The Reluctant Infidel

The Reluctant Infidel

The Reluctant Infidel

British comedy about Mahmud (Omid Djalili) who may not be the most observant Muslim, but is a true believer deep down. Scandal strikes when he learns he was adopted, and what's more: his birth mother was Jewish. And his given name was Solly Shimshillewitz! As Mahmud tumbles into a full-scale identity crisis, a comedy of religious errors unfolds.

Written by British comedian and author David Baddiel. Also stars Little Britain's Matt Lucas.

2010105 minsUK
ComedyDrama
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Reviews & comments

funny

very funny, takes potshots at all races/religions but in a humorous light, all peoples can live peacefully together if they understand each other's similarities and differences

5.0
0

Wasted opportunity at a provocative satire

This felt like a satirical comedy which constantly skirted with projecting an important message of identity and religion, without ever really being daring enough to really challenge it's audience and break out into something profound. It was all just so "safe", never a word I would want to hear in cinema or in such a subject in particular. Where...

2.0
0

Fans of British will enjoy

Those fans of dark British humour will enjoy this one. It had some really funny moments but the ending got a bit silly. I genuinely enjoyed it though and would recommended it to anyone that tends to take themselves too seriously

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

The Infidel takes some all-too-predictable detours into moralizing and sentimentality, but remains consistently sharp as long as it sticks to its acerbic tone and saucy comic sensibility.

0
TVNZ

TVNZ

press

The Reluctant Infidel is cross cultural comedy at its very best - and occasionally at its most predictable.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

There are titter-worthy moments, but it’s too strenuously measured to really bring the house down.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The director, Josh Appignanesi, has a nice sense of comic timing, slipping in some of the best jokes when you least expect them.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A would-be provocative satire that too often settles for sitcom-grade silliness, The Infidel represents an opportunity wasted.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Funny and unthreatening, it's not subversive but it's plenty of fun.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

The Infidel takes some all-too-predictable detours into moralizing and sentimentality, but remains consistently sharp as long as it sticks to its acerbic tone and saucy comic sensibility.

0
TVNZ

TVNZ

press

The Reluctant Infidel is cross cultural comedy at its very best - and occasionally at its most predictable.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

There are titter-worthy moments, but it’s too strenuously measured to really bring the house down.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The director, Josh Appignanesi, has a nice sense of comic timing, slipping in some of the best jokes when you least expect them.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A would-be provocative satire that too often settles for sitcom-grade silliness, The Infidel represents an opportunity wasted.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Funny and unthreatening, it's not subversive but it's plenty of fun.

3.0
0

funny

very funny, takes potshots at all races/religions but in a humorous light, all peoples can live peacefully together if they understand each other's similarities and differences

5.0
0

Wasted opportunity at a provocative satire

This felt like a satirical comedy which constantly skirted with projecting an important message of identity and religion, without ever really being daring enough to really challenge it's audience and break out into something profound. It was all just so "safe", never a word I would want to hear in cinema or in such a subject in particular. Where...

2.0
0

Fans of British will enjoy

Those fans of dark British humour will enjoy this one. It had some really funny moments but the ending got a bit silly. I genuinely enjoyed it though and would recommended it to anyone that tends to take themselves too seriously

3.0
0