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That, uh, David Schwimmer. He's, uh, Jewish, isn't he?
He's got enough money to be, boss.
Yeah, that's it, Wasif. Yeah, you're right. Rich Jewish wankers.
They're all Jews on American TV. The whole country's run by Jews. It's basically the United States of Israel.
Exactly. Yeah. Yeah, bloody Jews.
And what about all that? People of the book, aren't they?
People of the chequebook more like.
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While I did laugh and smirk at this film a few times, it is far from the best comedy I've seen in movies. The interplay between the characters is often well written and there are really some inspired moments (the young daughter's jihaddist language was hilarious!) But the humor sometimes asks you to stretch your suspension of disbelief a little too much.
What I thought was really worthwhile in this film was the portrayal of some modern Muslims and their families and community. We see a tabloid-reading woman in a full burqah with a wonderful east-end/Scottish/cockney accent, an engaging imam who has a ready interpretation of how the modern faithful may deal with homosexuality, and the prevalent use of the internet as a means for modern Muslims to keep current and in-touch. This film deals with issues that are very very important and shows how everyday people respond to them in a very open way.
And I think comedy, if it's done properly, is really the best way to approach these issues in media. This movie does break down some barriers, by showing that, yes, we have some very definite cultural heritages that don't always get along, but we're all just people and we have to share this world for better or for worse.
I would definitely recommend this for any audience. Parents will want to know there is adult subject matter and a lot of adult language. The racist language is an integral part of the story and adds, rather than detracts from the work.
You don't have to be any certain faith to laugh or cry. The Infidel shows this.
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