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A Simple Wedding

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sweet culture-clash romcom upends stereotypes; drugs, sex.

Movie NR 2020 88 minutes
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This modern-day love story is wonderfully millennial: It's social-justice oriented, with diverse characters and a progressive approach to dating and sex. It nails millennials' language, sense of humor, and approach to problems. Even when the comedy goes broad, the acting and dialogue are fully authentic -- hopefully, we'll be seeing more of the cast and writer-director Sara Zandieh.

While there's been a recent revolution when it comes to reinventing the romantic comedy, A Simple Wedding actually follows a formula but updates it for modern audiences. It's hard to think of too many (or any) light movies with positive portrayals of Iranian Americans, or with a Muslim woman as the adorkable lead, or, for that matter, any in which a heterosexual girl marries a bisexual guy. Romcoms often have a "gay guy best friend," but how many times does the female lead have two lesbian best friends who are married with a daughter (and no issues)? Alex's gay father and stepfather aren't stereotypical, either. In fact, the greatest thing about all of the characters here is how comfortable they are in their own skin. So millennial!

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