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“Number 47 and Number 49. A continent between them.” Twice in “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” Kazim Kahn ( Shazad Latif ) tells his lifelong friend Zoe Stevenson ( Lily James ) that even though they grew up next door, sharing a treehouse—and a first kiss—the Muslim Pakistani-British and white British worlds are very far apart. That is never clearer than when Kaz tells Zoe he is engaged but does not know yet to whom. 

What he means is that he has agreed to the Pakistani custom of “assisted marriage.” It is no longer called “arranged marriage” because it is a hybrid. Kaz’s parents did not meet until the wedding. But in today’s more modern version, the parents are very much involved but the couple does get a chance to spend some time together to determine their compatibility before the ceremony. 

Zoe is surprised that her old friend is not hoping for what his culture calls a “love marriage.” She certainly has no interest in the handsome, kind, funny young veterinarian her mother ( Emma Thompson , having a blast) wants her to marry. Yet, Zoe has her own conflicts around love, with a history of relationships so short-lived none of them qualifies as likely to stick around long enough to watch an entire TV series together. When she tells fairy tales to her nieces, she switches the ending. In her version, Cinderella breaks glass ceilings instead of losing a glass slipper. And the princess would rather have a cool talking frog than a boring old prince.

Zoe is an accomplished documentary filmmaker (although it's hard to imagine her making a professional film with one small camera, doing all of her own filming, sound, and editing). Producers have no interest in her proposals for films about tragic topics. She impulsively suggests a documentary about her friend’s progress in finding a bride. The producers perk up and suggest titles like “When Harry Was Forced to Meet Sally” or “My Big Fat Arranged Marriage.” Zoe has a better idea: “Love Contractually.” Kaz reluctantly agrees, and Zoe starts following him with her camera to a meeting with the jovial matchmaker to an awkward mixer to a “love at first Skype” meeting with Maymouna ( Sajal Ali ), a bride prospect in Lahore, a shy law student, and then to their wedding.

The movie comes from Working Title Films, the studio behind classic rom-coms like “ Love Actually ,” “ Notting Hill ,” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” and it acknowledges, pays tribute to, and steals a bit from those and some Hollywood favorites as well. Zoe tells the producers she plans to interview couples for context and commentary like the ones in “When Harry Met Sally.” As in that film, those moments are some of the most memorable. This one has familiar beats but appealing performers, better dialogue, and more depth of character than many more formulaic movie romances. 

It also benefits from the authenticity brought to the story by director Shekhar Kapur and first-time screenwriter Jemima Khan . At one point, Zoe’s film is criticized for bringing the “white gaze” to a project about Pakistani culture. That is a sly dig, pointing out just what this movie is not. For those in the audience who, like Zoe, might consider “assisted marriage” as “a medieval chattel swap,” Kapur's film provides a nuanced view, comparing the 55 percent divorce rate for Western “love marriages” to the 6 percent for “assisted.” The appeal for Kaz, in particular, is understandable. We learn that his family has had no contact with his sister since she married outside their faith and culture. He cannot bear putting them through that again. They speak of “falling into like and walking into love,” and Kaz says, “It’s just a different way of getting there.” 

But assisted marriage is not idealized. Kaz and his mother and father each give the matchmaker different priorities, and his mother's are explicitly colorist. She does not want her son’s bride to be “too dark,” looking for a “wheat” skin color. His father says he should not look for that "click" or spark, but Kaz is hoping the “bespoke 3D halal Tinder” will find him someone he can love.

No one will be surprised by the story's conclusion. But "What's Love Got to Do With It?" is so well supported by the lead-up, including sympathetic treatment of the romantic partners who don’t work out, that it earns a happily-ever-after ending.

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Nell Minow is the Contributing Editor at RogerEbert.com.

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What's Love Got to Do with It? (2023)

Rated PG-13 for strong language including a sexual reference, some suggestive material and brief drug material.

109 minutes

Lily James as Zoe

Shazad Latif as Kazim Khan

Shabana Azmi as Aisha Khan

Emma Thompson as Cath

Sajal Ali as Maymouna

Oliver Chris as James

Asim Chaudhry as Mo

Jeff Mirza as Zahid Khan

Alice Orr-Ewing as Helena

  • Shekhar Kapur
  • Jemima Khan

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  • Guy Bensley
  • Nitin Sawhney

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Whats Love Got to do With it

Having absolutely nothing to do with the Tina Turner biopic of the same name (minus the question mark), What’s Love Got To Do With It? serves as a master class in how to adhere faithfully to the classic romantic-comedy template and yet still emerge with something that delivers delightfully on both sides of the hyphen.

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Top it off with a lovely lead performance by Lily James and a bitingly funny one by Emma Thompson , and you’ve got the type of world premiere TIFF entry that tends to fare quite well when the annual People’s Choice votes are tallied. It’s no surprise the name Working Title Films appears in the credits, given how snugly the production fits in the Love, Actually/Four Weddings and a Funeral mold.

Struggling to figure out what to do for an encore, award-winning British documentary filmmaker Zoe (James) ends up training her camera on something decidedly close to home — namely her lifelong friend and next-door neighbor Kaz (Shazad Latif), who has informed her of his intentions to honor his Pakistan-born parents’ wishes by agreeing to an arranged marriage.

Still, she’s admittedly taken aback when he informs her he’s engaged to be married to the seemingly introverted young woman (Sajal Aly) whom he was introduced to a mere week earlier via Skype. With her camera and mother in tow, Zoe travels to Lahore for the wedding festivities, uncovering some revealing truths in the process.

Although there have been previous rom-coms built around family-dictated “assisted” marriages versus the power of attraction, few have managed to so satisfyingly balance the laugh-out-loud funny with the romantic longing and sense of belonging so effectively captured in Kapur’s sensitive direction and Khan’s script.

But just because love may be blind, it doesn’t mean cultural and ethnic differences go unnoticed in contemporary society. It’s an observation Khan’s script doesn’t shy away from making on several occasions, including Kaz mentioning he wants to arrive at the airport early “so I can be randomly selected.”

As Zoe, meanwhile, the terrific James, whose versatile body of work has run the gamut from Cinderella to Pam & Tommy , conveys an aching vulnerability as a young woman using her camera as a buffer between her subjects and her own personal fears and insecurities.

Vibrantly filmed by Remi Adefarasin (Oscar nominated for Elizabeth ), who bathes the production in rich, warm hues, with similarly cozy production design by Simon Elliott, What’s Love Got to Do With It? rewardingly succeeds in answering its own rhetorical question.

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What’s Love Got to Do with It? review – slick Richard Curtis-esque Britcom

Shekhar Kapur returns with a solid cross-cultural attempt to recall the heyday of Working Title rom-coms

A t the same festival where Billy Eichner just attempted to revive the once-lucrative Apatow formula of sweet and salty with his queer comedy Bros , Shekhar Kapur, director of Elizabeth and Bandit Queen, is returning after an extended absence to try to resurrect the equally popular and equally dormant Working Title romcom with What’s Love Got to Do with It?, a fun, frothy and forgettable itch-scratcher. Both stick to a familiar playbook for subgenres that essentially come with a strict style guide attached but both also try to find a diverse retelling of stories that have been traditionally told with white, straight people at the centre.

Kapur’s isn’t quite as successful or specific as Eichner’s but it’s a slick reminder of the calming comfort that comes from the Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner blueprint – all handsome London locations and big, unfettered emotions – and it’s smooth and likable enough to encourage more of the same ( rumours of a fourth Bridget Jones movie likely to be confirmed within weeks). Kapur might not have any experience within the comedy genre but his lavish, action-heavy period dramas have allowed him to master epic canvas storytelling and it lends the film a glossy grandness that’s been missing from the romcom ever since Netflix helped usher it back and flatten it down. It looks and feels big, gliding between continents and cultures, location upon location upon location. It might never reach emotions of the same size but its ease is hard to resist.

He’s working with a script from Jemima Khan , pulling elements from her own experience of marrying a a Muslim man and living in Pakistan, focusing on childhood friends living on the same street but coming from different backgrounds. Zoe (Lily James) has found a successful career as a documentary film-maker but the heaviness of her topics has made it hard to find funding. When her longtime friend Kaz (Shazad Latif) announces that he is starting the arranged marriage process, propelled by his own desire to do it rather than parental coercion, she sees his journey as inspiration for a new film, following him all the way down the aisle with her camera.

The process of production involves the pair debating romance and love and what it all means, sub-When Harry Met Sally back-and-forths that stay mostly surface-level, enjoyable enough to watch but rarely insightful. Khan’s script is one of competency rather than creativity: a sound structure, a propulsive pace and a learned awareness of genre conventions but dialogue that often feels a little first draft, a little placeholder-heavy, zingers not really zinging quite as they should. A running theme that sees Zoe bringing harsh reality to fairy tales doesn’t work in the way the film seems to think, although it’s refreshing to see James allowed to play something with slightly more depth than she often gets afforded. Too frequently, she gets stuck playing characters who make more sense as male fantasy than female reality (she, and we, deserved more from Cinderella, Baby Driver and Yesterday) but Zoe has more of an edge, wavering over the concept of marriage and using drunken sex as a pick-me-up, not conforming to a lot of the romcom tropes the Working Title stable helped to cement. At times, I wish the script had gone a bit further, especially with her attitude towards the concept of motherhood, but James is good at the spikier stuff, as she recently showed in the otherwise underwhelming Pam & Tommy. She has an easy, if never exactly electric, chemistry with a charming Latif.

The longtime Richard Curtis collaborator Emma Thompson also crops up as Zoe’s mother, fresh off arguably her greatest work to date in Good Luck to You Leo Grande (deserving every ounce of her Oscar buzz), but her presence is rather tiresome, over-egging comedy support in a way that feels outsized and uncomfortable, sinking rather than stealing scenes. It’s far more rewarding to watch Indian star Shabana Azmi as the other more layered matriarch, an astute actor avoiding cliche as a woman embracing both tradition and modernity and she sells us on the difficulty of that wrestle. The film doesn’t really have any profound statements to make on arranged marriages or marriage in general but it also avoids leaning into simplistic western judgment, the overall conclusion being that love can happen to anyone anywhere, no right or wrong route.

What’s love got to do with What’s Love Got to Do with It? For us, by the end, very little. But there’s plenty of like here instead.

What’s Love Got to Do with It? screened at the Toronto film festival and is released in the UK on 24 February.

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A glossy lesson in how to pour nontraditional content into a traditional rom-com mold, Shekhar Kapur’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” shapes competing notions of happily-ever-after into comfort food. And in case we’re unclear about its middle-of-the-road ambitions, Kapur also gives us a film-within-the-film whose title is “Love Contractually.” Accordingly, anyone who takes longer than 10 minutes to forecast the ending simply doesn’t get out of the house enough.

Moving between graceful London locations and a vibrant celebration in Lahore, Pakistan, the story centers on Zoe (Lily James), an English documentary filmmaker, and her childhood friend, Kazim (Shazad Latif), a British-Pakistani doctor. She is a chronic right-swiper on disappointing men; he considers love at first sight a mental health issue and has opted for an arranged marriage to a shy Pakistani beauty (a wonderfully nimble Sajal Ali). Kazim’s journey to the altar, Zoe decides, will make a perfect topic for her new documentary.

Written by Jemima Khan, channeling some of her own experiences as the former wife of a Pakistani prime minister, “What’s Love” bundles its perky-sweet tale in Kapur’s signature visual sumptuousness (courtesy of the cinematographer Remi Adefarasin). Bland conversations about love and longing, and a mostly sunny tone, neuter potential conflict in a movie that neither promotes nor disparages arranged marriage. Sadly, its most divisive feature is a grating turn by Emma Thompson as Zoe’s attention-hogging mother, whose behavior is often embarrassing and usually inappropriate.

By contrast, the lovely Shabana Azmi gives Kazim’s mother a droll, knowing dignity. “Not too dark,” she warns, instructing a matchmaker on her daughter-in-law preferences. Apparently the filmmakers made the same choice.

What’s Love Got to Do With it? Rated PG-13. No sex, they’re British. Running time: 1 hour 48 minutes. In theaters.

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What’s Love Got to Do With It? review: Jemima Khan’s big-hearted debut is proof British romcoms aren’t dead

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Think about it: when did you last see a great British romcom? Can you even remember the last time anyone achieved that perfect alchemy between wistful longing, self-deprecating humour and characters who live in incredibly nice houses? There’s been endless fretting about whether the genre can adapt to a more inclusive, feminist age – but with the big-hearted What’s Love Got to Do With It? , we can call off the search party. The first feature film written by Jemima Khan is a charming cross-cultural comedy that can be ranked alongside British classics like Bend It Like Beckham , and has the confidence of a Richard Curtis classic.

Boy, here, does not meet girl – he’s known her since they were kids, their families living next door to one another. Zoe ( Lily James ) now makes documentaries and Kaz (Shazad Latif) is a doctor; they are best friends, having long been part of the fabric of one another’s lives. Kaz has decided that he wants to have an arranged marriage, meaning boy will actually meet girl once she’s also met his Pakistani parents. Zoe, searching for her next project, convinces Kaz to let her film his journey, and explore how arranged marriages have evolved.

The tone is distinctly feelgood, but the film, directed by Shekhar Kapur, thoughtfully explores the different ways that relationships can be built, and what cultures can teach one another. Is it, in fact, more sensible to be pragmatic about relationships, rather than blindly led by the tempers of passion? And do western relationships owe more to the idea of arranged marriage than we realise? What about dating apps or, say, the royal family? A clever scene references the moment Prince Charles shattered a thousand fairytale dreams with his dismissive “whatever in love means” comment upon his engagement to Diana; these ideas are closer to home than we think.

James and Latif are a magnetic pair of leads, with Zoe wedded to her independence and Kaz gently challenging her preconceptions. (Zoe does live on an inexplicably nice houseboat for a freelance documentary filmmaker, which, as we know, is a crucial staple of British romcoms.)

The film, too, is a brilliant showcase for British comic talent, with Asim Chaudhry as a wheeler-dealer matchmaker, and comedy duo Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen as a pair of TV commissioners who compulsively come up with silly ideas. And as Zoe’s mum Cath, Emma Thompson delivers a winningly funny, frantic performance, constantly thrilled by her growing knowledge of cultural differences. (When told that an arranged marriage can be dissolved by simply saying, “I divorce you,” she remarks, “I wish we had that here.”)

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Towards the end, the film moves into more expansive territory as a bittersweet family drama, delivering a gentle message about acceptance. But What’s Love Got to Do With It? shines best as a crowd-pleasing comedy, and a sign that British romcoms aren’t dead: they were only sleeping.

Dir: Shekhar Kapur. Starring: Lily James, Shazad Latif, Emma Thompson, Shabana Azmi, Sajal Aly and Jeff Mirza. 12A, 109 mins

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‘What’s Love Got To Do With It?’ Review: Multicultural Relationship Study Respects Muslim Traditions But Obeys Rom-Com Rules

Director Shekhar Kapur and screenwriter Jemima Khan attempt to both-sides the institution of arranged marriage, while essentially making the audience root against it.

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Early on in “What’s Love Got to Do With It?,” enterprising London-based filmmaker Zoe ( Lily James ) pitches a proposed documentary about Muslim arranged marriages to a pair of white male commissioners. They’re bored and disengaged until they realize how the topic can be dressed up in the tropes and lingo of Western romantic comedy to appeal to a general British audience: One suggests interview inserts in the style of “When Harry Met Sally,” the other name-drops “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” as a reference point. When Zoe suggests titling the doc “Love Contractually,” the deal is done.

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But it’s neither a fair fight, nor an especially tense one. Kazim’s betrothed Maymouna (Sajal Ali, in the film’s canniest performance) is young, polite and winsomely beautiful, but it takes a single Skype call to establish that they have no chemistry or common ground, in even more ways than they initially perceive. We don’t want them to end up together any more than we want Zoe to settle for James (a sweetly hangdog Oliver Chris), the nice but terminally milquetoast veterinarian that her meddling mother Cath (Emma Thompson) keeps pushing on her. James and Latif, both wholesomely appealing, don’t exactly burn up the screen either, but they fit together, in the rom-com language that the film mostly speaks.

Khan — once famously married to Pakistani cricketer and eventual prime minister Imran Khan — infuses proceedings with perceptive, plainly heartfelt knowledge of the strains and compromises that come with blending British and Pakistani culture, as Kazim quite reasonably admonishes Zoe for judging his family’s traditions according to her own life experience, oblivious to the ways he’s always been treated as other in his own home country. (Later, Zoe’s documentary is stalled when producers object to the “white lens” she brings to proceedings; again, whether Khan is calling herself out on this front is open to question.) Thompson’s high-key comic turn as Cath, meanwhile, represents the most cringe-worthy ways in which Brits can condescend to their immigrant neighbors whilst professing to embrace them: “Wasn’t that wonderfully exotic — I feel like a concubine,” she gushes after attending a Muslim wedding celebration.

Direct-to-camera testimonies from Kazim’s parents, grandmother and traditionally married younger brother — whose family, by luck or by kismet, paired him with a fellow Harry Potter nerd — offer a rosier view of arranged (or “assisted,” as we’re told is the preferred term) marriage, and it’s via such secondary characters that “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” feigns even-handedness on the subject. But defenders of the tradition may reasonably query why the film then pivots on such a plainly ill-fated arrangement, or why its most prominent — and most moving — subplot centers on the family’s disownment of Kazim’s sister Jamila (Mariam Haque) for marrying outside her faith. Such complex matters are rather swiftly resolved in a finale heavy on hugging and learning and swift changes of heart: Khan writes resolution more easily than she does conflict.

Reviewed at Picturehouse Finsbury Park, London, March 8, 2023. (In Toronto Film Festival.) Running time: 109 MIN.

  • Production: (U.K.) A StudioCanal presentation of a Working Title production in association with Instinct Prods. (World sales: StudioCanal, London.) Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Nicky Kentish Barnes, Jemima Khan. Executive producers: Sarmad Masud, Ron Halpern, Sarah Harvey, Anna March, Joe Naftalin, Lucas Webb, Katherine Pomfret.
  • Crew: Director: Shekhar Kapur. Screenplay: Jemima Khan. Camera: Remi Adefarasin. Editors: Guy Bensley, Nick Moore. Music: Nitin Sawhney.
  • With: Lily James, Shazad Latif, Emma Thompson, Shabana Azmi, Oliver Chris, Sajal Ali, Asim Chaudhry, Jeff Mirza, Alice Orr-Ewing, Rahat Fateh, Ali Khan, Pakiza Baig, Mariam Haque. (English, Urdu dialogue)

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Review: ‘What’s Love Got to Do With It?’ turns out to be an excellent title for new rom-com

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No, it’s not a remake of the Tina Turner biopic, but “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” also proves the ideal title for a lovely new rom-com about the complex and elusive challenge of finding the one. Though you know where writer-producer Jemima Khan’s script is headed a hemisphere away, this is a sweet and sensitive journey anchored by a captivating pair of lead performances.

Londoner Zoe Stevenson ( Lily James ) is a romantically challenged documentary filmmaker who decides to turn her cameras on childhood friend and longtime next-door neighbor, Kazim “Kaz” Khan ( Shazad Latif ), and his culturally specific search for a wife. He’s a handsome, 32-year-old, British Pakistani doctor, a Muslim traditionalist who’s yielding to the practice of an arranged (a.k.a. assisted) marriage to find a love match. Or “whatever love means,” says the gentle Kaz, telegraphing his modest expectations on that front.

With the help of his devoted parents, Aisha (Shabana Azmi) and Zahid (Jeff Mirza), the dutiful Kaz eventually connects with Maymouna (Sajal Aly), a seemingly shy, decade-younger law student living in Lahore, Pakistan. After a brief series of Skype meet-ups, Kaz and Maymouna become engaged — despite a visible lack of chemistry or joy — and a wedding date is set.

Cue the trek from London to Lahore for Kaz, his parents, brother Farooq (Mim Shaikh) and recent bride Yasmin (Iman Boujelouah), and Kaz’s elderly grandma, Nani Jan (Pakiza Baig), for the three-day wedding extravaganza. Zoe and her dotty, irrepressible mother, Cath ( Emma Thompson ), are also on board for the festivities, which will be the centerpiece of Zoe’s documentary. It’s a gala celebration, but all may not be what it seems.

Once back in London, Zoe takes a page from Kaz’s playbook: She surrenders to her mother’s advice and begins to date a kindly and genial veterinarian, James (Oliver Chris). Also like Kaz, she ends up talking herself into a relationship with someone attractive and acceptable, even if her heart’s not entirely in it — if at all. At least she still has her film to finish.

As in the making of most documentaries, outcomes can’t always be planned. And after a rough-cut screening of Zoe’s movie for family and friends, this heartfelt tale takes a few sharp turns that make all involved question or reexamine their beliefs. It’s here that the film gains its heft and deepens in several satisfying ways, bringing out the best in the screenplay and the capable cast.

For Zoe, it’s a clearer realization of what’s been holding her back — in life and in love. Kaz, meanwhile, becomes more honest with himself and more emboldened with his old-school parents, whose reactions to his revelations during an Eid al-Fitr gathering (to mark the end of Ramadan) may surprise you — as they do Kaz.

That same night, Aisha and Zahid must also come to terms with their daughter, Jamila (Mariam Haque), who has been estranged from her disapproving family since marrying the non-Muslim David (Michael Marcus). This family reunion at the Khans, with Zoe and Cath also in attendance, helps wrap up the film on a touching and tender note.

As for what love has to do with it, the film ultimately makes a convincing case that, for the longevity of romance, “it’s better to simmer than to boil.” Or so says Kaz’s mother, whose own arranged union with Zahid was a slow-building success story. Still, the movie also successfully posits that you can’t always choose who you fall for and that there’s also nothing wrong with good old-fashioned attraction — physical and emotional — to launch a relationship. As rom-coms go, this one’s pretty sensible.

Director Shekhar Kapur (“Bandit Queen,” “Elizabeth” ) deftly juggles his large cast and many group scenes, especially the vibrant, Lahore-set wedding activities. (Suburban London and a country manor in Suffolk, England, subbed for Pakistan; inserts used of actual Lahore exteriors were shot remotely by a satellite crew). Pacing is mostly swift and, overall, the vibe of this Working Title Films production feels enjoyably consistent with such hit rom-coms from the company as “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Notting Hill” and “Love Actually.”

James and Latif make an appealing, soulful twosome, infusing their nicely dimensional, well-modulated characters with low-key charm and credible longing. Azmi is also quite good as a loving, encouraging mother who just wants her children to be happy, but also understands the obstacles that entails. The always welcome Thompson works hard but never quite nails down a thin, oddly conceived role, though she does thankfully have a few more authentic moments toward the end of this superior entry in the love-game genre.

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Toronto Film Festival 2022: This charming, colorful love story, set in London and Lahore, challenges preconceived notions and features off-the-charts chemistry between James and Shazad Latif

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Arranged marriage is a tried-and-true trope in Bollywood romcoms, which typically champion love and social progress over tradition, even if they’ve hardly moved the needle for decades despite the genre’s immense popularity. Though set in London and revolving around arranged marriage in the South Asian diaspora, it’s easy to make assumptions about Toronto Film Festival premiere “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” based on genre conventions and cliché.

But this is most definitely not what Bollywood romcom enthusiasts might expect. For starters, the story concerns overseas Pakistanis and not Indians. The film also doesn’t outright frame arranged marriage as something outdated and stifling. If anything, it encourages viewers to not rush to judgment. 

Moreover, its protagonist is actually a white woman. Zoe (Lily James), is a socially conscious documentary filmmaker from an ethnically diverse part of London. Her mother, Cath (Emma Thompson), while fully embracing the multiculturalism around her, is prone to the occasional faux pas due to a lack of awareness and sensitivity.

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The producers Zoe tries to entice to back a project on children in the care system are averse to downer stories, so she pitches one on arranged marriage, as her next-door neighbor and childhood friend Kaz (Shazad Latif, “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”) is preparing to embark on this journey. It immediately clicks with the suits: “My Big Fat Arranged Marriage!” “Love Contractually!” Sold! 

Kaz is the archetypal catch for a modern romcom, devilishly handsome and an MD to boot. Zoe is somewhat dumbfounded by his enthusiasm for matchmaking, an avidity stemming from successful precedents in his Pakistani family. Then again, it’s not as if she’s had much luck with dating apps. Cath tries to fix Zoe up with her vet, James (Oliver Chris), a set-up which Zoe realizes is conceptually not far from an arranged marriage. Though James doesn’t excite her nearly as much as her previous failed suitors, she decides to give him a shot because whatever she’s been doing hasn’t worked.  

As Zoe spends more time trailing Kaz for her film project, the chemistry between them becomes undeniable — to us viewers anyway. But she must sit through Kaz and family’s meeting with Mo the Matchmaker (Asim Chaudhry, “Wonder Woman 1984”), a Muslim singles mixer, and his Skype meeting with Maymouna (Sajal Ali), a beautiful yet visibly hesitant young law student in Pakistan. The story eventually shifts to Pakistan for the wedding. 

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It’s maddening that this is director Shekhar Kapur’s first feature since 2007’s “Elizabeth: The Golden Age.” This is a feast for the eyes, and it’s exciting to see him apply this rich visual tapestry to a modern setting. The film challenges any preconceived notions of what Pakistan looks and feels like: The shots of Lahore exteriors by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s second unit are dreamy and fairytale-like. The interiors, shot by Remi Adefarasin (“Locked Down”) in Suffolk, are simply breathtaking.  

A crowded bazaar that may appear chaotic and overwhelming on, say, “The Amazing Race,” in this film seems like the most romantic place in the world, where time stands still — all with a little trickery on the depth of field in the shots. Maymouna and Kaz’s wedding has got to be one of the most stunning ever staged; whether or not these nuptials are factually accurate, production designer Simon Elliott and costume designer Caroline McCall do a sublime job transporting us. 

Jemima Khan’s screenplay employs a storybook motif that Kapur realizes in his direction. Whenever Zoe babysits on her friend’s date nights and reads bedtime stories, she recounts in voiceover her own romantic misadventures and the frogs she has kissed, using story-time vernacular. It’s a nice narrative device but also an observant commentary on how these fables from our childhood may leave a lasting impression that informs unrealistic expectations on love.  

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The screenplay feels fresh and original, even if parts of it are inevitable. This is escapism, after all, not a lecture. One facet that particularly stands out is the film’s treatment of Kaz’s sister, Jamila (Mariam Haque), who has been cast out by the family because she married for love. This subplot gives the film its emotional heft. It seems sincere and beautiful, far from the manipulations, the posturing and the virtue signaling sometimes seen in so many other romcoms about arranged marriage.  

James and Latif make a splendid pair. They don’t need to utter a single word to express their affection for each other — and for the most part, they don’t — but we can still tell from the acting alone that they can barely conceal those feelings. Seeing them together makes one giddy, a feat that even Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan couldn’t manage. Thompson is fantastic as one would expect, scene stealing even during the requisite dance number. 

The romcom appears to be making its way back, after years of remission, into the popular discourse. “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” happens to be the best one Working Title has ever produced. “Four Weddings and a Funeral” was a classic, but it didn’t look this spectacular. Everything about this one is lovely and magical, but it’s also deeply heartfelt. 

“What’s Love Got to Do With It?” made its world premiere at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival.

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‘What’s Love Got To Do With It?’: Toronto Review

By Wendy Ide 2022-09-14T09:54:00+01:00

Shekhar Kapur makes his return to the big screen with this Anglo-Asian romantic comedy 

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‘What’s Love Got To Do With It?’

Dir: Shekhar Kapur. UK. 2022. 109mins.

When a documentary maker (Lily James) decides to make a film about a neighbour (Shazad Latif) who is about to enter into an arranged marriage, the result is a frothy comedy which, while hardly being the first to mine Anglo-Asian culture clashes on the romantic landscape, sails closer to the wind than many. Biting observations about unconscious bias, racism and cynical box-ticking in content commissioning abound, and although it is perhaps not the most culturally sensitive examination of arranged marriage, it is an amusing charmer of a picture which trades heavily on the chemistry between its two stars, with support from Emma Thompson.

An amusing charmer of a picture which trades heavily on the chemistry between stars Lily James and Shazad Latif

In the director’s chair is Shekhar Kapur, returning to cinema after a lengthy absence – his last full feature was Elizabeth: The Golden Age in 2007, followed by a segment, the year after, in the portmanteau picture New York, I Love You . In the intervening period, he has directed a documentary and several episodes of the television drama series, Will . Kapur’s return to cinema, with a project which was scripted by Jemima Khan, is unlikely to match the critical success of Elizabeth , but it could connect with an audience starved of sharply-written romantic fare.

A peppy turn from Lily James as Zoe, a documentary maker on the hunt for a killer project, is one of the picture’s main assets. She’s a cynic about romance, her dreams downgraded by the fact that all the princes she has kissed so far have turned out to be amphibians. In a cute recurring device, Zoe customises the bedtime stories she tells her best friend’s two daughters to reflect her own romantic misadventures. “Snow White was sad. She ate the poisoned apple on purpose.”

Having failed repeatedly to date anyone remotely pleasant, she is intrigued by the news that her next door neighbour is opting for a more traditional approach, and is abot to enter into an arranged (or assisted, in contemporary parlance) marriage with a bride from Lahore, Pakistan. Kaz (Latif), an oncology doctor and secret smoker,  is resistant to the idea of having his marriage turned into a documentary – an idea jumped on by TV commissioners hoping for a “My Big Fat Aranged Marriage” hit – but is persuaded when Zoe argues that at least they will get to hang out together.

In the background, spouting a near continuous stream of accidental racism, is Zoe’s mum Cath. In the role, Emma Thompson wrings every last drop of mortifying comedy from excruciating lines like “So wonderfully exotic!” as she swirls around in her salwar kameez at Kaz’s older brother’s wedding party. At the same time, the film is not above chucking in the odd dance routine and milking the wedding pageantry, which is all very jolly but feels like a slightly performative and decorative depiction of Pakistani cultural customs.

As Zoe observes Kaz’s journey, she begins to question her own assumptions and confront some uncomfortable truths about her dismal dating history; although it should be said that there’s little correspondence between Zoe’s wildly haphazard camerawork and the footage that we finally view. The film’s authenticity comes not so much from the parties and celebration, and certainly not from the documentary device, but from the emotional connection between Kaz and Zoe; the way he leans slightly towards her as he translates the words of a traditional love song, the brief loaded pause when their eyes lock.

Production companies: Studiocanal, Working Title Films, Instinct Productions

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Producers: Nicky Kentish Barnes, Jemima Khan, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner

Screenplay: Jemima Khan

Cinematography: Remi Adefarasin

Production design: Simon Elliott

Editing: Guy Bensley, Nick Moore

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Main cast: Lily James, Shazad Latif, Shabana Azmi, Emma Thompson, Sajal Aly, Asim Chaudhry, Jeff Mirza

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Tina Turner is initially seen as naive, dependent, and easily taken advantage of. Over the course of the film, she learns self-determination, wisdom, and acquires great courage and faith. There are no main male characters seen in a positive light. Ike Turner and his cronies are self-promoting, insensitive, disloyal, sex-obsessed and misogynistic. Ike, himself, is a consistent heel, never able to conquer the demons that make him violent, cruel, and self-destructive.

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Frequent use of coarse, sexual language, usually uttered in anger and with the intent to insult and degrade. Many forms of "f--k," including "motherf--k," "s--t," "ass," "Goddamn," and numerous instances of racial slurs, including the "N" word.

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Coca Cola, Lux soap, Trailways buses, Fairmont Hotel, Ramada Inn, A & P Markets.

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Continuous drinking and smoking throughout. Characters hold bottles of beer, shots, mixed drinks and cigarettes or cigars in clubs, at parties, during musical recording sessions, relaxing at home, et al. Cocaine abuse is seen to add fuel to Ike Turner's increasingly violent and erratic behavior. Tina Turner attempts suicide using pills.

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Parents need to know that this adult movie about an iconic musical star and her abusive husband-partner is violent, sexual, and filled with obscenities, alcohol, and drug-induced behavior. A husband graphically terrorizes and brutalizes his pliant, forgiving wife in many scenes (including an extended rape sequence). The bloody aftermaths pile up until she attempts suicide and then even beyond that. Characters drink, smoke, use cocaine, and swear (continuous use of "f--k," in many forms, as well as some racial slurs and other coarse language). There is also consensual sexual behavior, with a long passionate love scene between the two leads which includes implied intercourse and some partial male nudity. The musical performances are faithful to the Tina Turner imprint, with lots of sexy clothing and exuberantly sensual dancing. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails .

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What's the story.

Naive and damaged by her mother's abandonment, the enormously talented Anna Mae Bullock, still in her teens, meets Ike Turner, a slick, manipulative local rock star in St. Louis. He takes control of her unusual voice, exuberant style, and incredible energy and turns her into Tina Turner, a rising international star with "The Ike and Tina Turner Revue." But trouble, in the form of Ike's volatile personality and increasing substance abuse, nearly costs Tina her sanity, her safety, and finally, her life.

Is It Any Good?

This movie is fueled by dazzling performances from both Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne . What's more, it's shot by director Brian Gibson with extraordinary faithfulness to the style and substance of Tina Turner's greatest hits and stage moments (both with her husband and on her own). This is a two-hour journey from the lowest lows -- many graphically brutal scenes with the unrepentant Svengali that was Ike Turner -- to the highest highs -- the fantastic Bassett re-creating Tina's iconic performances with her own astonishing versatility. The voice is always original Tina, but Fishburne's rendition of the Ike Turner sound is more than credible. The soaring talent nearly destroyed by adversity and victimhood is a familiar story, but when combined with the unique sound, style and persona that is Tina Turner, and the commitment of the two stars, it's a thoroughly engrossing film.

Talk to Your Kids About ...

Families can talk about the harm caused in family relationships by drug and alcohol abuse. Do you think movies like this glamorize the behavior or act as cautionary tales ?

Tina Turner was the victim of horrendous spousal abuse. Incidents of teen relationship abuse are known to exist as well. What resources are available in your school or community for these victims?

Musical biographical films often have a number of issues in common (i.e. alcohol, drugs, unstable relationships). What do you think might contribute to the behavior in that very special world?

Movie Details

  • In theaters : June 9, 1993
  • On DVD or streaming : August 24, 1999
  • Cast : Angela Bassett , Laurence Fishburne , Vanessa Bell Calloway
  • Director : Brian Gibson
  • Inclusion Information : Female actors, Black actors
  • Studio : Touchstone Pictures
  • Genre : Drama
  • Run time : 118 minutes
  • MPAA rating : R
  • MPAA explanation : domestic violence, strong language, drug use and some sensuality
  • Last updated : March 3, 2024

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Movie Review – What’s Love Got to Do with It? (2022)

February 22, 2023 by Olly Dyche

What’s Love Got to Do with It? , 2022.

Directed by Shekhar Kapur. Starring Lily James, Shazad Latif, Shabana Azmi, Sajal Aly, Emma Thompson, Asim Chaudhry, Jeff Mirza, Mim Shaikh, Iman Boujelouah, Mariam Haque, and Sindhu Vee.

For documentary-maker and dating app addict Zoe (Lily James), swiping right has only delivered an endless stream of Mr Wrongs, to her eccentric mother Cath’s (Emma Thompson) dismay. For Zoe’s childhood friend and neighbour Kaz (Shazad Latif), the answer is to follow his parents’ example and opt for an arranged (or “assisted”) marriage to a bright and beautiful bride from Pakistan. As Zoe films his hopeful journey from London to Lahore to marry a stranger, chosen by his parents, she begins to wonder if she might have something to learn from a profoundly different approach to finding love.

By now, many of us are sick to death of rom-coms that follow the same formula. This is mostly thanks to Netflix essentially beating the subgenre to death, as the streaming service constantly pumps out needless and plainly irritating offerings that often lack both romance and humour. So, when a good rom-com releases, it certainly deserves a lot of love. 

Working Title returns to its beloved roots in the form of What’s Love Got to Do with It? , which follows Zoe (Lily James), a woman who decides to film her neighbor and best friend Kazim’s (Shazad Latif) arranged marriage for a documentary on the process and modernization of arranged weddings in Muslim culture. The result is a hilarious, beautiful and traditional cross cultural rom-com that feels more in line with classics like Notting Hill and Bridget Jones  then any infuriating Netflix outing. 

What’s Love Got to Do with It? certainly doesn’t shy away from delving into the genre tropes we have all grown accustomed to, which is to some degree to the movie’s credit. The movie is predictable from the get go, like any rom-com really, but it uses these tropes to allow audiences to turn their brains off and enjoy an highly entertaining film.

The story is beautiful, but it’s far from perfect. What’s Love Got to Do with It? showcases the process of arranged marriages, the benefits, as well as the downfalls. Likewise, the movie shows the beauty of Muslim culture, presenting glamorous events, loving families and communities, and their beautiful traditions, as well as the cross-cultured contrasted views on love and relationships. 

Kazim’s plan on the arranged marriage derives from his parents’ happiness, a type of relationship he aspires to be in. And after attempting to find love on his own, which has failed so miserably in the past  he has now resorted to an arranged marriage. Contrast that with Zoe’s love life, who has dealt with cheats, and men who have broken her heart and those around her, tarnishing her image of men and relationships. She is, however, thriving for her independence, which is of course very admiring. Yet, when she finds a really sweet, charming and caring guy, Zoe reveals that he is just a safe backup, which of course doesn’t work out great between the two. These opposing views on love, tradition, family and relationship are what drive the film, providing a compelling story with some great thematic messaging to go along with it.

Arguably, the movie’s best asset comes in the form of its brilliant cast. Lily James and Shazad Latif are endearing as the two leads, who both share some truly infectious chemistry every time they are on screen. But it’s the movie’s supporting cast where the film shines. Asim Chaudry’s small role was delightful and uproarious, yet the film’s shining star is of course Emma Thompson. She is as always fantastic, but her role in What’s Love Got to Do with It? has to be her funniest role to date, delivering perfect comedic timing, beat after beat. No joke or mannerism falls flat, due to her tremendous charm and caliber as an actress.

Thompson rightfully steals every scene she is in, even if she appears in the background, her subtle facial expressions are enough to have you curled up on the floor crying with laughter. As hilarious as she is in the movie, Thompson also gets some heartwarming moments with her daughter Zoe, spewing out many inspiring words of wisdom. It’s safe to say that without Thompson What’s Love Got to Do with It? just wouldn’t be the same.

Perhaps the movie’s biggest downfall, besides falling into genre stereotypes, is the runtime. Yes, it’s only 110 minutes, but the movie’s pacing towards the end of the movie is very uneven, making things drag a little at the end. The movie ends up overstaying its welcome before immediately rolling to credits, which was also in itself a little jarring. 

All in all, What’s Love Got to Do with It? is a fantastic cross cultural rom-com that helps bring a new, yet familiar light to a tired genre. Its cast is delightful, with Emma Thompson as always stealing the show. The humor is uproarious and the story and its themes are beautiful, but certainly not perfect, wrapping up a little too quickly with an uneven pace towards the end.

Flickering Myth Rating – Film: ★ ★ ★ ★  / Movie: ★ ★ ★ ★

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