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May In The Summer (2014)

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To all appearances, May Brennan (Cherien Dabis) has it all -- intelligent, gorgeous, the recipient of raves for her recently published book and set to marry her loving fiancÚ Ziad (Alexander Siddig), a distinguished New York scholar. But immediately upon returning to her familial hometown of Amman, Jordan for the wedding, the cracks in her seemingly perfect life begin to show. May's headstrong, born-again Christian mother Nadine (Hiam Abbass) disapproves of Ziad's Muslim faith and is firm in her

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As much as May in the Summer is a comedy-May and her mischievous sisters may remind you of The Three Stooges-it is also an intimate and demystifying look at life in Amman, where the movie was actually filmed.

August 20, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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These characters illuminate the broader truths in Dabis's screenplay, as does its smart treatment of the region's proximity to armed conflict.

August 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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On the whole, though, May In The Summer just never distinguishes itself in any way that isn't superficial.

August 20, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Something of a vanity project, but a different, Westernized spin on your typical Life in the Middle East story

August 19, 2014 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Cherien Dabis is least successful at connecting her character May's marital crisis to the rumblings of her repressed heritage.

August 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

This second feature is very watchable, but it lacks a sense of purpose (so prevalent in its predecessor), and any emotional punch or, indeed, pay-off.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
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What we end up with is a Miramax film from the early-to-mid 1990s. Something a tiny bit edgy to watch on VHS back in the day, but something you don't need to feel too guilty about skipping today.

January 30, 2013 Full Review Source: ScreenCrush
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The drama never fully takes off, and the laughs are too few and far between to offset the film's fundamental deficiencies.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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