America So Beautiful (2001)




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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); Houshang's uncle doesn't think much of his nephew's fondness for nightlife, and with the hostage crisis in Iran dominating headlines, it's not a good time to be of Persian descent, even among the dance club crowd. Sahmi (Houshang Touzie), a friend of the family, tells Houshang that he has connections at one of L.A.'s hottest dance spots and can get him and his friends inside for a price; Houshang agrees, but he soon learns that Sahmi has a shady past and isn't always good to his word, which leads to both disappointment and danger for Houshang and his pals. America So Beautiful was the first feature directed and co-written by Babak Shokrian, himself a Iranian immigrant who came to the United States in 1971.
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Shohreh Aghdashloo
as Exiled Actress
David Diaan
as Parviz
Atossa Leoni
as Maryam
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Critic Reviews for America So Beautiful

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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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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 29, 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).

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… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

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