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Maz Jobrani

Review: Splitsville for 'Shirin in Love'

Review: Splitsville for 'Shirin in Love'

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 (Nazanin Boniadi) with an eye for the handsome son (Riley Smith) of a reclusive novelist (Amy Madigan) is an abject filmmaking lesson in the many ways to irk moviegoers: cardboard characters, dippy plotting, sentimental overkill and tortuous logic.

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...