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David & Layla (2005)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  21 October 2005 (USA)
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Star-crossed lovers, David & Layla- Romeo & Juliet in New York with a twist!. Inspired by a true story, a spicy romantic comedy...via Iraq & Jerusalem.


(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 Jay Jonroy, writer / producer / director

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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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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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21 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed watching David and Layla, it was a treat . I would recommend this movie for everyone. It is nowhere near your average silly predictable romantic comedy. The actors are amazing, the characters seem interesting and real. It's a captivating story is full of joy, but it doesn't forget about suffering. It manages to explore love, sex, pain, sorrow, family, passion, and hope in a nearly perfect balance. There are a lot of beautiful shots, the dancing is absolutely stunning. This delicious film is rich with flavor, music, and culture ...and oh yeah and I fell in love with Layla!


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