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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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Desiree Akhavan

Writer:

Desiree Akhavan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Desiree Akhavan ... Shirin
Rebecca Henderson ... Maxine
Halley Feiffer ... Crystal
Ryan Fitzsimmons ... Brendan
Anh Duong ... Nasrin
Hooman Majd Hooman Majd ... Mehrdad
Arian Moayed ... Ali
Justine Cotsonas ... Layli
Scott Adsit ... Ken
Maryann Urbano Maryann Urbano ... Jackie (as Maryan Urbano)
Michael Lonergan Michael Lonergan ... Jacques
Annalisa Graziano Annalisa Graziano ... Felicia
D'Monaye D'Jara Careathers D'Monaye D'Jara Careathers ... Caribbean Nanny
Jake Katzman ... Groucho
Kyle Ty Lewis Kyle Ty Lewis ... Kujo (as Kyle Lewis)
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Storyline

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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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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UK | USA

Language:

English | Persian

Release Date:

16 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Appropriate Behavior See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,114, 18 January 2015

Gross USA:

$46,912

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$123,699
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Parkville Pictures See more »
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Color
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Desiree Akhavan's directorial film debut. See more »

Quotes

Maxine: Can't hold my thoughts still long enough to think them, I have to chase them.
Shirin: I know what you mean. The other day, I had a really good idea for a children's book while I was smoking weed and now I have no idea what it was.
Maxine: Keep smoking. You'll get it back.
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SPIRIT DANCE
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Is this Appropriate Behaviour?!
4 July 2015 | by LesflicksLtdSee all my reviews

A break up movie with difference, told with on point narrative form and a blazing Independent spirt, this movie is about the journey to post-break up redemption.

With current day exploits as Shirin deals with the madness of the relationship break up grieving process, the audience is drawn in to cleverly juxtaposed vignettes that adeptly portray and dissect the reality of the relationship itself from start to finish.

At the same time, Shirin finds a new job that offers the opportunity for some personal growth as she reflects on the behaviour of 5-year-olds and has to play the grown up to them, learning there is always a time for play as well as a time for maturity. She eventually learns to face up to coming out to her family and the closure of the relationship.

Some beautiful and moving moments, perfectly flawed characters, laugh out loud awkwardness, as well as a gentle edgy tone that together create a totally appropriate feature debut for Akhavan.


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