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Lovesick gentile tries to fake it in ‘Jewtopia’

Updated: October 21, 2013 6:14AM

To win over a rabbi’s daughter, a man takes lessons in “acting Jewish” in a new comedy opening Friday at AMC River East 21.

Based on a play seen at Chicago’s Mercury Theater in 2005, “Jewtopia” stars Ivan Sergei as a gentile who lies about his faith to the girl of his dreams (Jennifer Love Hewitt) and needs a friend’s help to keep up the illusion.

Tom Arnold, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Rita Wilson appear as well. “Jewtopia” also is available on video on demand.

Also on Chicago screens:

- A David Sedaris essay was the launching pad for “C.O.G.,” opening Friday at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Jonathan Groff (“Glee”) plays an Ivy League-educated Oregon apple picker who crosses paths with a short-tempered evangelical (Denis O’Hare) and Jesus Christ.

- The world is one big Chicago winter in “The Colony,” opening Friday at the Streets of Woodfield. Starring Laurence Fishburne and Bill Paxton, the sci-fi thriller takes place in an age when snow engulfs the planet and drives mankind to live in underground bunkers.

- New York artists Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, married 40 years, are the subjects of “Cutie and the Boxer,” a documentary that earned filmmaker Zachary Heinzerling the U.S. documentary directing award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It opens Friday at the Music Box Theatre.

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