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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

Unrated,

Comedy

David Baddiel

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.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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An admirably cagey effort to mine humor from the thorny cultural and racial divide that is Muslim-Jewish relations.

June 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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An amusing little film from Britain.

May 7, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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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

November 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

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

November 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

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.

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Moviedex
Moviedex

Can't we all just coexist? The Infidel can't bring the laughs, but it's a subtle peek at scapegoating on all sides.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch?
What Would Toto Watch?

This pleasing comedy more than makes do with the idea of conciliation -- it really, really just wants us to get along.

September 16, 2010 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

Soon blands out into the glib, ethnicky slapstick that is the regrettable stock in trade of Nia Vardolos.

September 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

Often uproariously funny, this cross-cultural comedy brims with sharp dialogue and its ideas are sensitive and intelligent without being heavy-handed.

September 13, 2010 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

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.

September 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

The truth comes out and the audience is left to wonder what it all means.

June 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

Some of the punch lines land better than others, and the script keeps them coming.

April 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

Funny and unthreatening, it's not subversive but it's plenty of fun.

April 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The Infidel tackles an ambitious and sensitive subject in an impressively balanced manner, yet without ever managing to feel like it needs to exist.

April 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

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.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

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.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: News of the World
News of the World

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.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Astutely combining sharp comedy with complex political and theological issues, this film is packed with strong themes and vivid characters that keep us interested even as the plot drifts into silly slapstick.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Audience Reviews for The Infidel

Sometimes silly and terrible odd movie that could look like The Birdcage. Anyway, David Baddiel wrote a funny fresh comedy with a political background, without forget the subject of different types of faith.
August 6, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

The Infidel in a way is kind of like Four Lions. It's not as good as Four Lions but it's a good satirical film that pokes fun at not only the muslims but also at the people that dislike them. Decently made little film from Britain.
December 21, 2011
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

I'm sure a lot of people have been put off this film by the poster, that and the fact the words 'Comedy' and 'British' usually disappoint when it comes to recent mainstream comedy. There is really good British comedy out there, and here is the proof! So forget Notting Hill, East is East and all that crap, The Infidel is intelligent, daring but most importantly funny. Omid Djalili is as good as always and I must say it's nice to see him in a lead role and not as a stereotype in some Hollywood blockbuster. There are some good cameos here also from some great British comedians. When you can make people laugh using one of the most touchy subjects, you have done well. It was written by David Baddiel though so I'm not surprised, and even if you don't like him as a performer, you have to admire is brilliant writing. Watch this and laugh, then watch Four Lions and laugh some more because if you can't laugh what is the point, we're a funny lot us humans!
February 28, 2011
SirPant

Super Reviewer

The first 15 minutes are really funny. For those of you who have difficulty in understanding a British accent, some of the jokes may be difficult to truly enjoy. The Muslim and Jewish (primarily Jewish) stereotypes will make you laugh at loud, though. Unfortunately, the last 1/2 hour or so just seems to fizzle...with the ending being just silly. Still, all things said, its worth a view.
December 7, 2010
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

Movies Like The Infidel

    1. 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!
    – Submitted by Frances H (7 months ago)
    1. 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.
    – Submitted by Frances H (7 months ago)
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