David & Layla Reviews

  • Oct 01, 2011

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

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

  • Mar 23, 2011

    It took a while to build up momentum, but it finally hit its stride in the last half of the movie. It was interesting to see the culture clash. The poor jokes were annoying and distracting from a good story.

    It took a while to build up momentum, but it finally hit its stride in the last half of the movie. It was interesting to see the culture clash. The poor jokes were annoying and distracting from a good story.

  • Cynthia S Super Reviewer
    Oct 14, 2010

    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.

    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.

  • Jun 10, 2010

    “David and Layla” is a romantic drama that explores the love between two people from very different cultural backgrounds. David Fine (David Moscow) is a Jewish guy and host of a show “Sex and Happiness” who spends his workdays interviewing people on the streets of Brooklyn. He is engaged to a domineering, Type- A personality, Abby (Callie Thorne), also a Jew. Things are moving along, not altogether satisfactorily (especially in his love life), when David sees a beautiful, exotic young woman walk down the street one day. The lady in question is Layla (Shiva Rose), a Kurdish refugee from Iraq who is living with her affluent relatives whilst she tries to figure out a way to get a green card – her visa expires in 30 days, and she faces deportation. David finds himself falling hard for Layla, and the story centers on their courtship and the problems that inevitably arise in a cross-cultural romance, especially considering that David is a Jew whilst Layla is a Muslim. Needless to say, both families are not too thrilled at the couple’s romance – David’s mother, Judith (Polly Fine) is a typical Jewish mother who is horrified at the prospect of getting a shiksa daughter-in-law, especially a Muslim! Peter Van Wagner turns in a fine performance as Mel, David’s laidback and empathetic father. The two leads share a credible on-screen chemistry that makes the viewer buy into the love at first sight premise (well for David at least). Shiva Rose (ex-wife of actor Dylan McDermott) is compelling and sexy as the lovely Layla who harbors within her a poetic and sensitive soul, who loves to dance and resorts to lying to her relatives (telling them she attends nursing school) whilst moonlighting as a traditional dancer in a local establishment. Unfortunately, so much is crammed into the storytelling, that not enough time is spent focusing on what draws Layla to David and vice versa, in terms of genuine feelings and depth of emotion. The story is packed with too many characters, and though the supporting cast does a good job, I felt this was a classic example of “too many cooks spoiling the broth”. The cultural differences are explored using humor – the scene where Layla attends Passover dinner at David’s house, bringing inappropriate hostess gifts is one among many scenes peppered throughout the movie. But, once again, this felt a bit derivative to me – if Layla truly loved David, then why did she not make the effort to find out what would make an appropriate Passover gift? Also, it felt to me like David was the one willing to make the most accommodations in the relationship. Ultimately, I thought the movie was a fun exploration of an inter-religious romance, but it does approach the story in an almost trivial manner – there is no real, genuine, in-depth exploration of the complexities inherent within such relationships. I should know, being in a cross-cultural marriage myself. Final verdict – a fun movie with generally good acting, and should make good entertainment for those who like rom-coms.

    “David and Layla” is a romantic drama that explores the love between two people from very different cultural backgrounds. David Fine (David Moscow) is a Jewish guy and host of a show “Sex and Happiness” who spends his workdays interviewing people on the streets of Brooklyn. He is engaged to a domineering, Type- A personality, Abby (Callie Thorne), also a Jew. Things are moving along, not altogether satisfactorily (especially in his love life), when David sees a beautiful, exotic young woman walk down the street one day. The lady in question is Layla (Shiva Rose), a Kurdish refugee from Iraq who is living with her affluent relatives whilst she tries to figure out a way to get a green card – her visa expires in 30 days, and she faces deportation. David finds himself falling hard for Layla, and the story centers on their courtship and the problems that inevitably arise in a cross-cultural romance, especially considering that David is a Jew whilst Layla is a Muslim. Needless to say, both families are not too thrilled at the couple’s romance – David’s mother, Judith (Polly Fine) is a typical Jewish mother who is horrified at the prospect of getting a shiksa daughter-in-law, especially a Muslim! Peter Van Wagner turns in a fine performance as Mel, David’s laidback and empathetic father. The two leads share a credible on-screen chemistry that makes the viewer buy into the love at first sight premise (well for David at least). Shiva Rose (ex-wife of actor Dylan McDermott) is compelling and sexy as the lovely Layla who harbors within her a poetic and sensitive soul, who loves to dance and resorts to lying to her relatives (telling them she attends nursing school) whilst moonlighting as a traditional dancer in a local establishment. Unfortunately, so much is crammed into the storytelling, that not enough time is spent focusing on what draws Layla to David and vice versa, in terms of genuine feelings and depth of emotion. The story is packed with too many characters, and though the supporting cast does a good job, I felt this was a classic example of “too many cooks spoiling the broth”. The cultural differences are explored using humor – the scene where Layla attends Passover dinner at David’s house, bringing inappropriate hostess gifts is one among many scenes peppered throughout the movie. But, once again, this felt a bit derivative to me – if Layla truly loved David, then why did she not make the effort to find out what would make an appropriate Passover gift? Also, it felt to me like David was the one willing to make the most accommodations in the relationship. Ultimately, I thought the movie was a fun exploration of an inter-religious romance, but it does approach the story in an almost trivial manner – there is no real, genuine, in-depth exploration of the complexities inherent within such relationships. I should know, being in a cross-cultural marriage myself. Final verdict – a fun movie with generally good acting, and should make good entertainment for those who like rom-coms.

  • May 09, 2010

    Eh, alright, a little too crude at parts, but I really did like the cultural aspect..

    Eh, alright, a little too crude at parts, but I really did like the cultural aspect..

  • jay n Super Reviewer
    Dec 23, 2009

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

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

  • Dec 03, 2009

    Based on a true story, true love has no barriers...

    Based on a true story, true love has no barriers...

  • Dec 02, 2009

    love it want to see it!

    love it want to see it!

  • Nov 15, 2009

    Sweet little movie based on an actual couple, a Jewish American who falls deeply in love with a Kurdish immigrant who only has 30 days before she is asked to leave the US. The eternal question.....what would you do for love comes up a lot as their respective familes balk at the prospect of their impending marriage. I hope other couples in similar situations as with this one....love defeats hate.

    Sweet little movie based on an actual couple, a Jewish American who falls deeply in love with a Kurdish immigrant who only has 30 days before she is asked to leave the US. The eternal question.....what would you do for love comes up a lot as their respective familes balk at the prospect of their impending marriage. I hope other couples in similar situations as with this one....love defeats hate.

  • Feb 22, 2009

    Really a 5.5/10, the road to formulaic romantic-comedy complications and ethic cliches is paved with good intentions in first-time filmmaker Jay Jonroy's cross-culture love story, which might as well be called My Big Fat Kurdish Wedding.

    Really a 5.5/10, the road to formulaic romantic-comedy complications and ethic cliches is paved with good intentions in first-time filmmaker Jay Jonroy's cross-culture love story, which might as well be called My Big Fat Kurdish Wedding.