Parents' Guide to

7 Days

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Indian American romcom has edgy sexual content, drinking.

Movie NR 2022 86 minutes
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Soni may wear a "Queso Queen" T-shirt through most of the film, but, make no mistake, he has co-written the king of COVID-19 comedies -- and left out the cheese. Directed by Soni's co-writer, Roshan Sethi, 7 Days boasts far better production quality than the often used pandemic-filmmaking workarounds of Zoom and iPhone recordings. Set in March 2020, it exists as a living document to the initial strength of the coronavirus -- and the strangeness of suddenly being forced to stay indoors. Masks and Zoom smartly show up in limited amounts as hallmarks of the era, but, since they're barriers to filmmaking, they don't dominate.

The filmmakers' best move, though, is depicting the culture clash that some young Indian American adults contend with, including the push toward an arranged marriage. In examining that, the film challenges the concept of what it means to fall in love. Is love a result of physical attraction, finding a soulmate, or a successful partnership in compatibility and purpose? And which of those is more likely to make for a lasting marriage? Whatever you believe, Sethi and Soni's film helps make the argument that the desire to find true love is universal.

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