Appropriate Behavior (2015) - Rotten Tomatoes

Appropriate Behavior (2015)



Critic Consensus: Warm, funny, and quietly profound, Appropriate Behavior serves as a thoroughly compelling calling card for writer, director, and star Desiree Akhavan.

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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. (K.Y.) (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Desiree Akhavan
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On DVD: Jan 31, 2015
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Critic Reviews for Appropriate Behavior

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (11)

Approaching contentious topics with clarity and tact and attempting to find the correct balance between irony and outright offence within a comedic context can often be a tricky affair.

Full Review… | May 10, 2016
Film Ireland Magazine

Appropriate Behavior marks a strong first-time effort for the director, and establishes her ability as both a filmmaker and as an actress with considerable screen presence.

Full Review… | February 25, 2016
The Film Stage

Ms. Akhavan shows promise as an assured director, a talented writer and an interesting actress.

Full Review… | January 3, 2016
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

What seems most promising about Akhavan's directing talent is her very specific eye.

Full Review… | January 2, 2016
Seattle Weekly

The terrific film captures, among other things, the terror of trying to get back into the dating scene when you don't really fit into any scene.

Full Review… | January 2, 2016

This deeply flawed debut is worth checking out. Akhavan is definitely one to watch.

Full Review… | December 18, 2015
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Audience Reviews for Appropriate Behavior


As a bisexual I can safely say that there aren't many depictions of us out there, and the ones that do exist aren't anything positive. Director, writer, and star of "Appropriate Behavior," Desiree Akhavan, shows the common intersections between her world and that of her conservative Persian family in this semi-autobiographical indie film.


Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

It is well edited and has its moments, both comedic and dramatic, but its mistake(s) is that it isn't as funny or insightful as it thinks it is and relies on a quirky protagonist that most of the times comes off as selfish and terribly unlikable with her narcissistic conflicts.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

This is in the same class of film as Jenny Slate's Obvious Child. Both are very funny and deal with relationship woes. Shirin played by writer/director Desiree Akhavan is trying to define her identity. She has spent her life moving further and further away from the expectations of her Persian family. She struggles, but makes the best of a new daycare teaching job, and yet it is not a career that defines her either. She claims to be bi-sexual, but is devastated when she loses a long-term girlfriend. She fumbles trying to get involved in a three-way, which is where the poster image comes from, when she ignores the husband and gives all her attention to the wife. Sadly, it is as if she is claiming the bi-sexual label just to hold on to some remnant of what her family would deem appropriate behavior instead of embracing her true and frightening feelings for her girlfriend Maxine (Henderson). In flashbacks we see their relationship develop, though jealousy and fear of total commitment break them apart. As the plot jumps around in time Shirin must weigh if she should get back together with Maxine or move on with her life whether her family will approve or not.

Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

Appropriate Behavior Quotes

Maxine: You know what, don't bother telling your parents about us. I know you, and the more that I think about it this is probably just a phase.
– Submitted by Mika M (57 days ago)
Shirin: God, I hate your friends.
Maxine: My friends are my family, you don't know what that's like, to have to chose your own family because the one you're born into-
Shirin: Oh come on, enough of this lesbian orphan propaganda. You know, we're all born into shit families, we deal with it!
– Submitted by Mika M (57 days ago)
Shirin: Um, I'm looking for the grown-up underwear of a woman in charge of her sexuality and not afraid of change.
– Submitted by Mika M (57 days ago)
Shirin: Fuck you.
Maxine: I'm sorry, I don't know what happened.
Shirin: What the fuck.
Maxine: He's a man. It was like kissing a baby.
– Submitted by Mika M (57 days ago)

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