The Infidel (2009)
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A devoted Muslim family man experiences a hilarious identity crisis after discovering that he was adopted at birth, and his real name is Solly Shimshillewitz. Mahmud Nasir (Omid Djalili) is still grieving the recent death of his mother when he finds his birth certificate, and learns he was born to a Jewish mother. In order to embrace his heritage, Mahmud seeks the advice of drunken cab-driver Lenny (Richard Schiff), whose crash course in Judaism is more quirky than kosher. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
May 5, 2010 Wide
Oct 26, 2010
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Tthis thing plays like a cheeky Brit-com blown up to feature length, with a thin coat rack of plot to hang the ethnic humour on, and a wish to offend without being offensive.
An admirably cagey effort to mine humor from the thorny cultural and racial divide that is Muslim-Jewish relations.
A multi-layered film with all sorts of surfaces, from rough to smooth and corrugated, but it's an enjoyable and colourful work which is inoffensive even while it is being irreverent
Stand-up comic Omid Djalili is hilarious as Mahmud Nasir, the father and husband who discovers he is neither Muslim enough nor Jewish enough to satisfy anyone that matters, after discovering his hidden roots
The rest of us can take heart in charming little comedies like The Reluctant Infidel that stress our commonalities and make our differences something to laugh about.
Can't we all just coexist? The Infidel can't bring the laughs, but it's a subtle peek at scapegoating on all sides.
This pleasing comedy more than makes do with the idea of conciliation -- it really, really just wants us to get along.
Soon blands out into the glib, ethnicky slapstick that is the regrettable stock in trade of Nia Vardolos.
Often uproariously funny, this cross-cultural comedy brims with sharp dialogue and its ideas are sensitive and intelligent without being heavy-handed.
Omid Djalili, a standup comic, is in almost every scene, and his unflagging energy and commitment to the material is the movie's saving grace.
For all the terrific throw-away lines, The Infidel plays like a TV show rather than a feature film, and a TV sitcom at that.
Some of the punch lines land better than others, and the script keeps them coming.
The Infidel tackles an ambitious and sensitive subject in an impressively balanced manner, yet without ever managing to feel like it needs to exist.
A laugh-along moral drama that brings a great big dose of enlivening absurdity and comic brilliance to a taboo subject, the hostility between British Muslims and Jews.
The Infidel's got some great gags -- most of which have a stand-up routine kind of feel -- but a hopelessly contrived climax saps it of any real satirical bite.
The film slugs along, never bad, exactly, but never funny either, and as it works towards its vaguely farcical resolution, it starts to resemble every other lame Brit-com.
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- Mahmud Nasir/Solly Shimshillewitz: Give me a break! You find out you're Jewish and suddenly some bloke in a uniform is taking you away!
- Mahmud Nasir/Solly Shimshillewitz: For men women are like a buffet. You don't want to sit down until you've piled your plate up as high as possible.
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