The Reluctant Infidel

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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.


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Comedy, Drama


Rating: R16 contains offensive language and content that may offend


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Empire (UK)


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

Hollywood Reporter


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

New York Times


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

Total Film (UK)


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

TVNZ (Darren Bevan)


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

Variety (USA)


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.




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

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 as Four Lions provoked and prodded away at such issues in a clever and subversive manner, this felt all too familiar with very mild jokes rarely arousing even a smile, a while Omid Djalili is a captivatingly strong lead, there just isn't enough in the script to really test its boundaries. I kept hoping it would break that ground, but just when it came close, it would withdraw back in the usual pitholes just in case it may cause offense. Felt like a missed chance.




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