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 Talas best friend Ali. Tala sees something unique in the artless, clumsy, sensitive Leyla who secretly works to become a writer. And Talas forthright challenges to Leylas beliefs begins a journey of self-awareness for Leyla. As the women fall in love, Talas 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 mothers expectations, ditching Ali and being honest with her parents about her sexuality. When Ali and Leylas 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.
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This review is from: I Can't Think Straight (Amazon Instant Video) It was a fun movie to watch. I laughed alot. a great movie! I really liked the actors and all
The main characters are:Tala - a Middle Eastern woman living in London; She is just about to get married to a rich Middle Eastern man. She has been engaged 3 times before and has broken off the engagements just before marriage. Her family hopes this marriage will go through.Leyla - a 16-year-old British Indian woman living in London (The actress is obviously not 16 and whenever the dialogue mentioned she is 16, I found myself surprised. She looks late 20s/early 30s.)I liked the movie, but I think there is a bit of room for improvement. Character development was lacking and the plot line jumps around a bit making you feel a bit lost at times. But - with that said and the fact that there are not many decent lesbian movies out there - I think this movie is definitely worth watching.The two women meet on a double date to play tennis. Instantly there is competition and challenge between them. Tala is the one who comes across as a billy to the younger Leyla. I felt like the two women were disliking each other and then all-of-a-sudden they are going away together staying in the same hotel room. And then they have a few moments of dancing together in the hotel room and then there is kissing and desire. It seemed to come out of nowhere. I think the author thought the competition was the smoldering embers of desire, but it didn't seem that way to me.The love scene between the two women is a collage of images of the two of them kissing and caressing. Nice to watch, don't get me wrong, but I would have preferred a real love scene that showed a blooming of their passion along with some hesitation about what they were getting into. Considering this was Leyla's first sexual experience with a woman (and maybe even with anyone) she seemed right at home with what was unfolding and had no hesitation about what to do. I can see that the director did not necessarily want this to be a coming-of-age movie, but there could have been a moment or two spent to show the epiphany of Leyla's realization that she is a lesbian.I give the movie a lot of artistic license and forgive a lot of the plot shortcomings because the actresses are both very attractive and there is chemistry between the two actresses.Both of the women are very privileged and come from rich families. Their heritage plays into the difficulties with family expectations in pursuing a lesbian lifestyle. But the fact that both of their families are filthy rich and that each of the women's fathers adore them help to cushion their coming out experience and make it relatively easy. Easier than Tala would have you believe.All in all, a good watch but not on my top 10 list.
I love this movie, I really do. I have seen it many, many times and would LOVE to own it. But the cover art on the current DVD is so trashy and sleazy (and deceptive) that I CANNOT bring myself to make the purchase; I cannot support what seems to be a clear effort to sell this movie with sex when sex is really not what the movie is about. It has so very many merits, and I would love to see someone transfer a few of those to the cover. Movie's not about sex kittens. I think the cover art demeans what takes place between the two characters (not to mention the rest of the film), transforming it into something lustful which is a complete betrayal of the film. Somebody change the cover art and you will have a new customer; you will probably have many new customers. And fewer disgruntled customers who, from the cover, purchased this movie thinking it was something that it isn't.I Can't Think Straight
This review is from: I Can't Think Straight (DVD) This is a crisp cinematic joy. The cinematography is fresh with a twist of other-worldly. The locations chosen for this film were a perfect backdrop to the romantic scenes. Great choice in cast and, obviously, crew. Every cast member is an exceptional actor/actress, as well as visually appealing. The director and crew must have been well matched as there are no bloopers in this perfectly flowing cinematic delight. The timing is right on. I love the synergy of cultural display. Capturing that first love and all of the emotions that come with it is a tremendous feet for any actress, but having the audience believe you are truly falling in love with a woman as a newly realized lesbian is a feet that both actresses achieve with flying colors. I give this movie a meeeoow of approval.
It is nice to see a positive lesbian main stream movie made. Unfortunately the trailer was more interesting then the movie. Secondly I would have like to have known what would have happen after they got together.
This movie is about facing your fear and going for what you want out of your life. You got to see it to understand my meaning of the movie.
I enjoyed 'I Can't Think Straight' (which i think is a very clevertitle indeed given the content of the film). It raises the issue oflesbianism but in the context of Indian culture. Arranged marriages anda mother who is wanting to marry you off to the most suitable husband.Usually the man who comes from the most prestigious family, who is verysuccessful, tall, very hansom, etc. All because the mother of thefamily wanting to marry off their daughter wants to gain some financialsecurity and prestige for the family. (Or at least this is how it hasbeen portrayed to me in the film). But what about if the daughter isgay? Much harder to imagine I feel, and 'I Can't Think Straight'portrays this matter very well. The movie is full of alluringcinematography and well constructed dialogue. Particularly I found,when the characters of Lisa Ray and Sheetal Sheth go for their ramblein the park. This is an especially elegant scene but the whole filmscreams decoration and harmony. The acting from the main characters isspot on and they must have received clear direction from Shamim Sarif.Some of the minor character's acting is quite poor and does not dojustice to the script. but on the whole, it makes little difference tothe story.
THE BEST MOVIE I EVER WATCHED IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.LISA AND SHEETAL HAD PORTRAYED THEIR ROLE AS SO REAL. I LOVE TALA SO MUCH...
This review is from: I Can't Think Straight (Amazon Instant Video) Great film, well done, good story and tasteful. Also very relevant and current story line. Believable and bold, I enjoyed it!
While I'm sure that the vast majority of male viewers of this film willhave come to it because of how easy on the eye the two lead actressesare, but for me I came to it because I had heard that it was a quitecharming little film about culture clashes and coming out. From theoutset there is certainly a degree of charm that comes with the ratherglossy sheen on the total production and certainly the performances aremostly geared towards "light" material rather than anything toocomplex. It also, having an autobiographical content, comes over aswarmly sympathetic to the two protagonists Â a feeling that it easilyallows the viewer to share. However, none of this is enough to make itas good as it could have been, mainly because of the problems with thematerial.The film is very short and this combines with some awful dialogue tomake everything feel very superficial. While some of the scenes betweenTala and Leyla are touching and intimate, some of them have all thesubtly and realism of set-up dialogue in a p0rn film. Leyla is welldone as more reserved and laid back but Tala is too forward and rushed,making everything happen suddenly without any indication that either ofthe two women are having any sort of inner though process at all. I wassurprised because I had heard some good things about it but at times Iwas half expecting one of the characters to start saying things like"oh, my, look my shirt has come undone" and other clunky lines Â truthbe told it is sometimes not far from that.This does really hurt the film but not alone Â "helping" it alone isalso a lack of real development in the characters and situationsthemselves. Everything is little more than words and I never got thesense of much below the surface Â again surprising since the film issupposed to be based on the maker's real life experiences. Perhapsbecause of this, the performances tend towards being a bit wooden andreally only manage to do more because of the performers themselves.Sheth is probably the stronger of the lead two because she has the mostvulnerability to her character and is on the most interesting journey;she does this well. Ray is not so good. Her performance plays thinkstoo strong and confident and there is no discovery to her, no smallsteps and no real sign of anything going on below the surface. Togetherthey make a very attractive couple but their performances and theirdialogue limits their chemistry. The supporting cast are mostly prettystiff and unconvincing, hurting the narrative but also fudging theoccasional attempts at humour.Overall I Can't Think Straight is a nice idea that is done with acertain amount of charm, but not enough to cover the problems with it.The lack of depth and complexity (even in basic ways) are what hurts itbecause it turns what could have been an interesting and touching filminto one that is overwhelmingly superficial in its design and delivery.Still a nice film but could and could have been so much more.
This is one of the best romantic movies I've ever watched. It's veryentertaining, lovely and funny. The main actors are great. They havegood chemistry on screen.I've never really watched a lesbian movie (until I watched ICTS andTWU) because I always had a wrong notion about it. But after watching ICan't Think Straight, I fell in love with it. Well I guess it's not badat all to watch a lesbian film even if you're not one! The movietackles some issues on religious beliefs, different cultures, gender,political issues, and family traditions. But bottom line is, it's astory about two people of different backgrounds who fall in love.What makes this movie very likable aside from the good acting isbecause the main actors, Lisa Ray and Sheetal Sheth are both verycharming and feminine. So whether you're a guy or a girl, you willsurely want to watch these 2 gorgeous actors on screen. Their lovescenes are hot too! The music played on this movie is amazing! This is a movie recommended mostly to open-minded people. But I wouldalso recommend this to those who are "not so open-minded andunaccepting". Maybe watching this movie will change some of your wrongnotions about people of the same sex falling in love, or maybe thiswill give you a better understanding about other people's feelings.For me the movie is a bit short, only 80 minutes. But I would stillgive it a 10 for the ratings.Superb romantic movie!!
I'm not an expert reviewer, but since this particular movie only has one review, I thought I'd throw my two cents in. The other reviewer already wrote a synopsis of what the movie is about, so I'm not going to focus on the plot very much. What I am going to focus on is how this lesbian-genre movie holds up as a whole compared to others.I feel like I've seen MANY different lesbian films, being the fan I am, and as much as I looked forward to this movie coming out, I found myself very disappointed. I'm not sure what it was exactly, but the acting in the movie just wasn't very good for one. Although, the two leading ladies did a very good job. In fact, if you like Lisa Ray and Sheetal Sheath, I recommend watching the lesbian film, "The World Unseen", in which they also star. That movie, by far, moved me and entertained me more in terms of the better plot and more believability than this one did. I'd rate this particular movie along with "Imagine Me & You" and "Gray Matters", although I found myself not really caring about the lead characters as much as I did in those two movies. Another great, but slightly underrated lesbian movie to watch is "Nina's Heavenly Delights". I found myself thinking of that movie while watching this one because of a few similiarities and wishing I felt for the characters as much as I did while I was watching "NHD's".I'm not saying "I Can't Think Straight" is horrible. Growing up in a time of very limited lesbian genre movies, it's nice to see a movie in favor of lesbian relationships even as cliched as this one is. I was mildy entertained, but I knew exactly what was going to happen after twenty minutes into the movie. Perhaps, it's just my biased opinion based on the many different kind of lesbian films and my particular taste in films, but if you're in the mood for a light, quirky, fun-for-the-family (Well, maybe not the WHOLE family...) movie, this one will do. If you're interested in something deeper then "The World Unseen", "Nina's Heavenly Delights", "If These Walls Could Talk 2", and "Loving Annabelle", are the lesbian movies for you.
This film is incredibly accurate in it's portrayal of the plight one faces, when falling in love, means coming out. It's a very sweet movie and is hilarious! I've watched it over and over and it's funny every single time. You become very attached to the characters as you watch the film. You are along for the emotional roller coaster ride and you're keeping your fingers crossed for a happy ending. Great movie. I love it! One of my all time favorite lesbian films.
This review is from: I Can't Think Straight (DVD) I love this movie, I watch it at least once a day. So well played and written. A must see for all. I just wanted so much more. This couple is amazingly beautiful and sentual, wish this one had a part 2
This review is from: I Can't Think Straight (Amazon Instant Video) Such a great movie, dealing with culture, religion, sexual orientation and the struggles to overcome these obstacles to be comfortable with who you are! I loved this movie! I think many people can relate.
I just ordered this DVD a few minutes ago. From reading the comments and the 4 1/2 star rating, this movie must be worth to buy, see, and keep.
This review is from: I Can't Think Straight (DVD) at the opening of the movie , you would not know it,was going to about two beautiful young ladies that find love with each other.the problem start with there familys and there separate cultures,making the descion they did, it was not easy, but this show is also a comedy!keep your eye on the housekeeper/maid, she helps the show with her comedy ways,the music for the show was so exciting and well made.if you like this movie and interested in watching the two young ladies again, i suggest "WORLD UNSEEN"
This review is from: I CAN'T THINK STRAIGHT (DVD) If you ever wanted a movie that makes you laugh and think about how certain issues are thought about in a different culture, than this is your movie. The funny part is that the movie transcends culture basis and really makes you look at family dynamics all around with humor and patience. A love story with ups and downs but a happy ending of being true to yourself and your loved ones.
This review is from: I Can't Think Straight (DVD) This movie was absolutely beautiful. Wonderful acting, great love story of defiance and how difficult it is sometimes to just follow your heart. Both women are lovely, intense actresses and I could not look away for the duration of the movie. The cinematography was wonderful, the scenery magical, and the themes of rebellion, love, following your heart, and ultimately being happy with who you are make this an inspirational film and a must-see!
This review is from: I Can't Think Straight (Amazon Instant Video) Didn't think much of this one as a movie, but a glimpse of the various paper doll "thems" of the TV news as actual people with their own points of view is always worthwhile.