuing. Both sets of parents have moments when they finally understand their children and share their happiness that they are still thriving through it all. It reminded me of my parents, who often worry about the unknown, especially when it comes to their children’s careers, but are certainly our biggest cheerleaders at the end of the day.

The film also touches on many themes of growing up as the daughter of an immigrant: Asha comments that she didn’t know much about her parents’ lives before they had children, and the story of fake dating comes full circle in an extremely gratifying way. way that draws parallels between Asha’s situation and the one her mother endured when she originally arranged to marry Asha’s father. She breathed new life into what might have been a “it’s already done” cliché.

Of course, none of this would be as moving without the great performances of the leads, who are endearing and funny, and have a lot of chemistry with each other. There are some difficult Indian accents from the older generation, but they can be forgiven. And there are some stereotypes of character traits (of course, one of them is a spelling champ, while the other is a math whiz), but I can’t fault too much when those details are pushed deeper into the story. The movie wins her heart and feels realistic, and is a great entry into the rom-com genre.

Our call: TRANSMIT IT. The film finds a way to subvert the fake dating trope and ground it in a way that connects across generations.

Radhika Mennon (@menonrad) is a TV-obsessed writer living in Los Angeles. His work has been featured in Vulture, Teen Vogue, Paste Magazine and more. At any given moment, he can ponder at length about Friday Night Lights, the University of Michigan, and the perfect slice of pizza. You can call her Rad.

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