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Appropriate Behavior (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 16 January 2015 (USA)
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Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold onto can be a lonely experience.

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Shirin
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Maxine
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Crystal
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Brendan
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Nasrin
Hooman Majd ...
Mehrdad
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Ali
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Layli
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Ken
Maryann Urbano ...
Jackie (as Maryan Urbano)
Michael Lonergan ...
Jacques
Annalisa Graziano ...
Felicia
D'Monaye D'Jara Careathers ...
Caribbean Nanny
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Groucho
Kyle Ty Lewis ...
Kujo (as Kyle Lewis)
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For Shirin, being part of a perfect Persian family isn't easy. Acceptance eludes her from all sides: her family doesn't know she's bisexual, and her ex-girlfriend, Maxine, can't understand why she doesn't tell them. Even the six-year-old boys in her moviemaking class are too ADD to focus on her for more than a second. Following a family announcement of her brother's betrothal to a parentally approved Iranian prize catch, Shirin embarks on a private rebellion involving a series of pansexual escapades, while trying to decipher what went wrong with Maxine. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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Shirin: I'm just going to lie here and try to forget what it felt like to be loved.
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IT'S NEVER OVER
Performed by AVAN LAVA
Written by Michael Cheever, Thomas Hennes, Ian Pai & Richard Wheeler
Publishined by Gold Collar Publishing
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Pleasantly real
21 January 2015 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I'm not one for lengthy reviews. I thought it was an interesting slice of life. Pretty close to reality for a gal of this age in NYC.

Like the rest of us, this character is just trying to figure it all out. She's flawed in a number of ways and watching her try and just make it through the day is mildly uncomfortable and usually quite funny.

A lot of these reviews are calling this a "hipster" or "shallow" film and I have to disagree. In fact, I don't think these people know what a hipster really is because this movie doesn't depict that at all. If anything, it's more about the lost generation of GEN Y. Those of us who are too old to be hip and too young to have truly lived in the grunge life. The generation that should probably have it figured out by now, but we don't. And that's okay. The title character, Sherin, is exactly that.

It didn't strike me as the kind of movie that was supposed to leave you feeling like a new person with a whole new outlook on life. It was just one girl's well told story.


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