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Starring: Lily James, Emma Thompson, Sajal Ali, Shazad Latif, Rob Brydon, Shabana Azmi, Asim Chaudhry
Romantic comedy directed by Shekhar Kapur. What’s Love Got to Do with It? (2022) follows documentary-maker Zoe (Lily James), who is a dating app addict, but 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 Kazim (Shazad Latif), the answer is to follow his parents example and opt for an arranged 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.
We’ll add the best quotes once the movie is released and we’ve had a chance to watch it, but for now, here’s a small selection.
Cath: [referring to the Khans] I’ve been very lucky to have them as neighbors. Actually, they’ve become like family to me since your father left for that teenaged whore.
Zoe: She’s thirty-five.
Cath: Oh, is that Grinder? Anyone we should meet?
Kazim: I’m getting married.
Zoe: You are? Who’s the lucky lady?
Kazim: I don’t know yet.
Zoe: What do you mean?
Kazim: I’m getting an arranged marriage. Well, “assisted” marriage. That’s what we call it these days.
Zoe: Dare I ask, what about love?
Kazim: You grow to love the person you’re with.
Zoe: What, like Stockholm Syndrome?
Olly: So, your ideas for your next film
Zoe: I could follow my childhood friend to marry a stranger chosen by his parents.
Work Colleague: “My Big Fat Arranged Wedding”.
Olly: “Meet the Parents First”.
Zoe: “Love Contractually”.
Mo: Mo here. Mo the Matchmaker.
Kazim: No photos?
Mo: No. No photos yet. You’re thinking with your lo-lo. You need to be thinking with your no-no. Okay?
Mo: [to Kazim] What’s your education, bro?
Aisha Khan: He’s a doctor.
Mo: Ooph. Well, now this is top of the food chain.
Mo: [to Kazim] And any vices I should know about? Drinking? Smoking? Dogging?
Zahid Khan: No dogs. No pets.
Mo: No, no. Dogging means something… Don’t worry.
Zahid Khan: Cats are okay.
Kazim: I got news. I got engaged.
Zoe: Wait. What?
Kazim: I really like her.
Zoe: [to Kazim] Love at first Skype?
Kazim: [to Zoya, over Skype] How do you feel about possibly moving to London?
Zoya’s Mother: She’s fine with it.
Zahid Khan: It’s a very multicultural place.
Kazim’s Grandmother: [in Urdu] It’s like living in a giant brothel.
Zoe: [to Kazim] Are you still fully signed up to this?
Kazim: [to Zoe] You all forget, I’ve seen it work. Maybe you should focus on your own choices. You actively search out anyone who is wrong.
Cath: [to Zoe] No one can get close to you.
Zoe: [to Cath] Am I just half a person when I’m not with a man? Is that what you think?
Aisha Khan: [to Kazim] You know why the prophet said, “Paradise lies at the mother’s feet?” There is no love greater than a mother’s love for her child. Your happiness, it’s all that matters.
Cath: We all need other people. There’s no weakness in that.
Zoe: I used to think that I was scared of being with the wrong person. But now I realize that I’m scared of being with the right person.