Crashing Eid

Crashing Eid

TV-14

netflix

A charming Saudi family dramedy about a modern couple and their traditional parents

7.3

TV Show

Arabic, English, urdu
Comedy
2023
Bateel Qamlo, Hamza Haq, Khalid Alharbi

TLDR

Hamza Haq and Summer Shesha are so charming together.

What it's about

Saudi divorcee Razan asks her British-Pakistani boyfriend Sameer to be her husband. She hopes to warm up her parents to the idea during their family’s Eid celebrations in Saudi, however, before she can do so, Sameer surprises them with a visit.

The take

As the world becomes more globalized, it’s possible for people to form relationships with people across the world, from different countries and cultures. Crashing Eid portrays an international couple that are both Muslim, but come from different countries – Razan is from Saudi Arabia, and Sameer is born and raised in Britain, but his parents come from Pakistan – and this difference keeps their parents from agreeing to the marriage. This Romeo-Juliet romance is familiar, but Crashing Eid feels fresh with its excellent balance between humor and drama, and its commitment to sincerely depicting their respective cultures. It plays safe at certain moments, but the lighthearted show isn’t afraid to portray its challenges, and it neatly does so within just four episodes.

What stands out

Intercultural relationships can be a difficult topic to portray on television, because it’s hard for a production company based in one country to sincerely portray cultures that aren’t their own. Crashing Eid does sidestep this issue by setting the entire story in Saudi Arabia, but that’s because the show focuses primarily on Razan and her family history. She’s not just dealing with trying to convince her parents to allow the marriage– she’s also dealing with her daughter reconnecting with her abusive ex-husband, as well as the way her mother tries to reconnect with the family she lost with her marriage. The show does love pointing out their cultural differences, but it mostly focuses on what’s universal, on the struggles any marriage would bring up. It makes it an empathetic depiction, and it’s still heartwarming enough to ensure that it’s not generic.

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