The Infidel
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A devoted Muslim family man experiences a hilarious identity crisis after discovering that he was adopted at birth, and his real name is Solly Shimshillewitz. Mahmud Nasir (Omid Djalili) is still grieving the recent death of his mother when he finds his birth certificate, and learns he was born to a Jewish mother. In order to embrace his heritage, Mahmud seeks the advice of drunken cab-driver Lenny (Richard Schiff), whose crash course in Judaism is more quirky than kosher. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"A multi-layered film with all sorts of surfaces, from rough to smooth and corrugated, but it's an enjoyable and colourful work which is inoffensive even while it is being irreverent"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Can't we all just coexist? The Infidel can't bring the laughs, but it's a subtle peek at scapegoating on all sides."
‑ Christian Toto, What Would Toto Watch?
"Often uproariously funny, this cross-cultural comedy brims with sharp dialogue and its ideas are sensitive and intelligent without being heavy-handed."
‑ Mark Demetrius, FILMINK (Australia)
"The truth comes out and the audience is left to wonder what it all means."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"An admirably cagey effort to mine humor from the thorny cultural and racial divide that is Muslim-Jewish relations."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Stand-up comic Omid Djalili is hilarious as Mahmud Nasir, the father and husband who discovers he is neither Muslim enough nor Jewish enough to satisfy anyone that matters, after discovering his hidden roots"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"This pleasing comedy more than makes do with the idea of conciliation -- it really, really just wants us to get along."
‑ Craig Mathieson,
"Omid Djalili, a standup comic, is in almost every scene, and his unflagging energy and commitment to the material is the movie's saving grace."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Some of the punch lines land better than others, and the script keeps them coming."
‑ Kent Turner,
"An amusing little film from Britain."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"The rest of us can take heart in charming little comedies like The Reluctant Infidel that stress our commonalities and make our differences something to laugh about."
‑ Paj Sandhu, Moviedex
"Soon blands out into the glib, ethnicky slapstick that is the regrettable stock in trade of Nia Vardolos."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
"For all the terrific throw-away lines, The Infidel plays like a TV show rather than a feature film, and a TV sitcom at that."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Funny and unthreatening, it's not subversive but it's plenty of fun."
‑ Liz Beardsworth, Empire Magazine
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