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January 31, 2016
A hilarious film with a great story and cast.
August 5, 2015
This film presents a unique take on the modern issue of multiculturalism, and it's not the kind of film to pull punches either. The film's plot centres around a Muslim man who leads an ordinary life until he discovers that he was, in fact, born to Jewish parents, and his subsequent journey to understand his roots and find his true place in a multicultural world proves to be both hilarious and fascinating. The characters are certainly entertaining, even if they sometimes come across as a bit stereotypical, though this could be purely for the purpose of satire. Omid Djalili's character often comes a Muslim Homer Simpson, and for once, I can think of this as positive, because it gives the viewer a fresh, honest perspective. Some of the jokes seem a bit crude, but the rest are comedic gold. The film itself is filled with social commentary, balanced with a good script well enough that its message doesn't come across as heavy-handed, and it culminates with a satisfying ending.
½ July 25, 2015
Not the goofy slapstick comedy that tends to be squeezed out when they jump on a rising comedian's bandwagon. Applies decent self-deprecating humour with sincere conflict of identity and exploration of the Muslim and Jewish faith. Ending is a bit too ridiculous for feasibility and the comedy is not quite laugh out loud quality but the majority of material amongst the anti-Semitic and anti-Islamic humour suffices. A less funny 'East is East' would be the best comparison.
½ February 21, 2015
I'm not sure what was disturbing, the fact that I understood all 3 facades depicted (moderate,conservative Islam and Judaism in general) or the blatant irony of it all. Seen in my perspective with the background raised, I find the pretense of this ironic tragedy a hilarious take on the current/ongoing state of affairs. Though sadly, the romantic punjabi influence did not kick off smoothly near the end.
February 19, 2015
(19%)
A British comedy littered with famous TV faces (or at least to those who live in the UK anyway) that does at least try and bring the divisions in religion a little closer together, but sadly when it comes to being funny this is lacking by quite a big margin. Omid Djalili is a likeable, funny guy who tries his best with his oddball, at times highly obnoxious character, while the premise was there for this to be at least a decent watch with plenty of bite. So it's sad that the script is ponderous, a little lazy, and really lacking in the laughs department. I counted two maybe three minor sniggers in the whole film which isn't enough by any stretch. There are some decent bits in among the drab, messy script, but not enough to make this a recommendation.
February 18, 2015
Some bad acting... But Schiff is great :-)
February 11, 2015
Frenetic, sometimes clever and funny, and at others a bit silly and over done. Worth sitting through if you can, although irritating at times, it's more intelligent than it first appears.
January 7, 2014
shows religious understanding and peace
December 20, 2013
Very funny indie comedy about a British Muslim man who finds out that 1) he is adopted and 2) his birth parents were Jewish. While much of the humor comes from playing w/ various stereotypes, it comes across as good-natured and inoffensive, and never seems to be at the expense of either group. The overall theme is tolerance and co-existence while also exploring the issue of identity. The ending is a tad contrived but doesn't take away from the enjoyment of the film. Great stuff with a very likeable cast. There is especially good chemistry between the title character Djalili and Schiff, his Jewish neighbor. Overall, really worth a look.
December 15, 2013
Vincenzo Mazzocca anche questo beo, in programmazione ora
September 10, 2013
A very funny movie that, even better, is an argument for tolerance and holds fanaticism up to the ridicule it deserves as pure hypocrisy. Loved it. Omid Djalili and Richard Schiff are a great comedy team.
½ August 17, 2013
A funny little British dramedy about a Muslim man who finds out he was actually born Jewish.
½ June 26, 2013
Absurd satire that shows that any kind of religious radicalism is just bad.
June 22, 2013
I wish it could have ended some other way. The rest was fine, nothing to complain about. :)
½ March 27, 2013
When it starts, you nearly have the idea the film is going to be a muslim remake of "Meet the parents". For our luck, in the end it's not, and also if it is a light and enjoyable comedy, deal with some interesting points.
March 16, 2013
Too obvious and crude.
March 14, 2013
A funny film about a man who has a conflicting history of cultures in his family. Pokes harmless fun at the bitterness between religions, Omid Djalil plays his part well and supplies a great deal of comedy and wit. All in all a strange feel good film that is both hilarious and entertaining.
½ February 16, 2013
Terrible! Whoever thought this was a good idea to make should never work in film again.
February 16, 2013
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