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Film Review

Wedding Season

Directed by Tom Dey
From: Netflix
Released: 08.04.22
Review by idobi Staff | August 3, 2022 at 6:00 PM

idobi Votes: B – Sherin Nicole | B – Alex Bear

Asha (Pallavi Sharda) is just trying to live her best life. She quit her stable banking job for a career she’s passionate about, she broke off her engagement, and she’s soooo over searching for “the one.” Unfortunately for her, wedding season has once again crept up behind her to smack her over the head with a chair (and the aunties are all cheering for a knockout). So, when Asha’s mother decides to take matters into her own hands and find her daughter the perfect match, Asha freaks out and does the only thing she can think to do: Meet the guy for lunch just to stop the nagging.

Enter: Ravi (Suraj Sharma), a charming startupper who left a lucrative job and spends his time DJing. He experiences a total slow-motion starry-eyed moment when he sees Asha but he quickly learns she ain’t here for marriage. Or being polite. She Is Rude. At first. Ravi isn’t interested either—after her behavior during their not-meet-cute. Still, they later bond over parental expectations, career dreams, and a need to stop the aunties from talking. So they decide to fake-date, just to keep everyone happy. And you know what happens with that classic rom-com trope, right?

Photo: Ken Woroner/Netflix © 2022

Just like the other “greeting card” romances you love, it’s not a matter of “if” but “when” the two leads will get together and Wedding Season has a lot of fun dancing its way there. As they attend a summer’s worth of gorgeous weddings, we get to watch Asha and Ravi fall for each other, while they work through their illusions and their insecurities. It’s hard not to ship them when their chemistry is so natural. And you’ll smile (and roll your eyes) at how much you’ll resonate with how well they dodge the invasive but well-meaning questions about their future nuptials & nurseries (seriously, can’t the aunties talk about anything else?). 

Of course, while Asha and Ravi are both lying about being in love—basically faking it until they make it—the plot still follows the trend. One of them gets irrationally angry about the other one taking too long to reveal the history of their entire life. It seems that honesty is only honesty when it’s time for the inevitable rom-com breakup. And yet Wedding Season is like watching two people in love get married, you sigh a lot, you smile at the other people in the room, and you get swoony for two enjoyable hours.

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