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The Iran Job (2013)



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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
Documentary , Special Interest , Sports & Fitness
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Critic Reviews for The Iran Job

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (9)

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

Full Review… | June 19, 2013
Boston Globe
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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.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
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This observant documentary avoids pedagogy; it's not always artful, but it has a relaxed, light touch that never topples into pretension.

Full Review… | October 11, 2012
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | October 11, 2012
AV Club
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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 ...

Full Review… | October 9, 2012
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