David & Layla
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

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"Jay Jonroy, who wrote and directed David & Layla, has come up with some potentially funny material that doesn't quite work."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"David and Layla isn't going to solve any problems -- it's got way too many of its own."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The picture takes its time in developing momentum; once attained, it becomes a watchable, optimistic cri de coeur."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Film Journal International
"A spread-thin but likable concoction that sets out to be a cross-ethnic romance, an explicit sex farce, a sober statement of the plight of the Kurdish people and, I think, a plea for world peace."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"The effect is not a rich film with a wide range of tones as the director may have intended, but a schizophrenic mess that ends up working as neither social message movie nor entertainment."
‑ Jim Hemphill, Reel.com
"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."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"The road to formulaic romantic-comedy complications and ethic clichés 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."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"So clumsily made that even its hopeful message can't make it go down pleasantly."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"David and Layla is proof, if proof be needed, that good intentions just aren't enough."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"Writer-director Jay Jonroy is better with atmosphere and visuals than with dialogue."
‑ Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"My Big Fat Muslim Wedding!"
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"Rather than a real drama about these things, David & Layla plays like '70s-era sitcom."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
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