America So Beautiful
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America So Beautiful
A young man who only wants to dance finds that isn't so simple when you're an Iranian in America in this independent drama. Houshang (Mansour) isn't much different than a lot of teenagers living in Southern California in 1979; he likes disco, thought Saturday Night Fever was a great movie, and wants to be able to take over the dance floor just like John Travolta. However, Houshang also happens to be an Iranian immigrant who works at a Middle Eastern grocery owned by his uncle (Akbar Moazezi); Houshang's uncle doesn't think much of his nephew's fondness for nightlife,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Shokrian, who was born in Tehran, is trying to say something about assimilation and xenophobia, but the predictable story and stereotypical characters do him in."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"As much as the film would like to blow the lid off immigrant misery, it deals only in caricatures."
‑ David Ng, Village Voice
"Shokrian ... possesses a sharp eye for detail and a lacerating wit (dulled, unfortunately, by the repetition of ideas and the hammering of points)."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"While providing a fresh perspective on a different troubled time in our history, this challenging but flawed film nonetheless manages to be a much needed affirmation of the American Dream."
‑ Merle Bertrand, Film Threat
"Unfortunately Shokrina's sense of style periodically collapses, and the film falls prey to the worst kind of models."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
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