|Original title:||The Infidel|
|Production country:||Großbritannien 2010|
|Running time:||Ca. 104 Min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
The biting satire "Four Lions" has impressively proven that it is quite possible to laugh at extremism and religious fanaticism without pulling religion itself through cocoa and thus making fun of the majority of moderate believers. Also the comedy "Alles Koscher!" follows the pattern of "Four Lions", but is much more brave, but no less funny.
Mahmud Nasir (Omid Djalili) is a good Muslim. Perhaps he is not really a strict believer, but the loving father of the family stands behind his religion with full conviction. That his son Rashid (Amit Shah) of all people would like to marry the hound daughter of the controversial preacher Arshad Al-Masri (Igal Naor) is something Mahmud doesn't exactly like to see, but he promises his son to be a model Muslim until Al-Masri has given his consent to the wedding. But now of all times Mahmud finds out that he was adopted as a child and - even worse - that he was born not a Muslim but a Jew. He was born as Solly Shimshillewitz, which shakes his entire view of the world. In order to find out the whole truth about his origin, Mahmud locates his supposed biological father Izzy. But he is dying and may only be visited by a Jew. And so Mahmud has little time, and so he asks the Jewish taxi driver Lenny (Richard Schiff) to make him familiar with the Jewish faith. But the more he learns, the greater his identity crisis. And Al-Masri's visit is imminent...
"All Kosher!" is fully tailored to Omid Djalili. The British-Iranian actor and stand-up comedian, whose delicious comedy show could also be seen in the German night program, is fully absorbed in his role as father of a family in the crisis of faith and life. With a lot of wit and charm Djalili also makes the more silly moments of the movie worth seeing. The absolute highlight, however, are the scenes in which Djalili is allowed to act alongside the American Richard Schiff ("Ray", "West Wing"). Here not only different cultures and religions crash against each other, but also two completely different kinds of comedy - which is a real pleasure for the audience.
The other actors, such as Amit Shah, who last appeared in the German comedy "13 Semester", or Archie Panjabi ("Der ewige Gärtner"), also ensure that the screenplay by comedian and author David Baddiel has been adequately transported to the screen. In its best moments "Alles Koscher!" is an amusing and intelligent plea for tolerance. But what is still a bit biting in the first half and shows some courage here and there, flattens out a bit towards the end. The rather good final is worth seeing, but after the strong start with gags every minute the last minutes are a bit disappointing.
That doesn't change the fact that director Josh Appignanesi has succeeded in creating a charming and very funny multi-cultural-crash comedy, which thanks to some very original jokes and the good actors can entertain even in its weaker moments. And that's exactly why: absolutely worth seeing!
An article by Frankfurt-Tipp