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I Can’t Think Straight- Quick and Dirty

Shamim Sarif’s, I Can’t think Straight, is her 2nd film after The World Unseen (which I unfortunately missed in theaters and netflix says will take a while to be added to my queue).


I really had high hopes for this movie because generally anything queer not made in America or made by non-american  directors generally stand a better chance of breaking stereotypes and not being terribly cliche.

Plot courtesy of imdb:

In the upper echelons of traditional Middle Eastern society, Reema and Omar prepare for the marriage of their daughter Tala. But back at work in London, Tala encounters Leyla, a young British Indian woman who is
dating Tala’s best friend Ali. Tala sees something unique in the artless, clumsy, sensitive Leyla who secretly works to become a writer. And Tala’s forthright challenges to Leyla’s beliefs begins a journey of
self-awareness for Leyla. As the women fall in love, Tala’s own sense of duty and cultural restraint cause her to pull away from Leyla and fly back to Jordan where the preparations for an ostentatious wedding
are well under way. As family members descend and the wedding day approaches, the pressure mounts until Tala finally cracks and extricates herself. Back in London, Leyla is heartbroken but learns to
break free of her own self-doubt and her mother’s expectations, ditching Ali and being honest with her parents about her sexuality.   When Ali and Leyla’s feisty sister Zara help throw Tala and Leyla together again, Tala finds that her own preconceptions of what love can be is the final hurdle she must jump to win Leyla back.

The Good:

  • Any movie that isn’t about white lesbians is already off to a good start (no offense) but there is definitely a lack of films about middle-eastern communities dealing with homosexuality in comparison  to what’s out there.
  • Leyla’s smart ass sister has some funny lines and really its not that hard to look at her for a good part of an 1 1/2 hours.


The bad:

  • Very very cheesy dialogue.
  • Very predictable plot.  Things seem to work out way too easily for the characters.  Tala gets the accounts she needs to expand her business and Leyla’s book just so happens to get published.  Their families seem easily forgiving of what is perceived to be at least a social stigma and at most a religious offense.  Now that’s not to say I wanted death and destruction and that happy endings in queer movies are bad (there are certainly a lack of those as well).  I should be thankful the two lead didn’t turn out to be serial killers or vampires or both but paired with the dialogue it was just a little to much cheese for me.
  • End credits being accompanied by Jill Sobule’s “I kissed a Girl”.  Enough already. I suppose, at least, it wasn’t Katy Perry.

The best:

One miss Lisa Ray.


Hachi Machi.

  1. April 19, 2009 at 4:56 AM

    Hey! Nothing wrong with white lesbians. You should watch Loving annabelle [trailer at http://www.moviesforlesbians.com/lovingannabelle.html%5D

    Agree about the cheesy dialogue. Lisa Ray’s characters mum just did not work for me at all!!!

    You forgot to mention the amazing Sheetal Sheth. Now that’s one fit chic 🙂

    • The humans are dead
      April 20, 2009 at 8:20 AM

      Nothing at all wrong with white lesbians 🙂 just nice to see a story that focuses on other ethnicities as a central characters.

      I’ve seen Loving Annabelle. It’s pretty good.

  2. June 4, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    I agree with Mofole both sheetal and Lisa Ray did the wonderful job on the movie.

  1. December 12, 2008 at 11:28 PM

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