This year’s Hanukkah Hallmark movie about Jewish delis sounds…good? – Kveller

By | September 23, 2022

Oh my candy child Maccabee. A brand new Hallmark Hanukkah film, “Hanukkah on Rye,” is popping out in December, and wait to listen to all the small print about it. Significantly, put together to be shaken to your Jewish soul.

Initially, sure, this movie is a couple of Jewish grocery retailer – truly, Jewish delicatessens, plural. It has been a very long time coming for us, some would say for the reason that “Crossing Delancey” days. And sure, similar to “Crossing Delancey,” this film can have an interference bubbe — truly, two interference bubbes — and a matchmaker too (though nobody will ever match Sylvia Miles’ greatness). It can even be the forwards and backwards between custom and modernity.

The movie is about Jacob Leven and Molly Gilbert, whose households each personal “world-class delicatessens”. They every attempt to chart their very own path and modernize their household companies to take them to 2022. The 2 meet when Jacob travels to New York to seek for a brand new delicatessen – and though there are sparks, they’re too busy being professionals in Jewish delicacies (working a Jewish grocery retailer isn’t any joke!).

Involved about their grandchildren’s lack of a love life, Molly and Jacob’s Jewish grandmothers signal them each up for an old school matchmaking service that includes writing letters (not emails, actual letters!). Not understanding that they’re writing to one another, the 2 forge an actual bond via these missives. In actual life, pressure rises between the 2 as Jacob decides to open a grocery retailer on the identical block as Molly’s. Gasp!

Because the movie’s tagline calls for, will a Hanukkah miracle hold them collectively? (Spoiler alert: Sure it should, it is a Hallmark film.)

That premise provides me excessive vibes from Joan Micklin Silver and Nora Ephron (“Received Mail,” anybody??), all wrapped up in Schmaltzy Hallmark wrapper (hey, schmaltz is nice at a Jewish deli! ).

Do I want the Jewish deli film was a high-production rom-com? Possibly. However maybe that is simply the beginning of an period of Jewish deli romcoms that’s approaching – web page Billy Eichner and Judd Apatow.

Now let’s discuss that casting, we could? This movie will star the one and solely Yael Grobglas, aka Petra from “Jane the Virgin”, as Molly. I completely adore Yael (she not too long ago needed to be taught to talk each Yiddish and Polish for a task within the wonderful Amazon Prime sequence “Undone”.) I would watch something for her, and that does not do no exception.

However that is not all – this film additionally options Jewish mother Lisa Loeb (!!!) who may make me “keep” in even the cheesiest Hallmark film (sorry, I needed to. But in addition Lisa makes the perfect and sweetest music for youngsters).

And that may have been sufficient (dayenu) – besides that the very good-looking and type Jewish dad Jeremy Jordan will play the function of Jacob. You would possibly know Jordan from “Supergirl,” “The Flash,” and his many Broadway and off-Broadway appearances — together with “Newsies,” which you’ll watch on Disney+. This man is so proficient. However let’s hope this movie will likely be a greater Jewish illustration than “The Final 5 Years”.

“Hanukkah on Rye” can also be being forged for some actually helpful roles (the film, like all Hallmark films, is filming in Canada, particularly Winnipeg, in order that’s one thing to think about). These embrace Molly and Jacob’s interference bubbles; Ms. Tychosinsky, an old-school matchmaker; an emo woman singing an emo model of a Hanukkah track (it is 2022 and I am guessing emo women are nonetheless round? Who am I to argue with Hallmark greatness); a middle-aged latke lover and deli common; and a baby who’s thrilled that Jacob is “instructing them cute methods with the dreidel.” We now have by no means met such a baby, however OK.

Here is hoping Hallmark does not skimp on the meals model for this one, the Jewish jokes aren’t too stereotypical, and the bubbles are as cute as they deserve. The movie will premiere on December 18, which is the primary evening of Hanukkah. I hope it is, uh, effectively, lit.

Within the meantime, if you happen to’re craving extra Jewish romance, attempt one among these many Jewish romance novels.