A SIMPLE WEDDING – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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“I can’t sleep until you get married.” So says Ziba Husseini (the ever spectacular Shohreh Aghdashloo) to her daughter, Nousha (Tara Grammy). Now, Nousha is not a youngster; she is, in fact, a successful lawyer in Los Angeles, an adult woman who knows her own mind and her own needs… and nowhere in there exists any thought or desire to get married. Certainly not to any of the nice (read: dull and conservative) Iranian men her parents — there’s also dad, Reza (Houshang Touzie) — keep trying to arrange for her. (The way she scares off the prospective grooms and their parents in hello-nice-to-meet-you-now-let’s-get-married get-togethers is snarkily hilarious.)

But now Nousha is living with artist, deejay, and utter delight Alex Talbot (Christopher O’Shea), and when her parents find out, they are mortified. They can just about deal with him not being Iranian and not being Muslim. But cohabiting without benefit of wedlock? Unacceptable. Quick nuptials must be organized. Ziba is suddenly in her glory, Reza only slightly less so: their only daughter is getting married! Continue reading…

EDITOR’S NOTE: A Simple Wedding is AWFJ’s Movie of the Week for February 7, 2020

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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson is a freelance writer on film, TV, DVD, and pop culture from New York City and now based in London. She is the webmaster and sole critic at FlickFilosopher.com, which debuted in 1997 and is now one of the most popular, most respected, and longest-running movie-related sites on the Internet. Her film reviews also appear in a variety of alternative-weekly newspapers across the U.S. Johanson is one of only a few film critics who is a member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (the Webby organization), an invitation-only, 500-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities. She is also a member of the Online Film Critics Society. She has appeared as a cultural commentator on BBC Radio, LBC-London, and on local radio programs across North America, and she served as a judge at the first Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival at the 2003 I-Con, the largest SF convention on the East Coast. She is the author of The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride, and is an award-winning screenwriter. Read Johanson's recent articles below. For her AWFJ.org archive, type "MaryAnn Johanson" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).