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Kosher Soul

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Culture-clash clichés in inoffensive but blah reality show.

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It's honestly hard to imagine the elevator pitch that led to KOSHER SOUL. Is it really that significant these days that an African-American man is marrying a white Jewish woman? One gets the notion that this show was green-lit specifically so a bunch of jokes about race, ethnicity, and religion could be made without anyone getting offended. Only the most sensitive of viewers will be offended, it's true. The tone of the show is usually silly and light instead of serious and incisive; it's a stream of timeworn observations about African-American people not enjoying a swim or white people eating twee food that are inoffensive because they're so expected.

Sternoff and McKnight don't lack for charm as a couple. In the brief moments when McKnight stops mugging, the pair have a genuine sweetness that may make viewers root for them, if only for a few episodes. It's just that all the antics come across as canned. McKnight freaks out over the ceremonial "circumcision" he has to endure as part of his conversion; Sternoff worries about her wedding seating chart and seating someone named Gator next to her Uncle Dick. It's a goof, so why not let it be a scripted one instead of calling it a reality show and giving us people who don't act like real humans?

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