The Infidel (2010)
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Meet Mahmud-Nasir, loving husband, doting father and something of a "relaxed" Muslim. He may not be the most observant, but in his heart he is as Muslim as it gets. After his mother's death, however, a discovery turns Mahmud's world upside down. He finds his birth certificate which reveals that not only was he adopted at birth -- but he's Jewish, and his real name is Solly Shimshillewitz! As Mahmud tumbles headlong into a full scale identity crisis, the only person he can turn to is Lenny, a drunken Jewish cabbie who agrees to give him lessons in Jewishness, which start with how to dance like Topol. Oy vey. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Infidel
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.
The truth comes out and the audience is left to wonder what it all means.
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.
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.More
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.More
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!More
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.More
The Infidel Quotes
- 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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