David & Layla (2008)

Genres - Romance, Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy, Slice of Life  |   Run Time - 106 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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This warm and breezy romantic comedy from director Jay Jonroy explores an interracial romance between the unlikeliest of partners: a Muslim refugee and a New York Jew. David Fine (David Moscow), the host of a Big Apple man-on-the-street TV show called "Sex and Happiness," never expected to meet and fall in love with a Middle Eastern immigrant - particularly given his marital engagement to a Jewish partner, Abby (Callie Thorne). But his path soon intersects with that of Layla, a young woman orphaned when Saddam Hussein's troops gassed the rest of her family. She now lives with relatives in Manhattan, and (unbeknownst to the kinfolk, who believe she's a nursing student) supports herself by collecting under the table for a slightly suggestive dance act - the warm-up for a local belly dancer. With deportation looming, Layla looks for an out; a customs official suggests a marriage of convenience, but that soon becomes unnecessary when Layla meets David and deep, abiding love blooms. . . to the horror of both families.

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Arab, conversion, dance [art], green-card, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jewish, Middle-East, Persia, Romeo-and-Juliet, sex, TV-show-host