Join the discussion – Question 1

What’s Love Got to Do with It? highlights the positives and some of the downsides of arranged marriage. After watching the film, would you prefer to avoid the rigamarole of dating and jump to an arranged marriage or dive into the dating app scene? Are there any similarities between the two? 

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    Aaron Spears

    This film is a wonderful example of the type of rom-com that Hollywood seems to have stopped making. A mid-budget, feel-good, will they/won’t they romance with a solid cast of supporting characters that populate a realistic world. Strong Nora Ephron vibes, but with a modern twist.

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    Old lady

    I married my husband after dating for two weeks. We have been together for 52 years. We had both divorced before this. I adored that you could divorce so easily with just a few words. Saves fights, lawyer fees, etc.. I have friends who were married by arrangement. They are all happily married. I think it is wonderful that people can choose either way. Good movie.

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    Liliya

    After watching the movie honestly i feel like I would rather go into the dating scene and spend time getting to know the person rather than jumping into an arranged marriage and marrying somebody that my parents want me to marry. That would lead to a lifelong full of unhappiness and miserable at the same time. I thought this movie was very interesting and it taught me a lot of good lessons.

More Book Discussion Questions

Think about the scene where Kaz (Sazad Latif) is on a first virtual date with Maymouna (Sajal Ali) and both of their families pop into the screen and start to answer questions for the two. Have you ever been in a similar situation? If not, how would you have handled that scenario? As the film progresses it becomes apparent that regardless of cultural background parents play a major role in their children’s dating life. For instance, Zoe’s (Lily James) mom Cath (Emma Thompson) continued to push James (Oliver Chris) and Zoe together. Discuss the ways culture plays into how parents intervene in their children’s dating life (i.e. arranged marriage vs. pushy parent). Throughout the film Kaz (Sazad Latif), Maymouna (Sajal Ali), and even Zoe (Lily James) hide their true feelings and actions to fall in line with what is expected of them. Do you think it is worth it to follow cultural norms at the expense of your own happiness? Have your own feelings about that changed over the years? There is a point towards the end of the film where Zoe (Lily James) begins to settle for “good enough” in her dating life rather than continue to put herself out there to find the “real thing.” Would you have handled this in the same way as Zoe or behaved differently? Why? The Pakistani culture is highlighted beautifully in this film. Does this spur questions or thoughts within you about your culture or upbringing? What did you like best about the film? Why? What did you like least about the film? Why? If you had a chance to ask a character in this movie a question, what would it be? If you had a chance to ask the screenwriter a question, what would it be?

3 thoughts on “Join the discussion – Question 1

  1. This film is a wonderful example of the type of rom-com that Hollywood seems to have stopped making. A mid-budget, feel-good, will they/won’t they romance with a solid cast of supporting characters that populate a realistic world. Strong Nora Ephron vibes, but with a modern twist.

  2. I married my husband after dating for two weeks. We have been together for 52 years. We had both divorced before this. I adored that you could divorce so easily with just a few words. Saves fights, lawyer fees, etc.. I have friends who were married by arrangement. They are all happily married. I think it is wonderful that people can choose either way. Good movie.

  3. After watching the movie honestly i feel like I would rather go into the dating scene and spend time getting to know the person rather than jumping into an arranged marriage and marrying somebody that my parents want me to marry. That would lead to a lifelong full of unhappiness and miserable at the same time. I thought this movie was very interesting and it taught me a lot of good lessons.

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