Just Like A Woman
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Mona, 26, an immigrant from North Africa, runs her in-laws' mini market in Chicago. She's married to Mourad, a man who can't stand up to his authoritarian mother. Mona is harassed by her mother-in-law because after five years of marriage, she hasn't be able to get pregnant, something that's considered a shame and a taboo in her culture. Marilyn, 29, is a receptionist at a computer repair company. Her marriage with Harvey is on the ropes. The only thing in her life that makes her happy is her belly dance class, a passion shared by Mona. Dancing at family gatherings lifts her… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 7%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Like belly-dancing itself, this drama is meant for the soul, not the mind - or as Marilyn's instructor commands, "Brains! Stop using them!""
‑ Amy Nicholson, Los Angeles Times
"Just like its meaningless title, Rachid Bouchareb's disappointing drama evokes better works without developing any distinct identity of its own."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"... completely falls apart amid a collection of heavy-handed cliches."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"While one can sympathize with the subjects Bouchareb is exploring here, his picture strives for a great deal more than it actually delivers."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"The problem with the film, directed by France's Rachid Bouchareb from a script by Joelle Touma and Marion Doussot, is that the men are mostly one-dimensional louts."
‑ Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
"Bouchareb fails to turn his outsider's point of view into new insights, and instead takes the easy route, falling back on familiar stereotypes in his tour of US misogyny and xenophobia."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"Although branded throughout by a heavily mournful identification with these terribly wronged women's plights, the film is nevertheless silly in the extreme."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"A phony, tone-deaf female fantasy."
‑ Brent Simon, Shockya.com
"This well-intentioned buddy-road-trip flick lacks the danger, the drama and the sex appeal that most moviegoers will be looking for."
‑ Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"It's a shame Ms. Miller has to try so hard, to grimace so much, to add emotional embellishment to compensate for a weak script."
‑ Miriam Bale, New York Times
"Not enough happens on this empowerment road trip to fill even a sub-90-minute running time, and the climax resorts to trite, unearned melodrama."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
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