Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)
What Happens When a Muslim Finds out He Was Adopted and Born Jewish
THE Reluctant Infidel may poke fun at Jewish-Muslim relations, but it's a film people of any culture could find hilarious.
The Brits are known for their sharp comedy and this film farce is a fine example of why. Director Josh Appignanesi pushes the boundaries a just enough to cause some serious debate, but then not enough to cause offence.
Well, not too much.
Our hero is Mahmud Nasir (played by comedian Omid Djalili), a bumbling Muslim cab driver in East London and the father of two children with his stern but loving wife (Archie Panjabi).
Often seen lounging around listening to '80s pop songs in a soccer shirt, activities like reading the Koran and practising his faith are not high on Mahmud's list of priorities. Regardless, his entire life perspective is shattered by a startling discovery as he is packing up his late mother's possessions.
He was adopted and born Jewish.
The following full-blown identity crisis sees Mahmud grappling with his two faiths, aided by his American-Jewish neighbour Lenny (Richard Schiff).
The takes holds no prisoners, gleefully jumping on topics such as big noses, being cheap, the Jewish shrug, Fiddler on the Roof-style dancing and Bar Mitzvahs. …