“JEWTOPIA,” the new comedic film directed by co-writer Bryan Fogel and based on the long-running theatrical hit, appeals to a much wider audience than the title suggests, according to producer Courtney Mizel.
Mizel feels the movie version of the off-Broadway play penned by Fogel and writing partner Sam Wolfson demonstrates that Jewish stereotypes describe non-Jewish families as well.
“A strong mother figure; the pressure for kids to succeed; marrying within one’s own religion; the sense of duty and obligation — these characteristics exist in countless cultures,” she says from Los Angeles.
For example, you don’t have to be Jewish to identify with those predictable outbursts between mother and daughter.
Cast member Rita Wilson, whose heritage is Greek, related easily with the comedy’s Jewish context because it resonated with her own upbringing.