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Detroit Unleaded

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Rola Nashef

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About the Movie

A new and award winning American film, DETROIT UNLEADED is a hilarious and fresh boy-meets-girl urban comedy set in Detroit. When an ambitious young man, Sami, is forced to take over his family’s gas station after the shooting death of his father, his life changes in unexpected ways. Behind the bulletproof glass, Sami reluctantly runs the family business with his cousin (Mike Batayeh from “Breaking Bad”), a charismatic hustler with dreams of expanding into an unleaded empire. Within this unique Detroit neighborhood, their gas station becomes more than just a pit stop for rolling papers and fake perfume, but a place where a steady stream of spirited characters come and go with humor and heart. When a gorgeous "up-do girl" named Najlah comes to deliver cheap long-distance phone cards, Sami quickly falls for her. Afraid her overprotective brother Fadi will disapprove, Najlah begins an under-the-counter romance with Sami and his shift becomes anything but routine.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 15
  • Fresh: 10
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 5.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "Detroit Unleaded" is about as gentle as comedies come these days, commendably so. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Nov 21, 2013

Fresh: Lebanese-American helmer Rola Nashef delivers a lively slice-of-life in this mainstream-friendly romantic comedy largely set at a Detroit gas station. – Alissa Simon, Variety, Nov 22, 2013

Fresh: [The characters] feel not like types but, rather, like diverse individuals. – Nick Schager, Village Voice, Nov 19, 2013

Rotten: Big of heart but small of impact, the Arab-American rom-com "Detroit Unleaded" has all the kick of watered-down ethanol. – Kyle Smith, New York Post, Nov 22, 2013

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Customer Reviews

An Enjoyable 90 Minutes

I really liked this movie and the glimpses of Detroit were a bonus. An enjoyable 90 minutes and fun music to boot. Glad I took a chance on this one.

Awesome film

Took a chance on a local movie, I'm from the suburbs of Detroit, and I loved it! Great diverse cast that delivers in all aspects..great shots from throughout the Detroit area! Highly recommend!!


I am so happy I saw this film. I loved the subtle comedy, especially the scene with all the girls in the car and every scene with the cousin, Mike. He was hilarious. My favorite part of the film would have to be that every character had a well-rounded personality, from the smallest roles to the main characters, which made the film feel very real. Overall, a great independent comedy that offered something different and fresh.

Detroit Unleaded
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2013

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