The Infidel (2010)
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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 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.
It's just such a crying shame that after a promising initial burst of energy, The Infidel runs out of steam as it heads mind numbingly into we-are-all-the-same-underneath territory.
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.
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.
A Muslim Who Just May Be Jewish! The movie revolves around the life a London cab driver Mahmud Nasir, a decent, easy-going family man of very moderate Islamic views (he does not pray five times a day, nor fast every single day in the month of Ramadan and he occasionally has an alcoholic drink) who finds out that he was adopted and his biological parents are actually Jewish when his mother dies. Understandably upset by the threat this truth might bring to his normalcy, Mahmud hides the truth from his wife and from a son who's about to marry the step-daughter of a radical Pakistani cleric and for the lad's sake, Mahmud is prepared to pretend to be a devout Muslim. During this period Mahmud questions his identity and goes into a cathartic phase until logic prevails and he reaches a firm conclusion of who he is and what it means to be Mahmud Nasir. Omid Djalili does a great job and his portrayal of the man torn between two ideas is natural and funny, as he explores the Jewish life by enlisting the help of a rival cabbie driver and American Jew who tries to teach him the Jewish traditions, to pass himself off as a parodic Jew so he can get past a protective young Orthodox rabbi (Matt Lucas) and get to see his elderly ailing birth father in a Golders Green old people's home. The Infidel provides some very funny moments and the cultural and religious clashes are hilariously depicted. The film explores this with wry humour which makes it easy viewing, and we note the prevalent use of the internet as a means for modern Muslims to keep current and in-touch. This movie reveals that we have some cultural heritages that don't always get along, but we're all just people and we have to share this world for better or for worse.
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