Signature Move

Synopsis: Zaynab is a thirty-something Pakistani, Muslim, lesbian in Chicago who takes care of her TV-obsessed mother. As Zaynab falls for Alma, a bold and very bright Mexican woman, she searches for her identity in life, love and wrestling.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Jennifer Reeder
Production: Newcity
  4 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
80 min

(upbeat music)

Hina, can you get them

started on the visa process?

Of course.

Line one. It's Dr. Hassan.

Dr. Hassan, don't tell

me you've been arrested

for possession again.

I understand that,

but just because you didn't

intend to turn it into opium

doesn't mean that importing

poppy from Pakistan looks good.

(TV sounds)

(Pakistani drama dialogue)

(headphones blasting rap music)

I think I can help you.

Okay, awesome.

But there is one thing.

I'm not in a position

to pay you in dollars.

Go on.

Do you take other forms

of payment?



(Pakistani drama dialogue)

Uh, no, but they, uh, they

had some other mangoes, Mom.

They looked real good.

I don't know, a Desi

husband-wife couple, newlyweds.

You know, typical...

Visa issues.

Well, you could go back, Mom.

Or at least, I don't

know, leave the house?

It was good.


Yeah, I did.

I did that, I ran a few miles.

I, uh, worked out

with the weights.

I did a lot of crunches.

I'd prefer to be out.

Maybe that should be

enough for today, Mom.

Why don't we do something

else? Let's go for a walk.

Mom, your knees are

just going to get worse

if you don't use them.

That's how it works.

This is so dumb.

You know this is dumb, right?

This, this doesn't happen

in real life.

People don't randomly

get saved by strangers.

And they definitely don't

fall in love at first sight.

He's dead.

I'm sorry.

I'm sorry.

(motor running)


What is all of this?

Mm, new arrivals.

50 Ways to Eat a Beaver.

That is literally

about beavers.


What's all this?

New arrivals.

Hey, so what can I get you?

Oh, can I get a whiskey soda,

but in two separate glasses.

And a wedge of lime.

We don't have a wedge of lime.

Okay, no lime, but a straw.


Nice stack.


Uh, you too.


Uh, salud.

You're supposed to take a sip.

Salud, hey, uh, look

a person in the eye.

Are you a writer?

Oh, gosh no, I'm a lawyer.


Are you a writer?

Uh, no. I own a bookstore.

Hmm, and you like

to eat beavers.

I do.

I'd like to buy

the counselor here

a shot of my favorite tequila.

You sure got a lot

of favorites.

Reel it in, Milo.

[Milo] (laughs) Okay.

This is for you, dear.

This is for me.

To new arrivals.



To new arrivals.



That's, um, that's hot.

It's very hot.



Okay, eyes, eyes, eyes,

eyes, eyes.


- Woo.

- Woo.

This could've been something

This could've been

something baby

This could've been something

How you gonna stay

Where you gonna be somebody

Once you go away

I won't be needing anybody

My nights are turning

(Pakistani TV playing)


They don't know your worth

Tell 'em you're my girl

And anything you want

is yours

Passion, burning

Causing a rapture

of laughter

Pressure building

Falling faster and faster

If I told you that you rock

my world


(man on TV sings in Urdu)

(water running)

There's a bathroom

down the hall

if you need some privacy.

You just can't use

my toothbrush.

I'm just gonna go home now.

It was nice meeting you.

Thank you.

Don't get up, I'll just

let myself out.

[Woman] Mm-hmm.


Nuh-uh, that way.

(door creaking)

(floor creaks)

(helmet thuds)


Where were you last night?

Yeah for real,

I didn't even hear from you.

Out with a couple of friends.

With who?



[All Men] Ooh.



Who is that?

That's, um,

we'll talk about it later.

Mm-hmm, she's cute.

You better watch out.

Save your strength.

Watch your feet.

Step in the direction

you're going.

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