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Ali’s Wedding

Directed by JEFFREY WALKER Starring OSAMAH SAMI, HELANA SAWIRES, DON HANY

Chicken People

Directed by NICOLE LUCAS HAIMES Starring BRIAN KNOX, BRIAN CARAKER, SHARI MCCULLOUGH

Aussie multi-culti comedy has been a chancy genre so far, ranging from the sentimentality of the 1966 migrant movie They’re a Weird Mob to the rambunctious vulgarity of TV’s Fat Pizza and its ilk. That’s part of the reason Ali’s Wedding is such a nice surprise; in fact, it just might be the funniest, sweetest rom-com you’ll see all year.

At its simplest, it’s also a movie about immigrants, based on Osamah Sami’s own story — slightly embroidered, one suspects, for comedy effect. He stars as Ali (or Charlie), the son of a Muslim cleric (Don Hany) who flees Ba’athist persecution in

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