Detroit Unleaded
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Detroit Unleaded
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Cast largely with local first-time actors, the film is strikingly authentic and has the ragtag charm of a community art project."
‑ Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader
""Detroit Unleaded" is about as gentle as comedies come these days, commendably so."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"The unique cultural setting of "Detroit Unleaded" is refreshing, even if some aspects of the story are old hat."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"Detroit Unleaded is described as a comedy, but there are very few moments that make you laugh."
‑ Shane Ryan, Paste Magazine
"Nashef knows how to write good dialogue, and lavishes attention on everyone."
‑ Andrew Lapin, The Dissolve
"Big of heart but small of impact, the Arab-American rom-com "Detroit Unleaded" has all the kick of watered-down ethanol."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"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."
‑ R. Kurt Osenlund, Time Out New York
"Laced with ironic, offbeat humor and bittersweet urban surrealism. And a rare glimpse in US movies, into the social, emotional and psychological impact of the workplace on the human condition."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"The filmmaker's cart is tugging frantically at a lazy horse."
‑ Steven Boone,
"It compellingly engages with the specific problems of a cultural group rarely represented in American film, but it too easily and abruptly resolves its main characters' problems."
‑ Tina Hassannia, Slant Magazine
"Lebanese-American helmer Rola Nashef delivers a lively slice-of-life in this mainstream-friendly romantic comedy largely set at a Detroit gas station."
‑ Alissa Simon, Variety
"[The characters] feel not like types but, rather, like diverse individuals."
‑ Nick Schager, Village Voice
"Sweet, but not too sweet, amusing, but not laugh-out-loud funny, and occasionally suspenseful, but not palpably."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Having picked such an intriguing environment to depict onscreen, it's more than a little disappointing that Nashef then settles for such a routine storyline, one that's flatly told and not all that funny to boot."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
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