Appropriate Behavior

Appropriate Behavior 

A sexually-frank romantic comedy written, directed and starring Desiree Akhavan. Shirin is struggling to be the ideal Persian daughter, a politically correct bisexual, and a hip young Brooklynite but is failing miserably...

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If there is one film to see this year, it's Desiree Akhavan's wry, adventurous debut... 


Funny, unique and entirely inappropriate...a supremely satisfying and irreverent take on the New York rom-com 

The Playlist

Audacious and funny and unique... 

Lena Dunham

Akhavan is very much her own artist – with a polyglot urban voice that comes off like an unholy cross between Fran Lebowitz, Junot Diaz, Tina Fey and Hanif Kureishi 

Rolling Stone

Appropriate Behavior is alive. The screenplay is packed with smart remarks, clever and unpredictable turns of phrase that knock you off balance... 

New York Times

...sort of like “Annie Hall” if Woody Allen were a bisexual Persian girl. Appropriate Behavior is the kind of movie that helps restore “Sundance movie” to its proper definition

...this tart, sexually frank portrait of a disintegrating relationship - and its long, bitter aftermath - packs plenty of punch... 


Laced with the kind of bitingly quotable epithets you’ll wish you’d thought of yourself 

Mark Kermode

Akhavan’s blend of cultural insights and sweetly relatable, self-deprecating humor provide a charming showcase for a new filmmaker worthy of discovery 


Akhavan pulls off a fresh coming-of-age in America, as she embraces modernity versus tradition 


The freshest comedy of life and love in the city since Obvious Child 

Village Voice

Appropriate Behavior is the sexy, soulful, snarky directorial debut of writer and star Desiree Akhavan... If this is her Tiny Furniture, expect more great things to come 


Desiree Akhavan is a fresh new voice in filmmaking 


Akhavan's picture feels vibrant, lived in, and incredibly rich. That’s an assured mark of vision if ever there was one 

Paste Magazine

She’s an appealing actress, an assured director, and a sharp writer—a breakout triple threat 


An authentically ironic, adorably wistful, smartly observed ride 

LA Times

A cult classic for young urbanites 

Washington Post

For all the brazen charms of this warm, funny debut ... its quieter moments signal a profundity that's really worth getting excited about 

Time Out New York

As funny as it is painfully true 

Little White Lies

If this is a familiar kind of film with a familiar setting and a familiar resolution, that intense delicacy makes it clear that its creator is an unusual talent 


A rude, funny anti-classic insistent on entertaining its audience 

Sight & Sound LFF Roundup

Appropriate Behavior pulses with exciting bluntness, refreshing honesty, and poignant affection. Akhavan is a thrilling new voice for queer cinema 

The Most Cake

A hilarious, searing self-portrait from a refreshingly honest new voice 

So So Gay

An interesting, likeable, witty movie 

New Statesman

A frank and very funny debut from an interesting new talent 

The Skinny

Appropriate Behavior has some very sharp writing indeed 

The Arts Desk

Official Selection

Sundance Film Festival


Winner: Emerging Female Filmmaker

Provincetown International Film Festival


Official Selection

BFI London Film Festival


Official Selection

Stockholm Film Festival


Official Selection

Melbourne Film Festival


Official Selection

Gijon International Film Festival


Official Selection

Maryland International Film Festival


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Sydney International Film Festival


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Official Selection

Nantucket International Film Festival


Nominated: Best First Screenplay

Independent Spirit Awards


Official Selection

Frameline 28 San Francisco Int'l LGBT Film Festival


Winner: Grand Jury Prize - Best Screenwriting

OUTFEST 30th Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival


Official Selection

Rooftop Film Summer Series


Winner: Special Jury Emerging Talent Writing & Directing

Long Beach Q Film Festiva


Winner: Best Film

Seattle LGBT Film Festival


Official Selection

Hawaii International Film Festival


Winner: Best Director

Noor Iranian Film Festival


Winner: Grand Jury Award

San Diego Asian Film Festival


Winner: Emerging Filmmaker

Tampa Int'l LGBT Film Festival


Official Selection

Anchorage Film Festival


Type Feature film
Length 90 Minutes
Rating 15
Genres Drama, Feature, Comedy, Rom-com, LGBTQI
Cast Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Scott Adsit, Halley Feiffer, Anh Duong, Arian Moayed
Writer & Director Desiree Akhavan
Producer Cecilia Frugiuele
Language English
Countries of origin United States, United Kingdom

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