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Goyband (2008)

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Not "everything" in this Casino is Kosher.


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Credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Apuzzo ...
Backup Dancer & Fan
Amber Baldinelli ...
Birthday Party Bolwer (as Amber Lee)
Aaron Balk ...
Jenelle Balk ...
Sarah Burns ...
Casino Guest
Lucky Diamond ...
Alana DiMaria ...
Eye to Eye Music Video Dancer


Goyband is a romantic comedy that fuses music and pop culture with a satirical (albeit gentle) look into Orthodox Judaism and Kabbalah. The word "Goy" is Yiddish for a non-Jewish male. In our story, Adam Pascal of "Rent" fame plays ex-boyband pop star, Bobby Starr. Bobby Starr is booked to headline the grand opening of the first Kosher Casino in the Catskills, (hence the title Goyband.) The reason Bobby gets this unlikely booking is that the daughter of the hotel owner, Rebekkah (played by Amy Davidson of "8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter") has a secret crush on him - hiring him to perform live at the hotel is her last act of rebellion before committing to her arranged marriage. Written by Chris Grimm and Christa McNamee

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"A gefilte fish out of water tale that's fun for the whole mishpucheh!" See more »





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There are two versions of the audience's reaction to Bobby Starr's revamped act: one where they all get up and dance, and the version in the film, where they are clap in unison. See more »


Bobby: Kabbalah like Madonna right?
Manny: No Madonna wouldn't know Kabbalah if it bit her on the tukish. Kabbalah is powerful Jewish magic.
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A fun film about the old Borscht Belt
16 March 2012 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

I love this movie. It was made with a low budget, yes, but it's more entertaining than most huge budget films, and it has a terrific cast! Adam Pascal is incredibly talented, and here he has enormous charm and humor as well.

Few films have captured the Borscht Belt days of the Catskill resorts as well as this one. "Mr. Saturday Night" with Billy Crystal also captures this era well. Sadly, most of these resorts have closed their doors now, but these films give a fun glimpse of the fabulous resorts that once nurtured generations of America's greatest comedians and musicians.

This movie is a fun way to spend a couple of hours, and you'll be glad you saw it. I don't understand why some people rate this great little movie so well. I suspect that this has more to do with those people wanting big, flashy Hollywood foolishness. As for me, I give this movie 10 stars for its clever story featuring truly talented actors and a nice, wholesome story that even a vulgarian like myself can enjoy!

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