(USA) RT: 84 Mins
Writer: Amir Ohebsion, Maz Jobrani
Director: Jonathan Kesselman
Cast: Maz Jobrani, Sheila Vand, Deanna Russo, Marshall Manesh, John Heard, Waleed Zuaiter, Navid Negahban, Chris Williams
A bumbling yet lovable Iranian immigrant named Jamshid Fakhredinpour aka Jimmy Vestvood (Maz Jobrani) wins the Green Card Lottery and moves to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming an American hero. Jimmy aspires to be a cool cop like his childhood idol, Steve McQueen in the movie Bullitt, but soon discovers that the best job he can obtain is as a security guard at a Persian grocery store. Through a series of comically fateful events, Jimmy's naiveté is exploited by a corrupt arms dealer (John Heard) and Jimmy unwittingly finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy to start World War III. With the help of his seventh cousin, Leila (Sheila Vand), Jimmy must save the day and avert the imminent war while keeping his overprotective mother in the dark.
"Jimmy Vestvood" playfully skewers American preconceptions of the Middle East and breaks new ground through its depiction of the first hero of Middle-Eastern descent in an American comedy.
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