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  • Summary: The Iran Job follows American basketball player Kevin Sheppard as he accepts a job to play in one of the world’s most feared countries: Iran. With tensions running high between Iran and the West, Kevin tries to separate sports from politics only to find that politics is impossible to escape in Iran. Along the way he forms an unlikely alliance with three outspoken Iranian women. Thanks to these women, his apartment turns into an oasis of free speech, where they discuss everything from politics to religion to gender roles. Kevin’s season in Iran culminates in something much bigger than basketball: the uprising and subsequent suppression of Iran’s reformist Green Movement – a powerful prelude to the sweeping changes across the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring. (Paladin Films) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Oct 10, 2012
    83
    The sports drama gives The Iran Job a strong hook, while the cultural context enriches the movie's real story, which is less about Sheppard's life in Iran than about the people he meets.
  2. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Sep 27, 2012
    80
    One of those documentaries that is sad and hopeful in equal measure and exceptional in its storytelling.
  3. Reviewed by: David DeWitt
    Oct 12, 2012
    70
    This observant documentary avoids pedagogy; it's not always artful, but it has a relaxed, light touch that never topples into pretension.
  4. Reviewed by: Odie Henderson
    Mar 27, 2013
    63
    The description sounds like a real-life fish-out-of-water tale crossed with a sports movie. But the film wants to be more than that, and I'm on the fence about how well it succeeds.
  5. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Oct 9, 2012
    60
    The documentary's technique of cutting between warm exchanges and the bellicose rhetoric of then-presidents Ahmadinejad and Bush wears thin with overuse, but the big-hearted Sheppard makes for an amiable tour guide.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Sep 25, 2012
    60
    Although it presents itself as merely the story of a professional basketball player named Kevin Sheppard, who, never quite making it to the NBA, has spent his career playing in lesser leagues overseas, The Iran Job ends up being quite a bit more: an underdog sports story, a fish-out-of-water tale, and an outsider's perspective on Iran's almost-revolution of early 2009.
  7. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Oct 12, 2012
    38
    Though there's something refreshing, and disturbingly familiar, about Kevin Sheppard's spontaneity, he's certainly not the most interesting thing about the film.
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