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David & Layla (2005)

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Star-crossed lovers, David and Layla - Romeo and Juliet in New York with a twist!. Inspired by a true story, a spicy romantic comedy...via Iraq & Jerusalem.


(as Jay Jonroy)


(as Jay Jonroy)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Fine
Abby, David's fiancee
Mel Fine
Judith Fine
Woody Fine
Uncle Ali "Al"
Zina, Uncle Al's wife
Ken Kliban ...
Dr. Jacobson, vasectomy doctor
Albert Macklin ...
Dr. Susswein, the shrink
Yun, immigration officer
Howar, Saz / Tanbur player.
Anahid ...
Aunt Aftaw Khan


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? Written by J.J. Alani aka J Jonroy Alani, writer / producer / director

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


From an impossible romance, a hope (or a fantasy!) for peace. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

21 October 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kosher & Halal  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$14,491 (USA) (20 July 2007)


$120,750 (USA) (14 March 2008)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film is inspired by a true love story. Married since 1990, the real David & Layla now live in Paris. They flew to New York to meet the cast and the crew during the production of this film. The real Layla designed Layla's wedding dress. She is the guest with green eyes and dark hair who is one of the Kurdish dancing women in bright golden orange gilet, during the wedding. Her husband, the real David, plays himself as the new vasectomy patient who answers to his real name, David Ruby, and gets the appointment with Dr. Jacobson. See more »

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A must see
8 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw a screening of this film at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. The film was a refreshing deviance from a lot of the more heavy handed political films out there. David and Layla succeeds in capturing a new type of emotion indicative of both lead characters and their lifestyles which are ethnically diverse but similar in that they share this common bond of living in an American city where one can stay true to their roots but be free spirited as well. The film was an entertaining experience containing many truths. Jonroy skillfully manages to blend love, politics and comedy whilst keeping the overall theme grounded in reality. Additionally, one should not miss the stand out performances of Ed Chemaly and Will Janowitz.

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