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Detroit Unleaded (2013)



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Between Detroit and Arab-America, Sami works behind the bulletproof glass of a 24-hour gas station with his cousin Mike. Inside this unique neighborhood, the station is more than just a pitstop for rolling papers and fake perfume, but a place where an infinite stream of spirited and often hilarious people flow through. When Najlah walks in, Sami's shift becomes anything but routine. ​Made and cast in Detroit, the film stars first-time feature actors EJ Assi and Nada Shouhayib, along with Actor/Comedian Mike Batayeh (Breaking Bad, You Don't Mess with the Zohan), Mary Assel, Steven Soro, and Lebanese film and television Star Akram El-Ahmar. ​Detroit Unleaded had it's World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the Grolsch Film Works Discovery Award and received overwhelmingly positive reviews from audiences and film critics alike. (c) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Detroit Unleaded

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (8)

Cast largely with local first-time actors, the film is strikingly authentic and has the ragtag charm of a community art project.

February 13, 2014 | Full Review…

Big of heart but small of impact, the Arab-American rom-com "Detroit Unleaded" has all the kick of watered-down ethanol.

November 22, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Lebanese-American helmer Rola Nashef delivers a lively slice-of-life in this mainstream-friendly romantic comedy largely set at a Detroit gas station.

November 22, 2013 | Full Review…
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The filmmaker's cart is tugging frantically at a lazy horse.

November 22, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

"Detroit Unleaded" is about as gentle as comedies come these days, commendably so.

November 21, 2013 | Full Review…

A quasi-fairy-tale ending suggests the director and cowriter was content with shrugging her shoulders when it came to tying things up, but the knee-jerky close can't spoil the film's vibrant cultural and environmental specificity.

November 19, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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