"Sister Pride and Prejudice"
What You Need To Know:
POLITE SOCIETY is a funny, sometimes hilarious, well-acted movie, but it takes a few crazy twists leading to some outrageous martial arts fights. Also, the movie has a Romantic worldview and is filled with PG-13 foul language. There’s also some other objectionable content. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution. However, the teenage protagonist in POLITE SOCIETY is motivated by the love she has for her older sister.
POLITE SOCIETY is an action comedy from Britain about a teenage girl from a Pakistani Muslim family who’s worried about her older sister’s upcoming marriage to a handsome, wealthy Pakistani doctor because she smells something fishy about the man and his overbearing mother. POLITE SOCIETY is a funny, sometimes hilarious, well-acted movie that borrows some things from Jane Austen novels, but it takes a few crazy twists leading to some outrageous martial arts fights, has a Romantic worldview and is filled with PG-13 foul language.
Ria is a high school student who wants to be a stuntwoman and takes martial arts classes. Her older sister, Lena, wanted to be an artist, but she quit art school when she decided she isn’t very good. Now, she just mopes in her room. Even so, Lena tries to encourage Ria in her dream and even helps her make martial arts videos for Ria’s social media channel.
Meanwhile, Ria gets into a major fight at school with a bigger girl. She tries the major kick flip she’s been practicing but falls on her face. Everyone laughs.
Later, Ria becomes upset when Lena starts going out with Salim, a handsome rich young doctor with an overbearing mother. She gets even more upset when it looks like Ria and Salim are falling in love. Then, she gets absolutely furious when they get engaged, and she learns that Salim and his mother are going to leave America and take Lena with them to live in Singapore.
So, Ria decides to sabotage their wedding plans. Then, when she and her two friends fail to find any dirt on Salim, Ria decides to frame him. However, her plan goes awry, and her parents ground her.
Ria gives up and resigns herself to the marriage, though she’s still sad and upset about her sister moving to Singapore. However, she accidentally discovers that the plans Salim and his mother have for Lena are much worse than she imagined. Can she and her friends save her sister from their dastardly plans?
POLITE SOCIETY is a funny, sometimes hilarious, action comedy. Priya Kansara is delightful as the younger sister. Her three friends and their classmates are a hoot. Ritu Arya is great as the older sister. The story takes some crazy, strange twists, however. The strangest one is a scene in the middle where the two sisters get into a terrible fight. The fight is too tough and nearly destroys the comical tone the movie has built up in its first half. For example, the older sister takes her younger sister’s head and smashes it three times into the glass of a wall photo.
POLITE SOCIETY has a strong Romantic worldview with some feminist elements. For example, the movie’s main message is that girls and young women should not give up on their personal dreams. Also, it says that career is more important than getting married, which is not true. That said, the movie sometimes treats these issues in a comical manner. For example, there’s a funny scene where Ria and her two friends get emotionally overwrought about Lena’s situation and shout against “the patriarchy.” In another funny scene, Ria’s father describes the benefits of Lena marrying Salim as if he’s talking about a financial deal or a business contact. The movie’s plot also counteracts these themes by revealing that Salim’s overbearing mother is a domineering matriarch who’s out of control. Ultimately, Ria and her female friends must stop this evil matriarch in order to save Ria’s sister.
Some of the characters in POLITE SOCIETY make references to Allah, the Muslim god. This happens most strongly in a scene where Ria and Lena’s mother visits with her friends in a restaurant. The women are discussing what a wonderful catch Salim will make for one of their daughters. Several times, the women mention the Arabic term for the phrase “God willing” which is fatalism in Islam, unlike the relationship in Christianity. In another scene, however, Ria’s white girlfriend prays briefly to the “Heavenly Father” to give her strength.
Finally, POLITE SOCIETY has slightly more than 40 obscenities, including many “s” words and one “f” word. There’s also one strong Jesus profanity, nine light profanities and some lighter vulgarities. The movie also has an implied sleepover scene between the engaged couple, some lewd dialogue and references to female menstruation. Also, a men’s locker room scene contains some rear male nudity.
All in all, therefore, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.
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