Thursday, December 3, 2009

David & Layla DVD



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 America and has just 45 days to marry a U.S. citizen or else face deportation. She lives with her Aunt Zina (Anna George) and Uncle Ali (Ed Chemaly) who have found her an eager suitor in Dr. Ahmed (Ali Rehza), a successful dentist originally from Kuwait. The fly in the ointment is that Layla is reluctant to tie the knot with a guy she has no feelings for.

 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 Brooklyn in 1990. The story is based on the real-life experiences of David Ruby and Alwand Jaff, both of whom make cameo appearances here in minor roles. The film’s fundamental question is whether this latter-day Romeo and Juliet will follow their hearts or simply stick with the more appropriate mates.

                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.

No comments: