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What's Love Got to Do with It?

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

British romcom celebrates cultural differences.

Movie PG-13 2023 108 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Great acting, easy to watch, just fine.

Some great moments and the movie raises some brilliant points on the experience of second generation kids in Britain. But I felt sad that it had a white saviour twist to it. In the movies own words, it's fine and what's wrong with fine.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This charming British film manages to be very true of its genre -- placed affectionately and comfortingly within the rules and conventions of romcoms -- yet at the same time feels unique and progressive. What's Love Got to Do with It? delivers more so on the romantic side than the comedy, although it still boasts a number of laughs. Much of the intended comedy appears to have been laid down for Emma Thompson who plays Cath, Zoe's mother. Unfortunately Cath just feels a little too contrived in places, clumsily making generalizations about her Pakistani neighbors in the name of humor.

Where writer Jemima Khan has more success is when crafting the roles of the family next door. Using her own experience and kinship toward Pakistan, the film takes a non-judgmental and respectful approach to British-Pakistani life, addressing how older traditions and values can sometime struggle to fit in the modern world. Meanwhile the performances are strong. James and Latif have good chemistry, deriving from their long-standing real-life friendship, and as with any film of this nature, without that chemistry the film falls flat -- so that's a great relief.

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