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  • Summary: According to Jewish belief, from the moment a Jew is born, he or she is accompanied by two angels: the angel of light and the angel of darkness. With the passing of Moishe (75), his family and friends gather to sit shivah, the 7-day Jewish mourning ritual. The spirit angels Aleph and Bet,According to Jewish belief, from the moment a Jew is born, he or she is accompanied by two angels: the angel of light and the angel of darkness. With the passing of Moishe (75), his family and friends gather to sit shivah, the 7-day Jewish mourning ritual. The spirit angels Aleph and Bet, divine accountants, watch over the mourners actions and what´s been said about the deceased to calculate which angel will accompany Moishe´s soul to the afterlife. (Emerging Pictures) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Joshua Katzman
    70
    Uses the seven days of shivah to launch a series of hilariously escalating confrontations, including one in which elderly men nearly come to blows over who's the more genuine Jew.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    60
    Culture shock often proves the stuff of comedy, but the sight of a silver-studded, sombrero-topped mariachi band breaking into a rousing rendition of "Hava Nagila" transports diversity into the realm of the surreal.
  3. Any comedy that can combine death, abortion, Jewish ritual and a mariachi band without curdling into complete lunacy deserves a modicum of respect. In the case of My Mexican Shivah, more would be pushing it.
  4. All this story needs is a mariachi band to walk in on all the overwrought mourners. Oh, wait ... yep. There it is.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    40
    Kvetches its way through an insipid vision of cross-cultural conflict.
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  1. JoshF.
    Aug 30, 2008
    10
    Incredible portrayal of a Mexican Jewish family.