Amira & Sam

November 27, 2016 - Comment

To help adjust to coming home from war, Sam Seneca (Martin Starr, Silicon Valley, Freaks and Geeks, Knocked Up), a former Green Beret, takes a stab at a life-long dream: stand-up comedy. He also lands a high-paying job working for a Wall Street firm, run by his cousin Charlie (Paul Wesley, Before I Disappear, The

To help adjust to coming home from war, Sam Seneca (Martin Starr, Silicon Valley, Freaks and Geeks, Knocked Up), a former Green Beret, takes a stab at a life-long dream: stand-up comedy. He also lands a high-paying job working for a Wall Street firm, run by his cousin Charlie (Paul Wesley, Before I Disappear, The Vampire Diaries). Amira (Dina Shihabi) fled Iraq after her brother was killed by U.S. soldiers. She s an illegal immigrant, living with her uncle Bassam (Laith Naklil, The Visitor), who was Sam s interpreter.

Amira has a run-in with the police, so Sam takes her under his wing. Despite their differences, Sam and Amira share a common bond as outsiders. The more time they spend together, the harder it is for them to combat their feelings for one another. Meanwhile, Sam becomes entangled in Charlie s investment scheme and Amira s trouble with the law escalates to the brink of deportation. As the film builds to a climax, Sam has an epiphany: in order to save Amira from being deported, he s forced to risk everything he fought so hard to defend.

Comments

AR says:

Great casting and nuanced writing make this a must-see rom com even for people who don’t like rom coms 3 1/2 stars. The two leads have great charisma and presence; I rooted for their romance. The acting all around was good. What I didn’t like was the profanity and crass sexual references, unfunny dirty jokes, etc.- completely gratuitous, adding nothing. I also didn’t find the many jokes in the film funny, I think I laughed once. I’m sure most Muslim viewers will find Amira’s behavior and appearance unrealistic and distasteful. And what’s up with Sam visiting his Iraqi friend in his home,…

Anonymous says:

I love the simplicity of this storyline…but more importantly, I love Martin Starr. I was a fan as a young person from freaks and geeks when it aired…was really mad when it suddenly didn’t show up anymore. Thank you Netflix for allowing me to see the rest of the episodes, albeit 18 years later… anyway…Martin, you are handsome, your voice is attractive, and your aloof, yet genius character on Silicon Valley is a very real interpretation of the “quiet, super secure uber brain, that…

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