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Detroit Unleaded (2012)

Detroit Unleaded (2012)

EJ AssiNada ShouhayibMike BatayehMary Assel
Rola Nashef


Detroit Unleaded (2012) is a English,Arabic movie. Rola Nashef has directed this movie. EJ Assi,Nada Shouhayib,Mike Batayeh,Mary Assel are the starring of this movie. It was released in 2012. Detroit Unleaded (2012) is considered one of the best Comedy,Drama,Romance movie in India and around the world.

A fresh take on boy-meets-girl comedy set in Detroit. Sami runs his immigrant family's gas station with his cousin Mike, a charismatic hustler with dreams of expanding into an unleaded empire. More than just a pit stop for late-night gas and rolling papers, their station is where a steady stream of unforgettable and often hilarious customers flow through. When a gorgeous "up-do girl" named Najlah comes to deliver cheap long-distance phone cards, Sami quickly falls for her from behind the bulletproof glass. Afraid her overprotective brother Fadi will disapprove, Najlah begins an under-the-counter romance with Sami, making his shift anything but routine.


Detroit Unleaded (2012) Reviews

  • A real first!


    Aww-right! A Deetroit rom-com with Arabs! What could be cooler? Actually, not much. Forget Clint Eastwood and "Gran Torino". Detroit is hip and multicultural despite the ghetto image. Ms. Nashef's first feature, almost certainly the first comedy focused on Arab-Americans, is must-see for anyone with a Detroit connection. However, everyone will enjoy this story of the unlikely courtship of a 20-ish fellow who inherits his father's gas bar under unfortunate circumstances and his sassy, bright girlfriend, both from Dearborn's Arab-American community. It is an often hilarious take on how the second generation balances the traditional mores of their immigrant parents with mainstream American values. Wrapped all night in his plexiglass "cage" in his gas station, Sami (E.J. Assi) dreams of Naj (Nada Shouhayib), and gradually woos her through all night talk and flirtation under the counter (and, no, she is not that kind of girl!). Along the way there are whacked out but also surprisingly friendly encounters with his largely African- American customers, despite the plexiglass wall. Ms. Nashef doesn't hide the ghetto where the station is located (actually near East Grand Boulevard and Woodward), nor does she exaggerate or stereotype it. She has a fine comic touch (my favourite scene is when Naj and her girlfriends drive to the gas bar to check out Sami after a night of surreptitious and forbidden clubbing), but also displays her characters' confusion and inner conflict in a heartfelt fashion. In the Q&A after the film at the Toronto International Film Festival, Ms. Nashef said that she kept religion out of the film -- indeed, there are no hijabs in sight -- in order to focus on the Arab immigrant experience; this renders the film somewhat artificial, however. The movie flies along but winds up a bit too quickly, my only gripe with otherwise flawless pacing. When asked after the movie how her rather untraditional career has been received by her community, she said that she has had terrific support from her family but "my mom still wants me to get married". Hey, she's a catch, and given her talent and drive, she will be a rich one, too.

  • A plodding but different rom com that ends like an abrupt brick wall


    I kept waiting for this movie to get better. I was enjoying the fresh culture explore for Arab Americans, and the tension from gangs in the street outside and the film in perpetual darkness sets a gritty tone. But in the end, this is a movie about setting up a camcorder to film a guy working a gas station. He makes coffee. He hands out smokes. He falls asleep (multiple times) on the job. He has regulars come in, not so regulars, and strung out crack heads. As we'd expect. The quick attraction between the two stars is a little forced. We are somehow led to believe that two of the most attractive people in their community do not have a partner, and that they will fall instantly in love. A bit closer to Alladin's Lamp than reality, really. The movie tension builds around the all-important cultural taboo of Arab women dating men (before when, they are spinsters???) and the near desperate measures their male family members will go through to stop it (and yes, it's heavily sexist). The two beyond-attractive lover-slash-supermodels have their secret 'love affair', which mainly involves sleeping and hanging out on the shelves below the cash register. Yes.. And Thats It. That's the movie. The brother catches them, nothing happens, and the two lovers drive off into the sunset, to apparently make their fortune on their extremely meagre wages. Got to the end and realized... I'd just wasted my life watching video of a guy running a gas station. And then nothing.

  • Refreshing!


    Detroit Unleaded offers a refreshing and light-hearted take on the traditional "boy meets girl" story. The main character, Sami, is working at his family's local gas station in Detroit when he first meets Najlah. But, in true romantic film fashion, Najlah worries that her old brother would not approve of the potential relationship. What makes this film such a hidden gem and true fresh of breath air is the realistic chemistry between the two main characters on screen. The fact that first time director Role Nashef filmed and casted in Detroit adds a lot of genuine cinematography and middle-eastern cultural background to the storyline. There's a particular scene when a character in the gas station tells a customer "…if you get to a red light, it's Detroit. Keep going!" I thought this scene was hilarious! It captured the cultural setting of Detroit and humor of the film in one great line. It's a wonderful thing to see new and upcoming filmmakers creating films that exhibit a genuine sense of honesty and charm. Looking forward to Nashef's next directorial effort!


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