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Suzie Gold Review

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A girl is torn between romance with the nice Jewish boy whom she knows would keep her family happy, and the non-Jewish colleague she really loves.

★★★★★

One of the first Jewish-themed Brit-coms since Leon The Pig Farmer, Suzie Gold sees Summer Phoenix as a girl torn between romance with the nice Jewish boy whom she knows would keep her family happy, and the non-Jewish colleague whom she really loves.

Cantor's film strives to be the kosher alternative to My Big Fat Greek Wedding, poking gentle fun at nuptials, traditions and rituals between the more serious aspects of the story. However, the script lacks the overall sharpness of that film, resulting in a sweet but unmemorable rom-com that tends to veer towards stereotype territory in search of a laugh (the cameo appearance from ex-S Clubber Rachel Stevens doesn't help matters).

That said, Phoenix is frighteningly convincing in the lead, and Cantor deserves credit for actually making a film which portrays the more positive aspects of Jewish life and culture.

This sweet rom-com lacks the sharp wit needed to set it apart from the rest.