Dough

 photo Dough_zpsuhvg2vma.jpg photo starrating-3stars.jpgUndemanding little piffle that concerns the elderly Jewish proprietor (Jonathan Pryce) of a struggling Kosher bakery in London’s East End . Nat has continued the vocation of his father. However his little business has fallen on hard times due to local competition. Rather than follow in Nat’s footsteps, his own married son (Daniel Caltagirone) has become a lawyer. He encourages Nat to sell the shop. To add insult to injury, Nat’s sole employee has recently quit to go work for what can only be referred to as his evil competitor, a grocery-store chain called Cotton’s. In a bind, he hesitantly hires Ayyash (Holder), a young Muslim immigrant (Jerome Holder) from Africa.

Dough is just as cliched as it sounds. Ayyash is a troubled teen who also happens to deal marijuana. Trying to juggle both jobs is not easy. Wacky shenanigans ensue. I won’t spoil a specific plot point because it is the only thing that occurs that is mildly unpredictable. Although even the trailer gives that away. Sprinkle in a villainous corporate type (Philip Davis), a local drug kingpin (Ian Hart), a love interest (Pauline Collins) and a story that wildly careens from sensitive drama into a zany heist movie. The store’s problems are ultimately fixed with a happy solution that seemingly solves all their woes out of thin air. The remedy is cheekily independent of all the convoluted developments we have endured. It renders everything we watched irrelevant, but then we wouldn’t have a movie, would we?

Dough is pleasant enough. If you’re looking for a sweet British confection that doesn’t tax your brain, you should be entertained. Jonathan Pryce and Jerome Holder are working with cardboard characters but they give them life. They are captivating despite the utter predictability of the narrative. I mean, how much do you wanna bet that these disparate individuals will eventually learn to embrace each other’s differences by the end? This is essentially one of those culture clash sitcoms from the 1970s with a few minor tweaks. Anyone remember Chico and the Man? I miss that show.

05-12-16

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10 Responses to “Dough”

  1. smilingldsgirl Says:

    This sounds like something I’d like

  2. Haha this sounds pretty fun. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for it

  3. Seen this type of movie many times. It was pretty good. 3 stars.

  4. I was planning to see Dough due to recent interest in Jewish cinema (thanks to my fiance), so I’m bummed to hear how cliched it is. I’m even more bummed to hear that the trailer spoils the only unpredictable thing in the movie. I feel like I’d be annoyed by the happy solution that solves everyone’s problems out of thin air. That kind of thing bothers me most of the time. Guess I’m not too upset that I haven’t gotten around to this movie.

  5. smilingldsgirl Says:

    I just watched this film and on the whole I enjoyed it. I think it would have been much better though if it had just been a Richard Linklater style of story of just a Jewish baker and his Muslim African employee getting to know each other. I would have done away with the marijuana plot entirely as it was pretty lame and contrived. I don’t know why movies are so scared to just be small and relationship driven. Still I’m glad I saw it.

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