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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.

Director:

Desiree Akhavan

Writer:

Desiree Akhavan (screenplay)
2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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

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English | Persian

Release Date:

16 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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Appropriate Behaviour See more »

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Parkville Pictures See more »
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Tibet: [Tibet is running an improbably sophisticated film-making class for 10-year-olds] Gracie, would you mind briefing our guest on today's project?
Grace: We are doing a shot for shot remake of a scene from "The Birds."
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Features 200 (1975) See more »

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MA BENSA
Written & performed by The Bendaly Family
Published by Audiosparx, Courtesy of Audiosparx
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shallow
19 January 2015 | by jax1492See all my reviews

The movie is a bit different from the normal fish out of water movies, because Shirin is so confused that its all about self loathing.

The film promotes being gay as something we should feel so bad for it would seem, but the problem is Shirin is so shallow and unlikable, you forget she is gay or Iranian or whatever, and just don't really care at all.

the tag line is about how Shirin doesn't want to be a cliché, well ... she failed cause its nothing more than a bitter, hipster, lesbian, self race hating character ... don't see this film, its not funny or redeeming.


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