Reviewed byalexdeleonfilmVote: 10/10/10
PEACE AFTER MARRIAGE, European title, "Only in New York" Directed andstarring Ghazi Albuliwi image1.jpeg Ghazi Albuliwi New York stand upcomedian director of Palestinian background
A sexually frustrated Palestinian-American, Arafat, still living withhis traditional Muslim parents at age thirty and addicted to pornojoins a Sex Addicts Anonymous therapy group and is befriended by a guywho sincerely wants to help him escape from the clutches of thestifling parents who are trying to marry him off to a "nice Arab girlback home".
After walking out on an arranged marriage over in Palestine, back inNew York his friend Kenny sets him up to marry an Israeli girl whoneeds a Green Card... What A bargain -- money he needs badly and realsex -maybe. But this sets off a war at home with his parents, who willstop at nothing to divorce him from his new Jewish wife. Hiwever, thenew paper marriage couple -- after some tricky beginnings in separatebeds -- actually fall for each other which complicates mattersconsiderably and sets up some hilarious'scenes because our hero Arafat(No relation to Yasser) is totally Americanized and takes theircultural differences with a grain of salt -- very amusing grains whichwill finally win her heart. However, there are some flies in theointment, like an old fiancé from Israel who turns up --- whom shebrushes off with the Statue of Liberty looking on -- but she isNevertheless on the verge of returning to her family in Israel ongeneral principles, when -- well, lets not give it away -- See andenjoy! Actress Einat Tubi was a discovery -- Speaks no accent Englishand, apparently Hebrew as well. Young, good looking, and a naturalactress to boot. The opening générique (credits sequence) was afantastic lead in composed of colorful cartoon images and theproduction itself seemed to be heavily Turkish backed. Most staffcredits were Turkish names. As much a drama as a comedy but more of thelatter, with great use of New York streets, Arab restaurants andChinatown where it all ends.
In essence this is more of a Palestinian film than Israeli -- but itdoes take the weewee out of that useless conflict. Director Albuliwi isconvinced that the best way to resolve the endless conflict is to getIsraelis and Palestinians to laugh together in the same room and thisfilm is certainly a step in the right direction.. I want to see itagain ASAP -- Funny, heart warming, serious, a bit outrageous --- Haseverything -- and jumps right up onto my Best Ten list for 2016.--------
A sexually frustrated Palestinian-American agrees to marry an Israeli woman for a Green Card, triggering a war at home with his parents, who will stop at nothing to divorce him from his new wife.