A filmmaker sets out to document her best friend’s arranged marriage in Shekhar Kapur’s charming, culture clash rom-com.
Zoe (Lily James) is looking for her next project. Suddenly, her neighbour Kazim (Shazad Latif) announces he is getting his parents to find a wife for him. As a successful doctor, his willingness to take the plunge and marry a woman with whom he has only video called, is jarring.
Yet the stars align for Zoe: she now has a new film project, and she has an excuse to probe the alien concept of “assisted marriage” as they call it these days. As Zoe spends more time trailing Kaz for her film project, the chemistry between them becomes undeniable, while Zoe’s out-of-touch mother, played by Emma Thompson, steals all the best lines.
All handsome London locations and big, unfettered emotions; What’s Love Got to Do with It? has all the hallmarks of a classic Richard Curtis rom-com (with touches of When Harry Met Sally), yet Kapur injects these trappings with all the visuals of a lavish Bollywood production.
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