America So Beautiful (2001)

America So Beautiful

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A young man who only wants to dance finds that isn't so simple when you're an Iranian in America in this independent drama. Houshang (Mansour) isn't much different than a lot of teenagers living in Southern California in 1979; he likes disco, thought Saturday Night Fever was a great movie, and wants to be able to take over the dance floor just like John Travolta. However, Houshang also happens to be an Iranian immigrant who works at a Middle Eastern grocery owned by his uncle (Akbar Moazezi); … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Babak Shokrian
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On DVD: May 9, 2006
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Shokrian, who was born in Tehran, is trying to say something about assimilation and xenophobia, but the predictable story and stereotypical characters do him in.

May 30, 2003
New York Post
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Shokrian ... possesses a sharp eye for detail and a lacerating wit (dulled, unfortunately, by the repetition of ideas and the hammering of points).

Full Review… | May 27, 2003
L.A. Weekly
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Unfortunately Shokrina's sense of style periodically collapses, and the film falls prey to the worst kind of models.

Full Review… | May 27, 2003
Chicago Reader
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As much as the film would like to blow the lid off immigrant misery, it deals only in caricatures.

Full Review… | May 27, 2003
Village Voice
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Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Variety
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While providing a fresh perspective on a different troubled time in our history, this challenging but flawed film nonetheless manages to be a much needed affirmation of the American Dream.

Full Review… | May 27, 2003
Film Threat

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