The Infidel (2010)

Being a fan of both David Baddiel, since The Mary Whitehouse Experience days, and Omid Djalili, I hunted around for a cinema showing The Infidel, written by David Baddiel.

Telling the story of a Muslim man that discovers he was born a Jew may seem to be sensitive subject matter. Not to Baddiel and Djalili. Omid Djalili plays Mahmud Nasir with jump-out-of-the-screen-gusto. He is as wonderful on film as he is on stage. Overacting, over-reacting and evoking so much laughter that I had some considerable belly cramps during the film.

Alas, despite the fact that this is one of the funniest films this side of the millenium, Baddiel struggles with script structure and feasibility issues. The ending is hokey and feels rushed and most of the film is fairly predictable with no character layering at all. Oh my word, I'm hating having to say this but I have to be honest. I am a big fan of Baddiel and this film is absolutely hilarious and handles race and religious issues with ease but the structure is still weak.

I would highly recommend this for no other reason than it's really, really funny. In other words, it does what it says on the tin. Maybe also because today's society needs a little humour regarding Jewish and Islamic relations.

Everyone should see this, but it shouldn't be taken to seriously. I would actually say (forgive me David), buy it on DVD instead. I predict it will be a great TV hit in the near future.



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