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Light entertainment but nothing more than that
16 November 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Yara El-Sherbini is an artist and sometime quiz master in pubs. However to many Muslims the pub and club option is not one that can be pursued, leaving them at a real disadvantage when it comes to socialising and meeting. As a result, Adeem and his hot wife set up the website as a networking tool which has 90% of its membership from the UK. This film follows two members of website, Maqsood, divorced from his arranged marriage and with a young son and Sarvet, looking for her second husband and not have the huge fuss made of the first one.

Screened as part of the BBC's efforts during Ramadan 2007, this film uses the Muslim dating website as a way of exploring the modern nature of relationships within the community. The way it does this is very much light entertainment rather than a serious documentary on the subject. This is all well and good if you accept it on this level but for me I struggled to see the point of it existing (I don't mean to sound so harsh but there we are). Running at a very lean twenty or so minutes, this film follows two people looking for a partner. In doing this it is vaguely interesting in regards the particulars of Maqsood (Max) and Sarvet and to understand where they are coming from.

Beyond this though, there is not a lot of substance or value as the film doesn't really follow through on the opening narration talking generally about modern Muslim relationships. It is a shame because I did wonder how it differed from the rest of us (regardless of race or religion – many of us around the same age as Maqsood and Sarvet struggle to meet people in pubs and clubs) and also understand how religion does limit the ability to meet partners away from the arranged marriages.

Sadly it doesn't get into any of this and it stays on nice safe light entertainment ground throughout. Distracting but not worth making any effort to seek out.

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