Nida Manzoor’s multiple BAFTA award-winning We Are Lady Parts was very popular around here and for good reason. It was a blast, and like Ms. Marvel, it was a snapshot of family and culture that many of us never see. Now Manzoor’s back with Polite Society, coming first to Sundance and later to theaters. Ria Khan (Priya Kansara, The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself, Bridgerton) dreams of stuntwoman stardom and trains with the help of her sister, Lena (Ritu Arya, Red Notice and much more importantly Lila from The Umbrella Academy). When Ria gets a bad feeling about Lena’s upcoming marriage she vows to stop it with the help of her friends.
I love a fun movie above all others and this looks fun. A women-led action comedy with vibrant style, it reminds me of The Princess, only better. The supporting cast is solid too, with Ella Bruccoleri (Call the Midwife), Shobu Kapoor (EastEnders, A Discovery of Witches), and Nimra Bucha (Ms. Marvel) among them. I can’t wait to introduce this to my daughter.
Polite Society hits Sundance this week and theaters April 28. Expect to find my butt firmly planted in a seat opening weekend.