Directed by: Nida Manzoor
UK, 2023, 103m
Ria Khan believes she’s no ordinary British-Pakistani teenager. A London schoolgirl and tireless martial-artist-in-training, she is determined to become a world-renowned stuntwoman. But she feels betrayed when her big sister, Lena, drops out of art school, starts dating Salim—the charming, wealthy son of the prominent Shah family—and announces, after barely a month, that they plan to marry and move to Singapore. How could Lena abandon her artistic dreams to become some trophy wife? But Ria soon realizes that something isn’t quite right, leaving her no choice but to enlist her two best mates in a daring and outrageous plot to wreck the wedding. The wickedly funny, endlessly exuberant feature debut of Nida Manzoor (We Are Lady Parts), Polite Society is an irresistible tale of sisterhood and an anarchic mashup of genres, including action-comedy, heist thriller, kung-fu flick, Bollywood musical, social horror, and coming-of-age. Bursting with playful energy and set to a killer soundtrack, it is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser that attacks adolescent fears in the most fun and riotous way possible.