The Infidel


Amiable movie or just a baggy sitcom?

Omid Djalili plays Mahmud, a Muslim mini-cab owner gob-smacked to learn he was born Jewish, imperiling his son’s marriage into a sternly religious family.

Amiable but soft-centred, this David Baddiel-penned comedy suffers an identity crisis as acute as its hero: it’s a baggy sitcom that thinks it’s a movie.

Omid Djalili’s rubber-faced likeability carries it some way, aided by Richard Schiff’s sour, wisecracking cabbie, coaching him in Yiddish and shrugging.

But it’s lacking the sharp story of East Is East, or the edginess of Four Lions – and the last act crumbles like a matzoh.

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