REVIEW: THE INFIDEL
L.A. Weekly calls Omid Djalili’s comic persona ―like Homer Simpson, but Muslim,‖ and his laugh-packed Springfield is the new film, The Infidel. Djalili (NBC’s upcoming The Paul Reiser Show) stars as Mahmud Nasir, a moderate Muslim who discovers a shocking surprise about his identity. Richard Schiff (The West Wing) and Matt Lucas (Little Britain, Alice in Wonderland) also star in this outrageous farce written by British comedy legend David Baddiel and directed by Josh Appignanesi. “The two leads make a terrific comedy team,” says The Hollywood Reporter, “with Djalili’s deadpan style of physical humor perfectly complementing Schiff’s hilarious, fast-paced
SYNOPSIS: Meet Mahmud Nasir (Omid Djalili, Sex and the City 2), loving husband, doting father and something of a “relaxed” Muslim. He may not be the most observant, but in his heart he is a true Muslim. After his mother’s death, Mahmud finds his birth certificate, which reveals that he was adopted at birth and… he’s Jewish, with the real name of Solly
As Mahmud tumbles headlong into a full-scale identity crisis, the only person he can turn to is Lenny (Richard Schiff, The West Wing), a drunken Jewish cabbie. Soon Mahmud is embarking on lessons in Jewishness, starting with how to dance like Topol and the proper way to say “oy vey.” This revelation couldn’t come at a worse time, with Mahmud’s son about to marry the stepdaughter of a radical Muslim cleric. Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife) and Matt Lucas (Little Britain) join the cast of this hilarious “English farce meets Woody Allen” (Ricky Gervais)..
The single disc comes stuffed with irreverent bonus features, including a commentary with the director and cast, making-ofs, interviews and behind-the-scenes featurettes..
Commentary with Director Josh Appignanesi, writer David Baddiel, and actors Omid Djalili and Richard Schiff
Director and Cast interview
Infidel Religious Jokes.
Infidels in Conversation.
David Baddiel’s Video Blog.
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