Appropriate Behavior (2014)

Appropriate Behavior
Director: Desiree Akhavan
Writer: Desiree Akhavan
Cast: Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Halley Feiffer, Ryan Fitzsimmons, Anh DuongRosalie Lowe, Scott Adsit
Part of: identities Festival
Seen on: 11.6.2015

Bisexual Shirin (Desiree Akhavan) just broke up with her girlfriend Maxine (Rebecca Henderson), or rather Maxine dumped her and Shirin tries everything to get her back – or at least get over her. That involves getting a new job as a teacher in a kindergarten where she tries to teach the kids how to make a film, slightly stalking Maxine, and having loads of sex with different people. Maybe she can even work up the courage to come out to her traditionally Iranian family.

I enjoyed Appropriate Behavior. It was funny and well-made, even if not everything completely worked for me.

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Gentlemen Broncos (2009)

Gentlemen Broncos is a film by Jared Hess, written by himself and Jerusha Hess and starring Michael Angarano, Héctor Jiménez, Halley Feiffer, Jennifer Coolidge, Jemaine Clement and Sam Rockwell.

Benjamin (Michael Angarano) is a huge SciFi fan. He especially admires the writings of Ronald Chevalier (Jemaine Clement). When he gets a chance to submit one of his own stories for Chevalier to judge – a story about Bronco (Sam Rockwell), a kind of space cowboy – the last thing he expects is that Chevalier steals the story. At the same time his story about Bronco gets adapted by local prolific but amateur filmmaker Lonnie (Héctor Jiménez) who takes some liberties with the story.

Gentlemen Broncos doesn’t work half as well as it should be. Even Sam Rockwell falls flat (!!!!). Jemaine Clement was wonderful, but most of the time the film just misses its notes for me. It’s humor is just a tad too immature and the good ideas are stretched a bit too far.

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