The only possible reaction to an amateurish romance like "Shirin in Love" is: Do the filmmakers think we're all idiots?
Practically every scene in this tale about a glamorous, unhappily engaged Los Angeles book reviewer (
The thinly conceived Shirin is ostensibly meant to embody the kind of young, vivacious Iranian American member of the "Tehran-geles" community who finds it hard to balance cultural tradition with independence.
But writer-director Ramin Niami, in a feeble attempt to mix screwball comedy and Harlequin neo-gothic, treats everyone like a stereotype, most obnoxiously the clownish plastic surgeon fiancé (a mugging
Boniadi, who was memorable last season as a
"Shirin in Love." No MPAA rating. Running time: 1 hour, 44 minutes. At AMC Burbank Town Center 8, Laemmle's Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills and Laemmle Town Center 5 in Encino.