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MPAA Rating - n/a

Length:
    100 Minutes

Genre:
    Comedy

Original Release Date:
    Apr 13, 2004

Director
    Gérard Oury

Cast
    Louis de Funès, Marcel Dalio, Claude Giraud, Henri Guybet

 
Movie Summary
Initially titled The Adventures of Rabbi Jacob for its American release, this French film had the Mad tag attached when audiences evinced a lack of interest in what was perceived to be a religious picture. The film concentrates on the mishaps befalling bigoted Frenchman Louis DeFunes. While en route to his daughters wedding, the outspoken DeFunes accidentally gets mixed up in an Arab nationalist uprising. Through a bizarre and nearly indescribable combination of events, the fiercely anti-Semitic DeFunes is forced to disguise himself as a Rabbi. The sociological statements in Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob, coscripted by director Gerard Oury, are pepped up with Jerry Lewis style slapstick. Curiously, the stereotyping job the film does on certain minority groups is just about as bad as those opinions offered by the racist hero. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


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