David & Layla (2007)



Critic Consensus: Earnest and well-intentioned, "David & Layla" stumbles over itself too often to achieve its goals.

Movie Info

This warm and breezy romantic comedy from director Jay Jonroy explores an interracial romance between the unlikeliest of partners: a Muslim refugee and a New York Jew. David Fine (David Moscow), the host of a Big Apple man-on-the-street TV show called "Sex and Happiness," never expected to meet and fall in love with a Middle Eastern immigrant - particularly given his marital engagement to a Jewish partner, Abby (Callie Thorne). But his path soon intersects with that of Layla, a young woman … More

Rating: R (for sexual content, some language and brief drug material)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jay Jonroy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 24, 2009
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as Judith Fine

as Woody Fine

as Uncle Allie "Al"

as Dr. Jacobson

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as Mr. Wong

as Belly Dancer

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Critic Reviews for David & Layla

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (12)

Jay Jonroy, who wrote and directed David & Layla, has come up with some potentially funny material that doesn't quite work.

Full Review… | March 7, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Anyone can grasp the issues explored in Jonroy's comedy, and occasional missteps are easily forgiven when something new (along with a feast of great-looking food) is being brought to the table.

Full Review… | October 5, 2007
Seattle Times
Top Critic

David and Layla is proof, if proof be needed, that good intentions just aren't enough.

Full Review… | September 20, 2007
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

David and Layla isn't going to solve any problems -- it's got way too many of its own.

Full Review… | August 31, 2007
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Humor and politics finally converge in what the story is all about: finding the good in those different from you. It's a happy ending that can be enjoyed by all.

August 3, 2007
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Writer-director Jay Jonroy is better with atmosphere and visuals than with dialogue.

August 3, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for David & Layla

I really enjoyed this movie. Funny, smart and romantic...a perfect chick flick in my opinion. I didnt even realize until the end that it was a true story.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Culture clash comedy/drama with a good lead performance by David Moscow, Caricatures abound though.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Fascinating movie. Great story plot that centralizes around two young individuals, David and Layla. David first sees Layla on the streets, and is instantly mesmerized by her beauty. Using his TV show as a forefront, he spends each day trying to meet her and strike up a conversation. Layla is unimpressed at first, but it is until one night when David tries an act of awkward chivalry that has him ending up at the brunt of a broom attack. The onslaught allows him to finally be recognized, but it is only the beginning in his adventure of pursuing Layla despite the differences of religions, personal views and opinions of families and friends where attraction grows into love and affection between the two. Great cast- David Moscow, Shiva Rose McDermott, Callie Thorne, Polly Adams, Peter Van Wagner, Ed Chemaly, and Anna George. Tons of humor. Definitely worth seeing!

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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