The Infidel (2010) - Comedy, Drama

Hohum Score

33

Bearable

An identity crisis comedy centred on Mahmud Nasir, successful business owner, and salt of the earth East End Muslim who discovers that he's adopted - and Jewish.

IMDB: 6.4
Director: Josh Appignanesi
Stars: Omid Djalili, Richard Schiff
Length: 105 Minutes
PG Rating: TV-PG
Reviews: 5 out of 37 found boring (13.51%)

One-line Reviews (21)

I love British comedies, and I have watched films like 51 State and East is East over and over again and are as entertaining as the first time I saw them.

Meanwhile, in the West, racism is wholly institutionalised, and takes on a more benign image, in the form of ceaseless uncontested wars, austerity measures, and the scapegoating of the unemployed, immigrants, impoverished etc. Here code words, euphemisms and innuendo are used to veil the racist message, but the aim is always the same: the diversion of blame and anger - anger about bad housing, no housing, war, boring work, no work, bad wages, pensions, conditions, job insecurity, no future, and so on - toward the Other, be he at home or abroad.

This film was a total waste of time for me.

Despite being fiction, the set up of the characters depicted were confusing and consequently hard to believe.

The film fails near the end as a sub plot of an Islamic cleric actually being a 80's pop star falling flat, but otherwise this is a very funny and entertaining film.

Enjoyable and thought provoking worth the watch.

Enjoyed it immensely, although some of the lesser characters seemed to be quite stereotypical.

Those on the loosing side are guilty of sloth, self-indulgence, and whining.

Wishful thinking meets liberal self-indulgence .

Some positive points, the climax was quite entertaining and the first 10 minutes were good to watch.

Richard Schiff's performance was far more compelling to me, probably because of my own background.

Not only does this provide some very funny moments as he explores Jewish life by befriending a neighbour, whilst hiding the truth from his family, but it also presents an entirely fascinating idea.

Hence, the camera was just filming dry witty dialogue exchanges of the same thing over and over again with limited change in camera angle, which made it boring.

It's a tricky subject to make a comedy out of, but by and large the makers have produced an enjoyable and observational pleasure.

Worth the watch!

My only complaints are that occasionally the film looked a bit rushed--such as the very contrived ending.

But The Infidel's biggest weakness is its contrived and less than fully functional script: a proud Muslim man discovers he's actually Jewish.

We see a tabloid-reading woman in a full burqah with a wonderful east-end/Scottish/cockney accent, an engaging imam who has a ready interpretation of how the modern faithful may deal with homosexuality, and the prevalent use of the internet as a means for modern Muslims to keep current and in-touch.

So it's sad that the script is ponderous, a little lazy, and really lacking in the laughs department.

Of course their best interaction comes in the form of a montage, the most predictable method.

Like I say, contrived to the nines.