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Appropriate Behavior (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 16 January 2015 (USA)
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Appropriate Behavior is a movie starring Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, and Halley Feiffer. 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
... Maxine
... Crystal
... Brendan
... Nasrin
Hooman Majd ... Mehrdad
... Ali
... Layli
... Ken
Maryann Urbano ... Jackie (as Maryan Urbano)
Michael Lonergan ... Jacques
Annalisa Graziano ... Felicia
D'Monaye D'Jara Careathers ... Caribbean Nanny
... 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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Maxine: You're such a jerk.
Shirin: You love it.
Maxine: Shirin.
Shirin: Yeah.
Maxine: We're the same kind of stoned person.
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Features 200 (1975) See more »

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CLUB THING
Performed by MEN
Written by Jocelyn Samson & MEN
Published by Terrorbird Musicm Courtesy of MEN
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Great Movie
3 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

This movie is excellent. It's about love, coming of age, queerness, straightness, New York (mostly Brooklyn), living with immigrant parents, so many things. The story telling is unique, witty, and pretty funny. Very dry humor.

My one criticism is the chronology. The film could have been either more linear or more clear about the timeline. Although I will say that the editing style was very unique and I enjoyed the lack of Hollywood style conformity.

All in all I give this film a solid A. If you like indie films and NY and the story of people's sexuality and life exploration this is a gem.


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