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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.


J.J. Alani (as Jay Jonroy)


J.J. Alani (as Jay Jonroy)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Moscow ... David Fine
Shiva Rose ... Layla
Peter Van Wagner ... Mel Fine
Polly Adams ... Judith Fine
Callie Thorne ... Abby
Will Janowitz ... Woody Fine
Alexander Blaise ... Francois
Ed Chemaly ... Uncle Ali 'Al'
Anna George ... Zina
Ken Kliban Ken Kliban ... Dr. Jacobson, vasectomy doctor
Albert Macklin Albert Macklin ... Dr. Susswein, the shrink
Hany Kamal ... Imam
Joseph Kamal ... Howar, Saz / Tanbur player.
Tibor Feldman ... Rabbi Rabinovich
Anahid 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


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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

15 February 2012 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Kosher & Halal See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,491, 22 July 2007

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

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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Cinema of Life!
7 August 2005 | by cmastronardiSee all my reviews

In a time when the term "Romantic Comedy" causes a gagging sensation to reflex from myself as I think of recent cliché Hollywood inventions such as "Must Love Dogs" and "40 Year Old Virgin", it is a film such as "David and Layla" that gives me cause to have faith; faith that a film can be topical, romantic, sincere, true to life and do so without tipping the balance of any essential element what so ever. The film is inspired by a true story and brings up many political issues that face our daily lives without ever giving the condescending preachy sense documentaries often engage upon. The humor is funny, and when I say funny I mean actually funny; because the characters feel real. Every character in this film is a gem. I myself am not of Judaic upbringing, but found the Jewish father to be hilarious and a favorite. The pacing of the film is just right, nothing lasts too long and not a second is to be missed. Towards the end of the film I had the urge to pee, the urge came and immediately went because the film sucked me right back in; JUST AS A GOOD FILM SHOULD DO, and yet so many films today don't. "David and Layla" inspires you, grabs you and tickles you all at once. It's a reminder of why we pay the 8-10 dollars to see a film. A fantastic film I'd gladly see again and recommend to anyone who loves the cinema of life!

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