West Bank is one of the most unlikely settings in the world for a comedy, but West Bank Story strings together 20 minutes of jokes, songs and dancing to keep the chuckles coming through a modern day adaption of West Side Story.

Director Ari Sandel’s musical comedy follows a feud between the Palestinian Hummus Hut employees and their neighbors, the Jewish employees of Kosher King. Budding lovers Fatima, Hummus Hut employee of the month, and David, an Israeli soldier, come together in the crossfire of the fast-food fight and attempt to make peace between the two groups.

Hummus may seem like a foreign jumping point but West Bank’s jokes hit home from the start. From the moment Ahmed snaps his way onto the screen, of course stopping to sample the hukaa, and is joined by Ariel and his curly haired and yamaka wearing crew, it is clear the film will leave no one hungry for more stereotypes or jokes.

Clever dialogue pokes fun at the ageless conflict out of place in the modern setting, and extends humor to even an edible form with “death by chocolate suicide bomber cream pie”. Given the seriousness of the conflict, confrontations could be expected to change the tone, but even though Ariel and Ahmed call each other terrorist and occupier, their arguments mostly consist of trading oh yeahs in a juvenile shouting match.

Even as the film moves to the love scenes enough cheese is added to keep the humor flowing. West Bank Story carries that theme clear to the end when David tells Fatima of a place where Jews and Muslims live in harmony—Beverly Hills.

West Bank Story spent its 20 minutes digging for laughs in an otherwise dreary situation and that is something we can all appreciate. The fast-food focus easily opens both sides to comical prodding and left me more than satisfied.

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