Appropriate Behavior


Appropriate Behavior

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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 Site

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All Critics (57) | Top Critics (18)

  • Unconventional but rewarding.

    Mar 6, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • Akhavan has limbs like Miranda Hart and, at times, seems as desperate to please. Yet she's got real charisma. When she stops trying so hard, the film soars.

    Mar 6, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Appropriate Behaviour has an indulgent, slightly precious autobiographical feel - but it is funny, risky and in exhilaratingly bad taste.

    Mar 5, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • An original and charismatically honest New York comedy.

    Mar 5, 2015 | Rating: 4/5
  • Akhavan's most effective resource as a storyteller is her own face, a sometimes Chaplinesque blend of farce and pathos. She is a big talent to watch.

    Jan 20, 2015 | Rating: 3/4
  • Akhavan's confidently off-kilter approach to basic human interaction makes for an authentically ironic, adorably wistful, smartly observed ride.

    Jan 17, 2015 | Full Review…

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