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As Mahmud tumbles headlong into a full-scale identity crisis, the only person he can turn to is Lenny (Richard Schiff, The West Wing), a drunken Jewish cabbie. Soon Mahmud is embarking on lessons in Jewishness, starting with how to dance like Topol and the proper way to say oy vey. This revelation couldn t come at a worse time, with Mahmuds son about to marry the stepdaughter of a radical Muslim cleric. Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife) and Matt Lucas (Little Britain) join the cast of this hilarious English farce meets Woody Allen (Ricky Gervais).
DVD Features: Audio Commentary with Director Josh Appiganesi, Omid Djalili, Richard Schiff, and writer David Baddiel; Interviews with the Cast and Director; Viral Trailer; THE INFIDEL Blog; Cast Gag Reel and Talk
Top Customer Reviews
A Londoner of Pakistani descent has a enough trouble; his dad past away a while ago and his mom just died, his son is marrying the step-daughter of radical imam, but his wife loves him despite his numerous flaws. Then he finds out he was born Jewish, and it is off to the rodeo as he tries to come to terms with his heritage and upbringing.
The more you know about both Jewish and Islamic culture, the funnier this movie will be. Mahmud nee Solly learning how to shrug properly, and his dream/nightmare sequence are worth the price of admission. It's only a movie, and a comedy at that, but it does hint at interesting dynamics in London Pakistani homelife, and the complexities of both cultures.
I enjoyed it a lot, but a lot of the comedy will pass by folks not familiar with the cultures involved.
E.M. Van Court
Mahmud (comedian Omid Djalili) is a moderate Muslim who may not be fully observant but considers himself a true believer and takes pride in his family (wife, son, and young daughter). His mother's death brings a secret to light - Mahmud was adopted, and his birth name was Solly Shimshillewitz! This revelation predictably upsets Mahmud and causes him great confusion. What is he to do? Can he reveal his secret to his wife, children and close friends? Given the strife between the Palestinians and Israelis and the general climate of distrust between Muslims and Jews, how is Mahmud to reconcile his Jewish heritage and his Muslim identity?
Fortunately, Mahmud finds help in Lenny (Richard Schiff). Initially, both men are almost enemies, constantly bickering and fighting, but when Mahmud discovers his Jewish background, he turns to Lenny out of desperation. This results in some truly funny moments - Lenny teaching Mahmud how to shrug, how to say "oy vey", and prepares Mahmud for a 'rite of passage', accompanying Lenny to a bar mitzvah! This may all be funny, but there is also a sense of poignancy. Mahmud's efforts at getting in touch with his inner Jew has to do with his attempts to meet his dying Jewish dad who is in a nursing home.
Amidst all this, Mahmud also faces the problem of how to handle his son's impending marriage to the step-daughter of a radical Muslim cleric.Read more ›
The basis for the film is absolutely inspired! A riff on social politics and an identity crisis comedy, we meet Omid Djalili as a Muslim family man. A modern Muslim, to be sure, but not progressive enough that he can help getting into a feud with a Jewish man (Richard Schiff) at the drop of the hat. As his son wishes to marry the daughter of an extremist leader, Djalili and family must prove their devoutness. But this couldn't happen at a worse time because Djalili discovers that he is adopted and Jewish! So funny, and played for big broad laughs, these are some of the finest moments in the film. Naturally, much cliche'd hilarity ensues as he tries how to learn how to be Jewish from Schiff in comedic montages. From here, the film ventures into love and understanding mode before wrapping things up with a rather tidy bow. Not a particularly revelatory journey, when all is said in done, but amusing throughout.Read more ›
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This movie caught me off guard. I did not expect much from it but it was very well done and very funny. Highly recommendedPublished 3 months ago by Jose F. Rodriguez
I liked it; Omid's portrayal of his character is effortless and authentic. The film depicts on many cultural nuances in a humorous manner without being offensive. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kxg269
Let's not listen to wierdos with beardos!
This is the ultimate message delivered by this family friendy fun film about a life long Moslem who suddenly discovers that his... Read more