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I Can't Think Straight (2008)



Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 8

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Shamim Sarif's autobiographical novel serves as the inspiration for this film directed by the author, and concerning two women from deeply diverse backgrounds who discover that the love between them is too powerful to deny. Tala (Lisa Ray) is a London-based Jordanian of Palestinian descent. She's a spirited Christian in the midst of planning her wedding to her handsome Jordanian fiancÚ. Leyla (Sheetal Sheth) is a shy Muslim who's currently dating Leyla's best friend, Ali. Brought together by


Drama, Romance

Feb 9, 2010

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (27)

From the wince-inducing title onwards, the script is laughably bad, especially when it attempts seriousnes.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Buildings and their interiors fare a lot better in this sumptuously lensed and set-designed film. That's because they don't have to talk or act.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Plugging the same two actresses into different Sapphic scenarios may be a valid filmmaking strategy but it can be an extremely boring one.

November 21, 2008
New York Times
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Hw do they tell their boyfriends and parents that they're gay? Conventionally, that's how.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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In exploring the eternal conflict between love and duty in a fresh, provocative way, Sarif demonstrates that she is a filmmaker of exceptional promise.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Although she has made two films in rapid succession, Sarif shows no discernible aptitude for her new medium.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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If the plot is cheese, it never rises above the level of a Dairylea triangle

April 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

She is still some way short of making a movie that deserves a ticket-buying audience.

April 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (UK)

Both films are politically daring as well as what used to be called risque. Neither, I'm afraid, is well directed or acted.

April 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The director struggles to inject much energy or spark into the story. Which is frustrating for a premise with this much potential.

April 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

It's such a mish-mash of terrible ideas next to sincere and affecting themes that it never really works and repeatedly sabotages any recommendation.

April 3, 2009
Little White Lies

A should-have-been straight-to-DVD film that ticks enough boxes to make its cinema release an example of affirmative action.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

I Can't Think Straight, a glossy contemporary cross-cultural romance between a Palestinian Christian girl and an Anglo-Indian Muslim girl, is spectacularly dreadful.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Frankly this looks more like Dynasty, with some very broad, soapy acting, coy sex scenes and some airily conspicuous wealth.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian

This one's got it's heart in the right place...but little else to recommend it.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Deep stuff, then, but imbued with all the weight of a prawn cracker. Its explosive coming-out scene can't compensate for car crash acting. Sadly, great sounding drivel is still drivel.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Writer-director Shamim Sarif can't seem to make up her mind whether she is making a comedy or a serious point about Muslim attitudes to lesbianism. And so she ends up with a fluffy mess.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Lisa Ray provides the one spark of life in an otherwise drab, graceless production that appears to be set in the Eighties and has the feel of a bad Jilly Cooper novel.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

This lesbian love story is never less than watchable, thanks to a captivating central performance by Lisa Ray, though the script and direction leave a lot to be desired.

April 2, 2009 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

It's all very sex-lite - one character even does what Eamonn Holmes did last year, confusing lesbian with Lebanese.

April 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Teletext

Glossy and lacking depth as it trivializes every subject it touches.

December 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Lipstick lesbianism among Muslims is the theme of this unfortunately blown chance to say something real and new. Shamim Sarif's film as fluffily lightweight as Deepa Mehta's Fire was dark and dire.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

This is a tasteful, romantic lesbian flick, and neither romance nor taste is a substitute for hot naked lesbians getting it on.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for I Can't Think Straight

A fascinating movie that centralizes on the companionship and budding romance between two women. Tala and Leyla are first introduced to each other during a visit, and the two instantly connect. They begin spending more time together, and attraction motivates these two when they decide to take a trip together where the two fall in love. Although Tala is engaged, and will soon marry Hani. Leyla is dating Tala's friend Ali, and hopes to become a writer someday. Despite these differences, Leyla admits her love and Tala is indecisive about what path in life to follow. With the help of loved ones, the two find their way to each other.
Great cast- Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Antonia Frering, Dalip Tahil, Nina Wadia, Ernest Ignatius, Amber Rose Revah, Siddiqua Akhtar, and Anya Lahiri. Worthy!
October 15, 2010
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Super Reviewer

Funny, heartwarming and downright sexy. Yes, technically this would probably not entirely deserve 5 stars (the dialogue seemed a bit forced at times, the low budget shone through very occasionally), but I had so much fun, I loved the chemistry between the actresses and this was more than just a romantic comedy. The humour is clever, the romance believable and the characters are lovable and well-rounded. And, to come to my most valid argument: This is hands down the lesbian romantic comedy with the hottest couple. A brief moment where Nala stands on top of a staircase in heels and looks at Leyla prompted spontaneous gasps from the almost exclusively female audience. You will know which moment I mean... Hot, funny, endearing film.
October 27, 2008

Super Reviewer

    1. Leyla: I want to be with someone who, ten years from now, still makes my heart jump when I hear her key in the door. And that someone is you.
    2. Leyla: Have you ever done this before?
    3. Tala: Slept with a woman while my fiance makes wedding plans? Nope, never done that before.
    – Submitted by Francesca M (2 years ago)
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