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Appropriate Behavior

UK, English, 90 mins

  • Director: Desiree Akhavan
  • Writer: Desiree Akhavan
  • Producer: Cecilia Frugiuele; Hugo Kaempfer

CGiii Comment

Has Desiree Akhavan taken too much on?!?!? Director, writer...star!

Perhaps...it all depends on whether you get her! Like her! Or, not!

Deadpan, cynical and, as dry as a bone left in the Mojave desert...Akhavan goes from one disastrous enounter to another with remarkable speed and consistency.

Or, is she a self-hating, narcissist (ooooh a paradoxical oxymoron) who completes the bisexual stereotype...self-centred, selfish? Ouch!

It's difficult to separate the director/writer/star from an autobiographical diatribe...if she is acting...then, good job. If she's being autobiographical...then, get a grip, get some help.

There are some genuinely entertaining set pieces...the threeway, the kiddy film - she does awkward really well.

Perhaps, she did take on too much...an independent director could have been beneficial to herself and the film. The potential for her being a very funny lady is there.


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The(ir) Blurb...

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.

Cast & Characters

Desiree Akhavan as Shirin;
Rebecca Henderson as Maxine;
Scott Adsit as Ken;
Halley Feiffer as Crystal;
Anh Duong as Nasrin;
Hooman Majd as Mehrdad;
Arian Moayed as Ali;
Aimee Mullins as Sasha;
Christopher Baker as Ted;
Robyn Rikoon as Marie

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