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‘Appropriate Behavior’ Review: Desiree Akhavan’s Hilarious Comedy Heralds an Essential New Voice

‘Appropriate Behavior’ Review: Desiree Akhavan’s Hilarious Comedy Heralds an Essential New Voice

She’s overeducated, underemployed, badly sexed — you might think you’ve heard 20-something Shirin’s story before, but you haven’t. Written and directed by and starring newcomer Desiree Akhavan, “Appropriate Behavior” borrows the flashback structure, New York hipness, and bittersweet wistfulness of “Annie Hall,” but in service of a startlingly new love story that’s sexy and searching, queer and contemporary.

Caught between her well-heeled Iranian-American parents’ expectations and her self-serious ex-girlfriend’s Lgbt activist dogma, Shirin’s pursuit of her true self isn’t just a story we’ve rarely, if ever, seen on film; it’s the

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