David & Layla (2007)

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

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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 orphaned when Saddam Hussein's troops gassed the rest of her family. She now lives with relatives in Manhattan, and (unbeknownst to the kinfolk, who believe she's a nursing student) supports herself by collecting under the table for a slightly suggestive dance act - the warm-up for a local belly dancer. With deportation looming, Layla looks for an out; a customs official suggests a marriage of convenience, but that soon becomes unnecessary when Layla meets David and deep, abiding love blooms. . . to the horror of both families.
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R (for sexual content, some language and brief drug material)
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Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Cast

David Moscow
as David Fine
Peter Van Wagner
as Mel Fine
Polly Adams
as Judith Fine
Will Janowitz
as Woody Fine
Ed Chemaly
as Uncle Allie "Al"
Alexander Blaise
as Francois
Ken Kliban
as Dr. Jacobson
Albert Macklin
as Dr. Susswein
Hany Kamal
as Imam
Tibor Feldman
as Rabbi Rabinovich
Ali Farahnakian
as Dr. Ahmad
C.S. Lee
as Yun, Immigration Officer
Jason Catalano
as Waiter at Newroz Restaurant
Angel Sing
as Mr. Wong
Izzy Ruiz
as Solo
Alex Hoffman
as Newroz
Dorit Elena
as Belly Dancer
Anahid
as Aunt Afta Khan
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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.

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 30, 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

This is a cute story about people from two very different backgrounds finding love and making it work.

Heather Metzger
Heather Metzger

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.
Cynthia S.

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
Leo L

Super Reviewer

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