Here’s something for the whole family: The Jews are finally taking responsibility for Biblical films instead of leaving it up to Hollywood. The Israeli comedy troupe Eretz Nehederet (A Wonderful Country), up until now a small screen Saturday Night Live equivalent team, is taking to the Big Screen with a spoof of the ever popular city of Sodom. The movie’s title: This is Sodom.
Granted, the city is not usually associated with comedy, it being the site of the attempted sodomizing rape of actual angels of God. (What do they call that in the DSM IV? Deisexuality? Angelophilia?) Not to mention the lesser known Sodom-inspired story of the Concubine of Gibeah, who was literally raped to death by a group of wild and crazy Benjaminites at the end of the Book of Judges, the tribe then being massacred to near-extinction by the rest of the Israelite tribes in response. On the upside, there were about forty or so left at the end of the madness and the tribe lived on after it got its butt kicked, leading to the later reign of the first Israelite King Saul.
The Eretz Nehederet cast, mostly known for their cutthroat impersonations of bumbling Israeli politicians, is portraying the Sin City in its gambling, orgy-obsessed culture complete with pushing old ladies out of their wheelchairs.
Taking some liberties with Bible chronology, Sodom’s most popular food is Lamb in its Mother’s Milk, and its shopkeepers sell DVD’s to be watched in Yom Kippur.
This marks among one of the first times that the Jews are acting our their own book, an exciting development for all who look to the people of the book for a role model. Starting with a comedy ain’t all the bad. Or at least I hope it won’t be.
The film debuts in August. I’ll be there with a jumbo tub of popcorn, cooked in its mother’s butter.