Arranged (2007)

Two women whose peoples are often at odds find they're more alike than anyone expects in this drama from directors Stefan C. Schaefer and Diane Crespo. Rochel (Zoe Lister-Jones) and Nasira (Francis Benhamou) are two young women who have… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 11, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2008
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

For a movie meant to shake viewers out of their ignorance, this clunky drama sure does indulge in a lot of stereotypes.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

Lamentable scenes include that comic relief stand-by, the Bad Date Montage, but the movie comes off better than it should by virtue of Benhamou and (especially) Lister-Jones, appealing and modest young actors who create a plausible central relationship,

Kam Williams

Even if the cross-cultural camaraderie looks a little easy to achieve, here, aren't movies sometimes supposed to point towards the path of peace and reconciliation?

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

In Arranged two devout Brooklyn schoolteachers clutch hands across the religious divide as their respective families prepare to marry them off.

Daniel M. Kimmel
The Jewish Advocate

Maybe real life isn't as neat as portrayed here. In that case, the drawback is with reality, not the movie.

Shahnaz Habib
New York Press

Lays out the magic and messiness of friendship between women, and an outsider becomes a privileged insider.

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Ronnie Scheib

Precise lensing, a strong sense of locale and vibrant, eminently likeable perfs enliven Arranged.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a slight yet thoroughly charming little effort...

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

Schaefer and Crespo's message isn't subtle, but they give it a fresh face by focusing on women whose identities are shaped but not warped by piety and devotion to ancient cultural values.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This is simply an amazing film about the problems facing women in more conservative religions in diverse societies, and their ability to find friendship and… More
Leo L
Great movie. Fantastic story plot about two young women from different cultures who quickly bond and become long-lived friends. Definitely worth seeing.
Hogans Hero
Really enjoyed this sweet film, that delved into issues of race and religion. Great lesson, and great film.
Wu Chouin
A funny and touching story about family and friendship.
Walter M.
"Arranged" introduces Rochel(Zoe Lister Jones), an orthodox Jew, and Nasira(Francis Benhamou), a Muslim who was born in Syria, sitting on separate… More