I Can't Think Straight (2008)

I Can't Think Straight (2008)
  • 7662
  • PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release year: 2008 ()
  • Running time: 82 min
  • Original Title: I Can't Think Straight
  • Voted: 7662

A 2008 romance film adapted from a same name novel about a London-based Jordanian of Palestinian descent, Tala, who is preparing for an elaborate wedding. A turn of events causes her to have an affair and subsequently fall in love with another woman, Leyla, a British Indian.

1Lisa RayTala
2Sheetal ShethLeyla
3Antonia FreringReema
4Dalip TahilOmar
  • A lighthearted movie with real substance by 9

    I recently saw this movie screened at USC. Since I was going for extra credit in a gender studies class, I expected it to be awful. I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised. The only issue I had with it was an awkward transition from Tala's engagement party to the first scene with Leyla. Overall, the movie was very entertaining, with well developed characters and plot, while at the same time dealing with the issues lesbians face in different cultures in a very effective manner. I strongly recommend this movie to anyone with an open mind and a sense of humor.


  • Keep it in context by 8

    This movie, if you have watched "The Making Of I Can't Think Straight," is autobiographical.

    It is based upon a true story of Shamim Sarif's life, or at least a part of it.

    In doing that, do you expect her to be politically correct or present it the way it was? I prefer the latter It's how it was for her and her partner, not how it should be in a perfect world. For a first time director, I think she did a good job. It's not a great movie, but it is entertaining. You can't deny the chemistry between the two main characters, either.

  • Awesome film! by 10

    Amazing. I loved it so much. The two main actresses were fantastic, very talented young women. The chemistry between the two of them was phenomenal. The suspense they created just held you right there, watching the film and unable to turn away. Moving from Jordan to England, the settings created a background to an incredibly unique film not only about coming out but also about religion, family and culture. It was pretty much just a wonderfully unique film, that gave an entirely new perspective on things and that should be applauded over and over again. The characters were hilarious- all of them. From the maid, to sisters to boyfriends and parents, all the characters complemented each other perfectly and the entire film had me laughing and crying the entire time. Absolutely fantastic!!

  • But some of my best friends are Lebanese! by 7

    The absolutely gorgeous Indian actress Lisa Ray (Vancouver critics named her Best Actress for Water) plays Tala, an upper class Jordanian of Palestinian origin, whose family lives in London, and who is about to get married.

    She meets Leyla, played by Sheetal Sheth, the first Indian-American actress to appear in Maxim. She plays an Indian Muslim who also lives in London.

    Clearly, the casting of the leads is meant to appeal to audiences that wouldn't normally watch a lesbian film, even one that is billed as a romantic comedy. They are both accomplished actresses, but they are also very attractive.

    Not only do we get a film about becoming aware of one's sexual identity, but one about Arabs and Jews, Christians and Muslims, and, most importantly, family and acceptance.

    Leyla tells her parents that she is gay. Her mother flips out, but her father is extremely supportive. Tala calls off, what is it her 5th, wedding, but does not immediately tell why. The family is used to her changing her mind at the last minute.

    When she does, the maid (Nina Wadia) does a little dance, as the mother treats her so badly that she spits in her antacid when she brings it.

    You knew how it was going to end, but the journey was a real pleasure.

    It's PG-13, so there won't be any nudity, just kissing and touching.

  • Highly Enjoyable Love Story by 10

    If this were simply a story about your average, every day, star crossed lovers, one might describe it as a "chick flick". It is a romance with some comedic elements, but I doubt it can honestly be called a "romantic comedy". Instead, it is a rather simple love story that, toward the end, threatens to leave the viewer hanging. The characterizations by the two lead actresses is stunning and highly believable. They do not play their roles over the top, but in a somewhat subdued manner that is consistent with the behavior of women from their respective cultures. Even so, Tala (played by Lisa Ray) is something of a maverick in her opinions, outlook and something of a problem for her family even before she meets Layla. I fell in love with both the characters early in the film and they took me on an enjoyable ride.

1Aseem Bajajcinematographer
2Raiomond Mirzacomposer
3Shamim Sarifdirector
4David Martineditor
5Hanan Kattanproducer
6Kelly Mosswriter