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Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero

In this broad satire, the title character (Maz Jobrani) wins a green-card lottery and immigrates from Iran to Los Angeles with his overprotective mother to pursue his dream of becoming an American cop like Steve McQueen in the movie Bullitt. Instead he becomes a security guard at a Persian grocery store and, after meeting a corrupt arms dealer, the unwitting participant in a conspiracy to start World War III. In the style of Borat, director Jonathan Kesselman and cowriters Jobrani and Amir Ohebsion use raunchy, puerile humor to jab at American prejudices toward the Middle East (Jimmy is immediately identified as a jihadist by cable channel Kox News), and the Iranian hero, though absurdly naive, is quite likableā€”a rarity in American media.

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