A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Young adults should make decisions for themselves about their lifestyles, friends, partners, and careers. Parents should allow their kids to branch out on their own. Helping others helps ourselves ("a rising tide lifts all boats"). Community is family.
Positive Role Models
Asha is a successful economist who left a banking career to do good for a company securing financing for micro-loans. Ravi took a career path that disappointed his parents, but he's done well for himself and he's happy. Both stand their ground against pushy parents, even if it means some lying is involved. Their parents mean well when they interfere.
Main characters are Indian American and are first- or second-generation immigrants, with all that this entails in terms of identity, community, traditions (some of which are dying out). Their parents and grandparents sacrificed so they could succeed in the U.S. The cast is international (originally from India, Australia, Canada, U.S., and Jamaica), and secondary characters are racially diverse. A White fiancé tries too hard to adapt Indian culture and customs. Characters attend a lot of weddings, including some interfaith.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Adults flirt and kiss. Indian parents are products of arranged marriages and want to help their grown children find spouses, including by posting online dating profiles. The characters attend multiple weddings.
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"Ass," "bum," "freaking," "fool," "nerd," "idiot." "God" as an exclamation.
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Products & Purchases
Mac, Apple, Taco Bell, Bananagrams, Facebook, MIT.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink wine, champagne, beer, and whiskey.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wedding Season is a romantic comedy that's set in the Indian American community and has some kissing and drinking. Two characters fake a relationship to get their anxious parents and community off their backs. Adults flirt and kiss, and they drink wine, champagne, beer, and whiskey. Indian parents are products of arranged marriages. Language includes "ass," "bum," "freaking," "fool," "nerd," "idiot," and "God." The film has positive messages about relationships between parents and their grown children and about the value of community, perhaps especially in immigrant communities. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This romantic comedy feels like a throwback to My Big Fat Greek Wedding-style productions aimed at a family audience. Wedding Season is sweet and easy to digest, and it leaves audiences feeling good. Though the Indian diaspora setting adds a colorful layer of cultural details, some aspects feel overly exaggerated, like the mother's meddling or the sister's fiancé, who tries way too hard to adapt Indian customs and language (a final sword-wielding scene is just weird).
Other elements are predictable, like the parents coming around to their grown children's perspective or the many clues dropped about one character's secret wealth. As an aside, it's disappointing that male characters so often have to be positioned as more attractive because they have money. Though the premise has been done before, this film will find an audience. Expect little, and the story and its amenable cast will entertain.
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