Okay, before I start my rant about Four Weddings And A Funeral (2019), I did finish this show to its end, though I have mixed feelings about it.
These are what kept me going on despite my consistent urge to drop it at any episode:
- Kash and Maya first meet. It’s cute and simple, and I like that they bonded over Mamma Mia!.
- The family dynamic of Kash, Baba, and Asif.
- His friendship with Bash.
- Kash and Craig as office buddies.
- Bash and Fatima’s granny casual exchanges, and how she quickly found her footings on Bash. It’s a cute little plot twist.
- Gemma and her husband’s understated affection for each other. I love seeing how he consoled her when she felt out of the picture during her friendship with Ainsley. But sadly, that was also the last time he did that. I can’t tell you further without spoiling it, though.
- Gemma and Giles, her son, bonding after what happened. She’s always anxious and cathartic. It’s only after Giles went home that she started to feel conscious of herself as a mother, and that she wanted to do better for the sake of Giles.
- On earlier episodes, Craig revealed to Maya his biggest secret and he opted not to tell Zara, his fiancé, because he thought she wouldn’t understand. During these moments, I really adore Craig and Maya’s friendship and would love to see more of them trying to figure out things like this. And well of course, I get very little of that.
- Maya and her friend or foe dynamic with Marcus, her co-worker, is the only ‘fun’ things about the show. Marcus always wanted to get to the good end of Andrew, a member of the UK parliament and both of their boss, and he always kicks her aside in order to achieve this. I could see a potential romance blossoming since they got the chemistry, as pointed by Ainsley, but they’re just as good as frenemies too.
- And of course, what could it be without including Andrew, Maya, and Marcus hijinks in the office. I love it when they debate, how Maya was always on the other side about any issue, and how Marcus always kissed up to Andrew, or how when placed in the same room, the three of them, most of the time, would get at each other’s throats.
Now I’m gonna talk about some of the potentials this show has, which didn’t bounce there.
I knew from day 1 that Kash and Maya were meant for each other. From his scoffs when hearing her complaints about her switched baggage to Baba (Kash’s dad, works on the airport), and how she responded to his scoffs with a snarky remark, I could already see the sparks on the air. Seeing them interacting with each other gave me sweets, and when they have to parted after she found her bag (he helped too, ofc), I felt that as a viewer, I already parted too fast with their on-screen relationship.
After this is a series of unrequited feelings, as what wouldn’t be a drama, if the boyfriend Ainsley happened to date is Kash, and that Maya is already infatuated with him as well.
I understand that the show wants to establish the American guys friendship as rock strong and unbreakable at all cost, but it felt superficial more than anything. I can say this, because most of the time when they talk, I couldn’t believe their connection at all. So when Maya chose her friendship over her growing feelings for Kash, I just couldn’t quite process it.
If they’re going to sell me the Kash-Maya couple, they shouldn’t have shown the two giving up before even trying, or Maya being undecided and said yes to Duffy’s advances, because she just comes off as cheap to me. I don’t know, maybe because I saw her a determined person, but when she chose this route instead of facing her doubts, which is, Kash, obviously, it just felt out of character of her. She came as two different characters, one that was a strong and fierce person, and the other is of a weak and submissive friend who couldn’t even voice her own thoughts and concerns just because she loves Ainsley. I found that to be unbelievable, because Ainsley forced all her friends to strike Kash off from their lives. Ainsley’s act is of that a ‘sabotaging’, and I can’t stand a character like her, ever. Just because you hate a person, does that mean everyone else should also hate that person? Well, that’s your problem, not anyone else. I hate the fact that no one ever calls her on this bs… Except for the last episode, I think?
I was looking forward to their friendship, but it doomed on me as soon as the four of them hangs out together. It’s built on a series of misunderstanding and quick assumptions (that are, 90%, FUXKING WRONGS), and it sickens me every time one says something and the other party felt hurt, leaving the convo. This had happened so many times, and I’m not sure I only dreaded over this because I’ve long been an absentee of UK and US TV shows that it’s a common trope and I’m just not used to it anymore, since I mainly go over to KDramas for now.
I thought I should approach this in mind that because they know each other too much, it only makes sense for them to leave the running conversation every time they’re triggered. I found their friendship to be weird and unconvincing? And if there is one character I felt fully out of the equation, it’s Duffy. I don’t know if it’s the actor or the script, I just don’t like him at all. His presence, or when he talked to Maya, or whatever, I just don’t want to see him anywhere near my screen. Sucks because the more the merrier, right?
I don’t have much about the couples in general, as to me, they’re fine on their own, I guess. But, because Maya is the central character here, I found her relationship with the male contenders to be the most unsatisfying.
Kash reasoning of calling off his wedding with Ainsley also felt less honest than it would be? He didn’t seem to be happy with Ainsley, and when he first met Maya, he already felt ‘something’ for her. I think Maya is the trigger, but he use the excuse of ‘not being on the same ground’ when apologizing to Ainsley weeks later after the tragedy. There comes one last moment where Ainsley asked him again, and his answer sounded like a lie. At that moment, I thought to myself, ‘Wait, did you just lie to me? Did you think I was stupid not to know that the reason you did this, is because you already felt attracted to her the moment you saw her, and it only further fuels your decision to end your marriage?’. He instead told Ainsley that all his life, he always did what other people wanted him to do. In that sense, his musings for Maya just felt artificial because he didn’t completely brought that up when asked about his feelings, despite the bad blood the three of them had because of this affair.
I just wanted him to go upfront and tells Ainsley,
“You want to hear my honest reason? Well, here it is. My meeting with Maya is what awakens me from this long dream, that she might be just the one. Sorry if this comes as rude, like REALLY rude, but I just can’t. I already owed so much to myself for at least, just once, do what I WANT to do, not what others dictate me so. For the first time after I called off our marriage, I felt free. For the first time ever, you made me genuinely happy. I know, I should have been clean with you from day 1. But I thought, ‘hey, maybe it would get better? Maybe I will get to love her more with time’, which of course, never happen. This is my dirty, and honest secret. Yes, I’m a irresponsible man and a jerk you can curse all your life, but I’m doing what I can with what I got. And never, have I regret this decision, not even once.
You are a great person, with lovely personality, and no one would ever reject your company. I just happen to be the kind of man who are not ready for you. For your wholesomeness. You spread happiness, wherever you go, and you even got a man who’s very much into you, a zillion times better companion than me. You being hateful of me is not weak, you trying to keep me off your circle isn’t petty, it’s just you, being humane.
But I ask you this. Never have I, at once, started my relationship with Maya behind your back. We only got close recently, and Maya truly respect you as a person, and a great friend. So don’t do this to her. She deserved all the happiness she could get, but me- well, hate me all you want. You can even curse me in my funeral. But don’t burn your friendship with her.”
Well it’s fxking wordy, and there are better ways to address his stand, but this is the best I can do.
Okay, that’s the end of my rant!
I gave this show a petty 6.9/10, because it could be better. And as I watched the 4th episode, I was curious about the original movie this was based on, and of course, I have a clashing impression of the two. I love the movie, a classic, but this show is on a whole different vibe.
The original is amazing for its believable portrayal of the friendship and the comedy, with an endearing casts, but the show is the contrary, though it has a few elements I found endearing as well as I’ve noted in my bullet list. I don’t sense Hugh Grant and Andie Macdowell’s chemistry and I found their romance to be lackluster, but I do enjoy what the movie offered in general, the merriness of marriage celebration, and what happens you met the right person. It’s lovely, and I wish this show could capture the warmth and beauty of the movie’s portrayal of friendship, because I could ignore the romance as long as the main casts have strong emotional bonds with each other, which I found to be hardly convincing in the show’s case.
Regardless, I do recommend this show if you want to watch a story about friendship, family, and romance. On a side note, I would recommend it less if you want a genuine and warm portrayal of friendship, family, and romance. Ha, see what I did there? 😉