This romantic comedy, which takes place in West Hollywood, introduces us to Mo, a practicing Muslim who has just had his heart broken by a failed relationship. But Mo’s fortunes change when he meets Kal, an All-American actor who offers to join him for the traditional meals of Ramadan. Through these meals, both men come to realize that they share an unexpected connection.
Why It’s a Gem:
With wit and sensitivity, and humor, the film provides a fresh romantic perspective because it includes the point of view of a practicing Muslim. The film ably depicts how religious upbringing can impede one’s emotional and spiritual growth, not to mention one’s romantic prospects. The characters’ clashing cultural backgrounds enhance the movie, and we relish how Kal is able to find a humanity in Mo that transcends his religious upbringing.