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I Can't Think Straight (2008)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 1 November 2008 (USA)
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A young woman engaged to be married finds her life changed forever when she meets her best friend's girlfriend.


Shamim Sarif


Shamim Sarif (screenplay), Kelly Moss (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Ray ... Tala
Sheetal Sheth ... Leyla
Antonia Frering Antonia Frering ... Reema
Dalip Tahil ... Omar
Nina Wadia ... The Housekeeper
Ernest Ignatius ... Sam
Siddiqua Akhtar Siddiqua Akhtar ... Maya
Amber Rose Revah ... Yasmin
Anya Lahiri ... Lamia
Kimberly Jaraj Kimberly Jaraj ... Zina
Sam Vincenti ... Kareem
Rez Kempton ... Ali
Darwin Shaw ... Hani (as Daud Shah)
George Tardios George Tardios ... Uncle Ramzi
Ishwar Maharaj Ishwar Maharaj ... Sami


A 2008 romance film adapted from a same name novel about a London-based Jordanian of Palestinian descent, Tala, who is preparing for an elaborate wedding. A turn of events causes her to have an affair and subsequently fall in love with another woman, Leyla, a British Indian. Written by Shamim Sarif

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You can only find true love when you're true to yourself See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 November 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elveszed az eszem See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£923 (United Kingdom), 5 April 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,239, 23 November 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$39,373, 13 September 2009
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Technical Specs


| (European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Eastmancolor)| Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The 2nd woman in line at the book signing is writer/director Shamim Sarif. She asks for the inscription "Amina", which is the name of the character that Sheetal Sheth played in Shamim's next movie, The World Unseen (2007). See more »


When Lisa Ray is reading the Arabic newspaper, she reads it left-to-right (like reading English) instead of right-to-left. See more »


Yasmin: They're in love.
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"Nice" but the potential isn't really realised due to a clunky script and some wooden performances
22 November 2009 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

While I'm sure that the vast majority of male viewers of this film will have come to it because of how easy on the eye the two lead actresses are, but for me I came to it because I had heard that it was a quite charming little film about culture clashes and coming out. From the outset there is certainly a degree of charm that comes with the rather glossy sheen on the total production and certainly the performances are mostly geared towards "light" material rather than anything too complex. It also, having an autobiographical content, comes over as warmly sympathetic to the two protagonists – a feeling that it easily allows the viewer to share. However, none of this is enough to make it as good as it could have been, mainly because of the problems with the material.

The film is very short and this combines with some awful dialogue to make everything feel very superficial. While some of the scenes between Tala and Leyla are touching and intimate, some of them have all the subtly and realism of set-up dialogue in a p0rn film. Leyla is well done as more reserved and laid back but Tala is too forward and rushed, making everything happen suddenly without any indication that either of the two women are having any sort of inner though process at all. I was surprised because I had heard some good things about it but at times I was half expecting one of the characters to start saying things like "oh, my, look my shirt has come undone" and other clunky lines – truth be told it is sometimes not far from that.

This does really hurt the film but not alone – "helping" it alone is also a lack of real development in the characters and situations themselves. Everything is little more than words and I never got the sense of much below the surface – again surprising since the film is supposed to be based on the maker's real life experiences. Perhaps because of this, the performances tend towards being a bit wooden and really only manage to do more because of the performers themselves. Sheth is probably the stronger of the lead two because she has the most vulnerability to her character and is on the most interesting journey; she does this well. Ray is not so good. Her performance plays thinks too strong and confident and there is no discovery to her, no small steps and no real sign of anything going on below the surface. Together they make a very attractive couple but their performances and their dialogue limits their chemistry. The supporting cast are mostly pretty stiff and unconvincing, hurting the narrative but also fudging the occasional attempts at humour.

Overall I Can't Think Straight is a nice idea that is done with a certain amount of charm, but not enough to cover the problems with it. The lack of depth and complexity (even in basic ways) are what hurts it because it turns what could have been an interesting and touching film into one that is overwhelmingly superficial in its design and delivery. Still a nice film but could and could have been so much more.

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