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Infidel [Import]

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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: New Video Group
  • Release Date: Oct. 26 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B003VWC12E
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The Infidel

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There was only one clever issue in the movie and that was the much publicized plot line that a Muslim man discovers that he is really Jewish. After that issue is revealed, there's not much else that takes place. In an effort to become Jewish, the poor fellow tries to learn Hebrew, tries to dress as a Jews, tries to eat Jewish cooking. But there's not much humour left, it could have been funnier but it wasn't. The only reason I bought this film was to see Richard Schiff as the taxi driver, he never disappoints so I"m satisfied with my purchase.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa26c287c) out of 5 stars 74 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa249c54c) out of 5 stars Highly recommended!! Oct. 9 2010
By Movie Marilyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Great movie. It jokes around with both Jews and Muslims, but never in a mean-spirited way. Good to see a movie representing moderate Muslims in some way on film - Americans need to see more of this. The British sense of humor is very sharp as well.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By BigMovieGuy - Published on Amazon.com
I saw this movie at the Tribeca FF 2010 and it's great. It's so funny. It takes on a really dangerous subject and makes it hilarious, and, in the later sections, moving. It's a comedy that has something to say. Plus you don't have to be Muslim or Jewish - I'm neither - to get the great gags!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa249c9cc) out of 5 stars Meshugganah comedy about a London Muslim Nov. 5 2010
By E. M. Van Court - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Mahmud's mother passes away, and while cleaning her house, he finds out he was adopted. And it gets better; he was born Solly Shimshillewitz. Oy vey.

A Londoner of Pakistani descent has a enough trouble; his dad past away a while ago and his mom just died, his son is marrying the step-daughter of radical imam, but his wife loves him despite his numerous flaws. Then he finds out he was born Jewish, and it is off to the rodeo as he tries to come to terms with his heritage and upbringing.

The more you know about both Jewish and Islamic culture, the funnier this movie will be. Mahmud nee Solly learning how to shrug properly, and his dream/nightmare sequence are worth the price of admission. It's only a movie, and a comedy at that, but it does hint at interesting dynamics in London Pakistani homelife, and the complexities of both cultures.

I enjoyed it a lot, but a lot of the comedy will pass by folks not familiar with the cultures involved.

E.M. Van Court
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa249cd5c) out of 5 stars Funny and poignant Nov. 20 2010
By Z Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I'm glad this popped up as an instant play title on a movie rental site I subscribe to. I wasn't quite sure what to expect with a title like "Infidel", with a man dressed in Muslim attire eating a bagel! Well I was pleasantly surprised and entertained - this is a movie that pokes fun at two different cultures but does so in an irreverent and funny manner.

Mahmud (comedian Omid Djalili) is a moderate Muslim who may not be fully observant but considers himself a true believer and takes pride in his family (wife, son, and young daughter). His mother's death brings a secret to light - Mahmud was adopted, and his birth name was Solly Shimshillewitz! This revelation predictably upsets Mahmud and causes him great confusion. What is he to do? Can he reveal his secret to his wife, children and close friends? Given the strife between the Palestinians and Israelis and the general climate of distrust between Muslims and Jews, how is Mahmud to reconcile his Jewish heritage and his Muslim identity?

Fortunately, Mahmud finds help in Lenny (Richard Schiff). Initially, both men are almost enemies, constantly bickering and fighting, but when Mahmud discovers his Jewish background, he turns to Lenny out of desperation. This results in some truly funny moments - Lenny teaching Mahmud how to shrug, how to say "oy vey", and prepares Mahmud for a 'rite of passage', accompanying Lenny to a bar mitzvah! This may all be funny, but there is also a sense of poignancy. Mahmud's efforts at getting in touch with his inner Jew has to do with his attempts to meet his dying Jewish dad who is in a nursing home.

Amidst all this, Mahmud also faces the problem of how to handle his son's impending marriage to the step-daughter of a radical Muslim cleric. The scene where the cleric comes to Mahmud's house to check his family out is one of the funniest in the film. Mahmud can't bear to think what will happen if his secret is found out...what is Mahmud/Solly to do? The acting by Omid Djalili is amazing, and he is able to credibly convey the comedic elements of his character's plight as well as the poignant moments. The portrayal of the Muslim and Jewish cultures is well done and though the movie does poke fun at both cultures, it is a balanced portrayal. The supporting cast is equally brilliant and the result is a farcical comedy that entertains.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa249ce94) out of 5 stars Culture Clash Comedy Played To The Rafters--An Inspired Idea Enacted In Overdrive Feb. 3 2011
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I appreciate any effort to highlight racial and religious hostilities in a comedic light. It's a difficult high wire act to address sensitive, and potentially offensive, topics through humor and so the fact that "The Infidel" does so overtly and aggressively was a pleasant surprise. Absolutely terrific in conception, I was wholeheartedly with "The Infidel" at the beginning. Played for over-the-top laughs by mining (almost cartoonishly at times) ethnic stereotypes, the film starts fast, funny, and unapologetically wrong (in a good way). It is, however, a frenzied and challenging pace to match and soon the picture began to wane as the comedy becomes a little forced and the sweetly accepting message starts to materialize. It's tolerance as preached by The Three Stooges--with its slapstick antics and requisite learning moments.

The basis for the film is absolutely inspired! A riff on social politics and an identity crisis comedy, we meet Omid Djalili as a Muslim family man. A modern Muslim, to be sure, but not progressive enough that he can help getting into a feud with a Jewish man (Richard Schiff) at the drop of the hat. As his son wishes to marry the daughter of an extremist leader, Djalili and family must prove their devoutness. But this couldn't happen at a worse time because Djalili discovers that he is adopted and Jewish! So funny, and played for big broad laughs, these are some of the finest moments in the film. Naturally, much cliche'd hilarity ensues as he tries how to learn how to be Jewish from Schiff in comedic montages. From here, the film ventures into love and understanding mode before wrapping things up with a rather tidy bow. Not a particularly revelatory journey, when all is said in done, but amusing throughout.

Everyone in the cast works very hard to pull off "The Infidel." The performers are a talented and appealing bunch--no more so than lead Djalili who has learned his buffoonish bluster from the masters! Ultimately, however, that's what it started to feel like for me--work. Everything was in overdrive and, as they say in the theater, played to the rafters. The outrageously funny moments gets watered down and become repetitive the longer the movie progresses. And the ending, with its easy and convenient denouement, erases any conflict with some magical plot constructions. I won't deny that seeing Schiff and Djalili spar isn't amusing because it is. I did think that this terrific idea of a film, however, relied too much on obviousness and not enough on cleverness. I look forward to the filmmaker's next effort as I think he's got much to say--but "The Infidel" (for me) started with a 4 star punch and ended in a 3 star, and very expected, finale. KGHarris, 2/11.

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