DVD Review by Kam Williams
Headline: Jew Woos Muslim in Romeo & Juliet-Style Sitcom
David Fine (David Moscow), the nerdy and neurotic host of a public access TV show airing in NYC called “Sex and Happiness,” is being pressured by his parents (Peter Van Wagner and Polly Adams) to marry Abby (Callie Thorne), a rich Jewish-American Princess with a nose job, breast implants and a Porsche. Unfortunately, there’s a major attitude that comes along with that attractive package, since the self-absorbed fitness freak refuses to go on the pill or to satisfy him orally, and she also wants him to have a vasectomy.
That doesn’t sit well with David, who’s been seeing a shrink for six years to deal with erectile issues due to his fear of condoms. Therefore, it’s no surprise when he falls in lust at first sight with an exotic beauty (Shiva Rose) who turns his head on the street one day.
Layla is a Kurdish refugee whose entire family was gassed by Saddam Hussein. However, she wasn’t granted permanent asylum in
Yet, she does sense a certain chemistry with David, the awkward stranger who has taken to stalking her while followed by his French cameraman (Alexander Blaise). Eventually, she entertains his overtures only to discover that he’s a Jew, a potentially controversial combination when it comes time to win the approval of her Muslim relatives.
This incendiary formula sets in motion David & Layla, a cross-cultural comedy set in
My Big Fat Kurdish Wedding!
Very Good (2.5 stars)
Rated R for language and sexuality.
Running time: 106 minutes
Studio: Vanguard Cinema
DVD Extras: Director’s commentary, deleted scenes, “The Making of” documentary, film clips, TV spot and a theatrical trailer.