Polite Society Is A Blast Of A Martial Arts Comedy You Need To Get On Your 2023 Watchlist Immediately

Over the past week, the 2023 Sundance Film Festival has unveiled a ton of solid movies from independent Filmmakers we’ve been putting on your radar, from Daisy Ridley’s dark comedy Sometimes I Think About Dying Thu Jonathan Majors’ intense bodybuilding movie. But the strongest I’ve seen thus far doesn’t center on a performance from a big Hollywood name. Nida Manzoor’s feature debut, Polite Societythrives on a blast of a concept and execution that will have me recommending it throughout 2023 to others.

Where do I even begin? Imagine the energy of modern classic Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, except it’s a coming-of-age Comedy about a British-Pakistani teen who simultaneously has Dreams to be a stuntwoman and needs to Hatch a plan to make sure her older sister doesn’t marry the wrong man. It could have been over-the-top ridiculous in another filmmaker’s hands, but writer/director Manzoor Nails a tone that weaves its way through a ton of fun and heartfelt Moments that I think will connect with a lot of moviegoers once it hits theaters.

The 2023 movie release follows Ria Khan (Priya Kansara), who is determined to make her dream come true to become a stuntwoman despite many of her classmates not believing in her. She takes to YouTube to show off her stunts with the help of her older sister Lena (Ritu Arya), who has just dropped out of art school. However, when Lena decides to push aside her dream and take a left turn with really quick marriage plans, Ria puts her focus on hatching a plan with her two best friends to investigate her future in-laws.

Polite Society Burger scene

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Throughout Polite Society, I thought I had it pegged. Some of the plot points certainly echo those of other family-centered comedies at first, but as the story unfolded, it just kept throwing me for a loop in the best way. Along with it being a really sweet story about the strength of sisterhood, it’s riddled with a ton of clever stunt scenes that absolutely slay, sometimes even better than a somewhat comparable story, like Ms. Marvel.

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