Politics of Love

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"The one about the black Republican"
  • NR
  • 2011
  • 1 hr 28 min
  • 3.1  (341)

Politics of Love is a 2011 romantic comedy film that revolves around the 2008 US presidential election. Directed by William Dear, the movie stars Brian White, Mallika Sherawat, and Loretta Devine. This movie blends an interesting mix of politics, romance, and comedy. The film primarily focuses on the story of Aretha Gupta (Mallika Sherawat), a young Indian American phone banker who is passionate about the Obama campaign. As the election nears, she leaves her unfulfilling job and moves to Los Angeles to join Obama's campaign team. She is quickly sucked into the world of politics, where she encounters the handsome and charming Kyle Franklin (Brian White), a staunch Republican, who is also a part of the campaign team for McCain. From here on, the film takes a quirky and humorous approach to capturing the events of the 2008 US presidential race.

What makes the movie stand out is its culturally diverse cast and the way it portrays the role of immigrants in American politics. Aretha's has to adjust to American political culture while embracing her Indian heritage. Brian White excellently plays the part of Kyle, initially coming across as a seasoned political strategist, but his character develops as the story progresses. Through the course of the movie, the very different Aretha and Kyle find themselves attracted to each other, leading to an unexpected and entertaining romantic subplot.

Loretta Devine shines in the role of the stern campaign director, Celia Jones, who helps guide Aretha in the world of politics. Amidst the fast-paced and sometimes cut-throat nature of the campaign, Celia tries to balance her no-nonsense approach with some gentle humor.

The film is littered with quirky and absurd events that are humorous and effective in turning the audience’s attention to the absurdity of politics. From Aretha being mistaken for an Indian call center operator by the Republicans to Kyle's and Aretha's nocturnal misadventures, Politics of Love is packed with laugh-out-loud moments.

One of the most significant advantages of the film is the way it handles the theme of political polarization by portraying it in a non-partisan way. Despite having characters affiliated with both political parties, the movie does not portray either side as villains but rather highlights their values and philosophies while emphasizing the importance of bridge-building between the different sides.

Additionally, the movie offers an eye-opening perspective on the lives of young immigrant women working in politics. Aretha's character is a symbol of the cultural differences and challenges faced by Indian Americans while navigating the political terrain in the United States. It portrays the challenges that come with being a woman and a minority in such a male-dominated industry and the manner in which Aretha breaks through stereotypical notions to create space for herself in the United States.

The movie's soundtrack plays a crucial role in its success, with a mix of English and Indian songs acting as an accompaniment to support the transition and the dichotomy of the characters. The soundtrack adds a unique flare that perfectly blends into the narrative.

Politics of Love is an entertaining romantic comedy that offers a fresh perspective on the role of immigrants in American politics. It is hilarious, witty, and well-acted, and ultimately leaves viewers with the message of happiness and unity across cultural, social, and political divides. It is a movie that is not afraid to be politically charged while still being able to make light of things, and it's a great watch for anyone looking for something off-kilter.

Politics of Love is a 2011 romance movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 28 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 3.1.

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    3.1  (341)