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Sparks fly when a Jew and a Muslim fall in love in New York. David, a TV host of "Sex & Happiness", becomes smitten with the voluptuous Layla - a mysterious, sensual dancer. Layla turns out to be a Muslim refugee. Teased by specious tips from his ironic French cameraman, David madly pursues Layla. This sets off a veiling and unveiling of the similarities - and contrasts - of their ancient cultures. David's lust grows into love as he discovers in stunning Layla, a sensitive, intelligent, war survivor with an ancient rich culture that echoes his own culture. But their families are dead set against this unlikely romance. Faced with deportation, Layla must choose: Muslim American Dr. Ahmad or Jewish American David? Will David and Layla follow their hearts to blast through centuries of religious animosity?
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 19
- Fresh: 10
- Rotten: 9
- Average Rating: 5.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: An earnest, frequently funny comedy about stateless persons and the looming cliches that make Muslims and Jews so wary of each other. Completely accessible and non-threatening.
Fresh: Though it's no Romeo and Juliet, David & Layla is an offbeat cross-cultural romance with a positive message.
Rotten: Jay Jonroy, who wrote and directed David & Layla, has come up with some potentially funny material that doesn't quite work.
Rotten: David and Layla isn't going to solve any problems -- it's got way too many of its own.
When Kosher Meets Halal: A Spicy Rom-Com with a Cultural Twist!
David & Layla can best be described as Woody Allen with a contemporary cultural twist. This is a feat hard to pull off, and on that basis, New York-based filmmaker Jay Jonroy does a bang-up job with his first feature. Its got the goods: acid-tongued one-liners (You are our guest! No one's going to Google you! and "She's an orphan?!"...a few that spring to mind that would make Paul Rudnick jealous), razor sharp observations of cultural differences, and a game cast...Shiva Rose is sizzling, Will Janowitz from "The Sopranos" shines as David's gay brother, and Callie Thorne (Rescue Me) steals every minute she's in as the David's jilted fiance. Let's face it: a Jewish-Muslim romantic comedy in lesser hands runs the risk of being a cringe-inducing My Big Fat Greek ripoff. But Jonroy skillfully finds humor and gives his leads great material to work with. David Moscow (yes the one who starred opposite Christian Bale in Newsies..he doesn't have Bale's chiseled physique but makes up for it in boyish charm)..And back to the MY BIG FAT comparison...Shiva Rose is more of an eye candy than Nia Vardalos. Jonroy made a wise move and casted two well-known but not totally recognizable leads for D&L, this really plays up the Based on a True story aspect and grounds the story in a very real NYC. All in all, Jonroy has lovingly crafted a palatable/believable love story that does not insult its audience. It's a real treat.
This is a great movie, if you like indie films this is the way to go! The acting was great the story was fun and fascinating and I personally enjoyed it!
Brilliant film by new talent Jay Jonroy. Excellent cinematography, diverse music score, stellar performances. Stay in with your girl tonight and watch this. Truly an experience.