David and Layla

2 out of 5 stars
David and Layla
Jewish-American David (Moscow), a local cable-TV personality, and stateless Kurdish-Muslim dancer Layla (Rose) meet cute in multiethnic Brooklyn. But when they fall for each other, their families freak out. Can true love overcome religious differences and ethnic shtick? First-time writer-director Jay Jonroy’s credibility and intentions are beyond reproach: He lost relatives under Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship, fled Kurdistan as a teenager and found inspiration in the successful marriage of a Jewish-American/Muslim-Kurdish couple he met in Paris. But Jonroy’s movie never jells. The pratfalls, earnest discussions of genocide and cultural myopia, oy vey Jewish stereotypes and opening dedication to murdered kin coexist uneasily and overshadow his sharp eye for visual detail.

By: Maitland McDonagh


Release details

Rated: R
Release date: Friday February 15 2008
Duration: 106 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jay Jonroy
Screenwriter: Jay Jonroy
Cast: David Moscow
Peter Van Wagner
Callie Thorne
Shiva Rose