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Amira & Sam (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 30 January 2015 (USA)
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An army veteran's unlikely romance with an Iraqi immigrant is put to the test when she is faced with the prospect of deportation.


Sean Mullin


Sean Mullin
10 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Martin Starr ... Sam
Dina Shihabi ... Amira
Paul Wesley ... Charlie
Laith Nakli ... Bassam
David Rasche ... Jack
Ross Marquand ... Greg
Taylor Wilcox Taylor Wilcox ... Claire
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shokri Amirali Shokri Amirali
Claire Byrne ... Simone
Teddy Cañez ... Officer Velez
James Chen ... Donnie
Ben Cole ... Erik
Bruce Davis Bruce Davis ... Officer Lynch
Susan DiStaulo Susan DiStaulo ... Party Guest
Kate Easton ... Donna Thorpe


An army veteran's unlikely romance with an Iraqi immigrant is put to the test when she is faced with the prospect of deportation.

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The only place they belong is together


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

30 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Um Romance Proibido See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,756, 6 February 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,849, 8 March 2015
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10 stars to an indie romantic comedy? yeah, I'm surprised too!
25 January 2015 | by m_imdb-222-195605See all my reviews

I saw this in Seattle and was shocked by how much I really enjoyed it. Its hard not to wince when I see trailers for another low-budget, indie rom-com, but Amira and Sam finds a way to seem fresh and funny without falling into the standard tropes. If you are a fan of dry humor, then this is going to hit all the right spots for you.

The top billed cast of Starr/Shihabi/Wesley are all immediately believable in their roles and are damn endearing. I had only known Martin Starr from the freaks and geeks days, but his stoicism really lent itself to his role as a recently returned vet. Half the fun of the movie is watching Sam (Starr) flounder through social interactions and day-to-day life while trying to get back up to speed with America and all of the ways that it has changed during his absence.

The soundtrack was pretty good too - it was just enough melody to help accentuate the touching parts of the film without being overbearing and forcing an emotion on you.

Very much recommended!

As an aside, I've read a few 1-star reviews from folks who admit to not even having seen the film. That's too bad - its a difficult thing to not walk away from a flick like this without a little pep in your step.

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