Cover image of the film "What's Love Go to Do With It?" with Big Movie Watch logo and #bigmoviewatch

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Now streaming on a device near you: "What’s Love Got to Do With It?", via Big Movie Watch, a new Kanopy film club


Feb 01, 2024

How do you find true love in today’s world? When swiping right leads to nothing but Mr. Wrong, Zoe, a documentary filmmaker, decides to capture her best friend’s journey into an assisted marriage in line with his family’s Pakistani heritage—and in the process discovers a new perspective on the quest for love.

What's Love Got to Do With It?Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this heartwarming romantic comedy starring Mim Shaikh, Iman Boujelouah, Lily James and Emma Thompson is What’s Love Got to Do With It? from Shout Studios! and it’s available to watch for free starting Feb. 5 through the new Kanopy film club, Big Movie Watch.

Released in 2022, this charming love story is full of heart, and the chemistry of the lead actors (themselves real-life friends) makes this a definite crowd-pleaser, with critics calling it “an easy-breezy romantic comedy infused with warmth and lightness.”

Borrow and watch the film on Kanopy through your public library* ticket-free until Feb. 19 and chat about it with other viewers on the discussion board, or use #bigmoviewatch on social media.

Watch the trailer:

Make it a date night

Plan a cozy evening in with your best friend (human or fur-baby) or your sig, skip the crowd and cook up dinner before you settle in for movie night. You can even splurge on that nice bottle of wine—hey, you didn’t pay for the show!

Here’s a savory and a sweet recipe to complement your Valentine’s viewing:

mini heart-shaped pizzaMini heart-shaped naan pizzas
via AllRecipes

Everybody loves pizza. Kick it up a notch by adding some spicy jalapeños or red pepper flakes, or get creative and make those little heart-shaped pepperonis on top.

chai ice creamMasala chai ice cream
via Fatima Cooks

The warm cardamom and cinnamon beverage gets a new spin with this deliciously decadent spice-filled treat. Throw some chocolate chips on top for extra sweet goodness!

Looking for more rom-coms?

Here are 4 more films from Kanopy to add to your watchlist this February:

It Had to Be You

It Had to Be You featuring Cristin Milioti, Don Soder and Halley Feiffer

Sonia is a neurotic jingle writer who’s always dreamt of a big and exciting life. Surprised by a sudden proposal and subsequent ultimatum from her easy-going boyfriend, Chris, Sonia has to decide whether she’ll join the ranks of her married friends or take a leap and pursue her fantasies.

The Boy Downstairs

The Boy Downstairs featuring Zosia Mamet, Matthew Shear and Deirde O’Connell

Diana (Zosia Mamet, Girls) moves back to New York and finds the perfect apartment for a fresh start. Soon, she discovers her ex-boyfriend Ben lives in the apartment. After an awkward reunion, Diana proclaims her intentions to be friends. But as old wounds are opened, they are forced to confront the true nature of their feelings.


Outsourced featuring Josh Hamilton, Ayesha Dharker and Larry Pine

When the call center he manages in Seattle is outsourced to India, Todd travels there to train his replacement. Housed in a new building that looks like an above-ground bunker, the call center is staffed by willing novices whom Todd trains to sound American. One star on the staff is Asha, a woman who teaches Todd that he should learn about India, and in the process learn about himself.

West is West

West is West featuring Ashutosh Gowariker, Heidi Carpenter and Pearl Padamsee

Young, handsome and broke Vikram (Ashutosh Gowariker, director of Oscar®-nominated Lagaan) arrives from Mumbai to find his plans for college have completely fallen through. While exploring exotic San Francisco, he falls for Sue, a feisty bohemian artist. With his visa quickly running out, Vikram resorts to a series of increasingly elaborate - sometimes criminal, and occasionally romantic - schemes to stay in the country.

*Not all libraries offer Kanopy. Check with your local library to learn more about their offerings. Access to films varies by country and library.

RELATED READ: How to get started streaming films for free with Kanopy


About the Author

Annie Suhy has been working in the book industry since 2006. When she’s not working, practicing yoga, or petting cats, she’s doing paint-by-numbers and buying more plants. An avid poetry fan, her favorite collection is "The Splinter Factory" by Jeffrey McDaniel.


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