The Weekly Schmooze: Matthew's Day Off

JPost column on hottest Jewish news: Shabbat Shalom from the Kardashians; ‘South Park’ game's powerful Jew.

February 2, 2012 14:41
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As Super Bowl Sunday approaches, the commercials that accompany the most-watched football game of the year are starting to reach the Internet – and one has made bigger waves than all others: The return of Ferris Beuller's Day Off in a Honda commercial. Matthew Broderick, who portrayed the truant teen in the legendary 80s film, spoofs scenes from the movie as himself, a 49-year-old actor who doesn't feel like working on "a beautiful day like this." Of course, the well-known "bow-chika-chika" music plays a huge role, and, since this is a car commercial, the scene in which a valet takes a joyride appears, as well.

This year's Super Bowl is a good one for Jews and cars. Jerry Seinfeld appears in another hilarious commercial, this time, for an Acura that he would do almost anything to be able to drive – until Jay Leno shows up.

If we already have Matthew Broderick, the Schmooze would be remiss not to mention his wife, Sarah Jessica Parker, who was cast as feminist icon Gloria Steinem in an upcoming biopic of porn star Linda Lovelace. The part was originally given to Demi Moore, who had to drop out of the film due to personal problems, but the Schmooze thinks the Sex and the City star is a better choice. After all, she and Steinem are both Jewish.

Sometimes the Schmooze comes across some news that, well, isn't so new, but has to be shared. Faithful viewers of the Kardashian family's various reality TV shows can skip this paragraph, but those who aren't Keeping Up with the Kardashians will be surprised to see a Shabbat meal on Kourtney and Kim Take New York. It turns out that Kourtney Kardashian's baby-daddy Scott Disick is Jewish, and decided to reconnect with his religion. He pulled out some kippas from a drawer, put one on baby Mason's head, and invited Kim Kardashian's best friend and PR Guru Jonathan Cheban – who's also Jewish – to Friday night dinner, complete with Kiddush. Kourtney says that Disick's Judaism is only a phase, but her live-in boyfriend insists that he wants to reconnect with his roots.

There are high expectations throughout the video-gaming world for a new role-playing game based on South Park, which is currently in development for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, and will be released late this year. Players start out as a new kid in the small, animated Colorado town, and are able to select five "classes" for their character: Fighter, Mage, Thief, Cleric or Jew. Yes, Jew. It wouldn't be South Park if creators Trey ParkeSouth Parkr and Matt Stone didn't put in something potentially offensive. According to The Escapist, an online gaming magazine, the Jew is a "paladin/monk type character…[that] is a high-risk-high-reward character. The closer he is to death, the more powerful his abilities become."

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