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Ali's Wedding (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Ali's Wedding uses its very specific setting to explore universal ideas about relationships -- and in delightfully smart, funny fashion.

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After a reckless lie sets off a catastrophic chain of events, Ali, the son of a Muslim cleric, finds himself caught between his sense of duty to his family and following his heart. Based on real events, Ali's Wedding is an irreverent, warm-hearted comedy, and an affectionate and vivid portrait of Islamic life in Australia.

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Cast

Don Hany
as Mahdi
Ryan Corr
as Wazza
Asal Shenavehzadeh
as Ramona Albasri
Rodney Afif
as Haj Karim
Ghazi Alkinani
as Abu Faisal
Majid Shokor
as Sayyed Ghaffar
Geneviève Picot
as Magistrate Cummings
Shahin Shafaei
as Entezami Officer
Rohan Nichol
as Marcos Diaz
Lliam Murphy
as Michael
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Critic Reviews for Ali's Wedding

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (5)

Much of the film's success is down to [Osamah] Sami's winning performance. He's completely charming as a more nerdy version of himself and he gets good comic support.

February 9, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Ali's Wedding neatly strips away the solemnity enveloping that lead balloon of a word "multiculturalism." There's a joyously comic lack of inhibition here and, even better, we're told it's largely a true story.

August 30, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This is a film in which you will hear a letter read aloud, with a voice-over saying the words "you dared to dream", delivered without irony. It is, as they say, what it is.

August 30, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

I don't know why the release of this lovely film has been delayed so long (I saw it in Adelaide in October last year) but it's worth the wait.

August 25, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Walker's debut mines rapid-fire laughs and bountiful heart from a story of romantic misadventure set in train by a young man desperate to live up to his father's expectations.

June 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Boosted by goofy humour, Sami embraces rom-com tropes including a mad dash to the airport, playfully mucking around with Muslim stereotypes in the way only an insider can.

August 19, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ali's Wedding

'Ali's Wedding' is the most unique and heartfelt Australian film, I've seen all year. A domestic centered story about an Australian Muslim living such a comfortable urban lifestyle he himself is even thinking about revoking what his family or even his own customs may actually expect of him to a point the film's plotting takes so many drastic twists and turns you can't help but admire this film for what it really is, 'a personal life story'. This also touches upon how the Urban Australian Muslims should be presented, when their lives are no different to us local folk, but their traditions and cultural customs are fascinating. The real heart of the story however is Osamah Sami's main character whose such a relatable underdog he's created something great alongside director Jeffery Walker, an incredible Australian story, with enough wit and humour to combat it's cultural subject matter accustomed to the majority of the characters and premise. All in all, we have a charming heartfelt and hilarious film that's more than likely to be one of the most talked about local films of the year, highly recommended for all to see.

Luke Eberhardt
Luke Eberhardt

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