The Iran Job


The Iran Job

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When American basketball player Kevin Sheppard accepts a job to play in one of the world's most feared countries - Iran - he expects the worst. But what he finds is a country brimming with generosity, acceptance, and sensuality. With a charismatic personality that charms everyone he meets, Kevin forms an unlikely friendship with three outspoken Iranian women who share with him their strong opinions on everything, from politics to religion to gender roles. Kevin's season in Iran eventually culminates in something much bigger than basketball: the uprising and subsequent suppression of Iran's reformist Green Movement - a powerful prelude to the sweeping changes currently unfolding across the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring. (c) Film Movement

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (2)

  • A lively, engaging documentary directed by the German filmmaker Till Schauder ...

    Jun 19, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The film takes a distinctly American approach to Iranian matters of gender relations and religious extremism, shedding little light on subjects that are far more complicated than Schauder makes them out to be.

    Mar 28, 2013 | Full Review…
  • I confess to being a sucker for sports movies, the ones with the "Big Game" at the end. "The Iran Job" has all the requisite elements of that cinematic subgenre, but strives for something deeper.

    Mar 28, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This observant documentary avoids pedagogy; it's not always artful, but it has a relaxed, light touch that never topples into pretension.

    Oct 11, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The sports drama gives The Iran Job a strong hook, while the cultural context enriches the movie's real story, which is less about Sheppard's life in Iran than about the people he meets.

    Oct 11, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Noel Murray

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  • This is a complicated, accessible and heartfelt human drama, one that Obama, Romney and Americans of all political stripes should see ...

    Oct 9, 2012

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