Guns ‘n Rabbis

The latest movie I got from my area Redbox (using another free code from the website I linked to previously, of course) was Lucky Number Slevin. In the movie, there are two mob bosses, the Boss and the Rabbi, and they go after each other in the movie.

The movie itself was excellent. Great action, lots of interesting and unpredictable twists, shooting, great plot, etc. The only thing I didn’t like was the way they portrayed the Rabbi. Now I don’t know if they’re making it so ridiculous that it is supposed to be obvious that it is fake, or if this is what they think we actually do. For example, two of the Rabbi’s henchmen are supposed chassidim. One of them has a buzz cut (I’m talking about a zero), with a yarmulke that looks, plain and simply, silly on the guys head. The other guy also has the buzz cut, but he also has a Chassidic hat with the curled payos. The only problem with the second guy is that he doesn’t have a beard, just a five o’clock shadow. Since when do chassidim shave their beards? (BTW, I see this was brought up here).

Later, when Slevin walks in on the Rabbi, the scene shows the Rabbi with his yarmulke suddenly on, and he is reading from a seemingly real sefer torah, using a yad. The room is also filled with things that are significantly Jewish. The walls have Hebrew lettering, there’s a menorah in plain sight, etc.

The whole way they portrayed Judaism is just plain and simply weird. But either way, it was a fun movie and I recommend it to all.


5 Responses to “Guns ‘n Rabbis”

  1. Malnurtured Snay Says:

    I saw “Lucky Number Slevin”, and enjoyed it up until the “twist”, at which point it felt like the movie took a steep nose dive and exploded into millions of fragments. Post-twist-movie felt like they just decided to do the whole Usual Suspects path while a.) not relating it to anything that happened prior, and b.) taking way too much time. The key to a successful twist is that it should happen right when the movie is about over — not have 15 minutes of story left — so that you’re in shock when the credits roll.

  2. cpa Says:

    Usually movies portray rabbi’s and religious ppl negatively. I want to see the movie now.

  3. Greg Says:

    This is typical in cases where the people involved in the movie are Jewish by birth, and are asked to incorporate some realistic Jewish heritage/icons/imagery/characters into a film, and are too embarrassed admit that they actually now zippy about traditional Judaism. The result is invariably watered-down, unrealistic, stereotypical, patronizing and embarassing. See The Hebrew Hammer for an even grander example of this.

    It should be noted that the South Park folks do a very good job of poking fun at this phenomenon; see the Jew Camp episode.

  4. Greg Says:

    Did my last comment post?

  5. aishel Says:

    Greg, not sure why, but your comments were marked as spam. They should appear now.

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