10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Cute, and promotes tolerance,
This review is from: Arranged (DVD)This movie is essentially a chick flick with an added theme. It involves two young female school teachers, an Orthodox Jew and a Syrian Muslim, who find that their conservative views significantly alienate them from the surrounding secular society. Because of this similarity, they form a bond, despite the obvious religious tension. The movie is a chick flick because the plot revolves around their parents trying to arrange marriages for them, a process that doesn't always go smoothly but concludes with a happy ending for both of them.
The added theme, of course, is the religious element. The movie doesn't really go into the issues involved in the Jew/Muslim conflict, but the implied suggestion is that there may be enough common ground to overcome differences and history. I don't know how realistic that message is, but I like the idea of promoting tolerance. Another interesting and unexpected aspect is that the Muslim family comes across as more liberal and tolerant than the Jewish family. Again, I don't know if this is realistic, but it's nice to see a portrayal of Muslims which challenges the ultra-conservative stereotype.
In the end, this isn't an overly deep or complex movie, but I like its positive and hopeful messages, and the acting is solid, so I recommend it -- and not just to chicks.