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Jewtopia review

Jewtopia red light Jennifer Love Hewitt Ivan Sergei

An appalling array of hideous ethic and gender stereotypes is what passes for “humor” in this pitiful excuse for a comedy.
I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not seen the source material

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Oy vey. How did this atrocity get made in the 21st century? A non-Jewish dude — “hilariously” named Christian (Ivan Sergei: The Break-Up) — is desperate to marry a Jewish woman, because he “doesn’t want to make a decision ever again,” and, you know, all Jewish women completely take over a dude’s life, choosing his clothes, his food, his friends, everything. So, coached by “the only Jewish person [he] know[s]” — his friend (Joel David Moore: Gone), who is, naturally, engaged to be married to a Jewish woman (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) who utterly dominates his existence — he pretends to be Jewish and a doctor (he’s actually a plumber) in order to woo Alison (Jennifer Love Hewitt: Delgo). Alarmingly, this horrific gloss on the plot barely begins to touch on the array of appalling stereotypes this pitiful excuse for a comedy engages in (the redneck and Hispanic caricatures are dreadful, too). And it’s wildly offensive in other ways, as in how Alison is required, by writer-director Bryan Fogel (working from his own long-running off-Broadway play) to ignore her own clearly accurate instincts — she thinks “Dr. Avi Rosenberg” is a “psycho” even before she knows what he’s actually up to — and instead end up in love with a man she doesn’t know and who has lied to her about absolutely everything. Because apparently that’s romantic and funny. Ugh. There isn’t one iota of genuine humor or human feeling here.

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Jewtopia (2013)
US/Can release: Sep 20 2013 (VOD same day)

MPAA: not rated
BBFC: not rated

viewed on my iPad

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