Suzie Gold (2004) artwork

Suzie Gold (2004)

21st July 2004

Suzie Gold comes from a traditional Jewish family who expect her to marry a nice Jewish boy. Trouble is, her latest boyfriend Darren is not of the Jewish faith.
Summer Phoenix, Ariana Fraval, Rebecca Front, Gem Souleyman, Stanley Townsend, Leo Gregory, Iddo Goldberg, Kevin Bishop, Debbie Chazen, Miriam Karlin, Debra Tammer, Sophie Winkleman
Comedy, Drama, Romance
1 Hour 30 Minutes

Suzie Gold comes from a traditional Jewish family which is firmly entrenched in the Jewish community and its values and she is under heavy pressure not to marry outside of her faith. Her younger sister Sophie is already due to tie the knot with a nice Jewish boy and hopes are high that Suzie will quickly follow suit. And when the handsome, and extremely wealthy, Anthony Silver asks her out on a date, Suzie finally feels her love life is falling into place.

However, the date is a bit of a disappointment and Suzie realises that Anthony may not be the one for her after all. Instead, she finds herself falling for Darren, a television researcher at her TV production job. The only problem is that Darren isn't Jewish so the pair begin a secret romance away from the ever nosey Gold family. However, after several months Darren isn't impressed that Suzie still can't admit to her parents that she's dating him, and he issues her with an ultimatum. But with a family crisis taking priority Darren takes it as rejection and moves on.

As the plans for Sophie's wedding go into overdrive, Suzie must decide whether she should do as her family expect and marry the handsome, but unloved, Anthony or follow her heart and rekindle her relationship with Darren. Nobody said life was going to be easy, but Suzie has come crashing into that point in her life where she really needs to decide what she wants out of it.

The picture is bright and colourful with some rich colour and flesh tones. However, things are not perfect as the picture has the occasional problem with outlining and edge enhancements. Fortunately, it is not a continual problem and it only occurs when large amounts of red are present on screen. Being a recent film the picture transfer is first-rate with few problems with dust scratches and other picture imperfections whist grain is kept to a minimum. Not a bad effort for a low budget production.

Although made on a tight budget the 448Kbps Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is surprisingly effective with a good balance between the dialogue and musical score. However, things can be a little muffled at times resulting in it becoming a bit of a problem picking out the various accents and Jewish words. In fact, at one point I had to resort to the subtitles, and even then I still didn't understand what they were carrying on about. There is the sporadic use of the surround channels, mainly by the excellent musical score, whilst the same musical score provides some occasional action for the subwoofer.

The menu system is scored and animated with clip scenes from the film. It's not very imaginative, but it's sufficient for its needs with easily accessible and visible menu options. Extras wise, things are rather disappointing with only a Theatrical Trailer and Television Spots. It's hardly ground breaking material, but even with a minuscule budget it doesn't take much for someone to point a video camera at the director during production. After all, with the DVD sell through market being an important part of any films monetary life cycle, added value is extremely important. A definite missed opportunity here.

When the preview copy of Suzie Gold appeared on my doorstep I wondered what I was getting myself into. First off, I've never heard of it (let alone seen it advertised in cinemas) and after discovering it was based around a Jewish family and their traditions I feared the worse. However, I needn't have worried as, thanks to the handy voice over explanations from Suzie, everything was easily understandable to anyone not of the Jewish faith.

It also doesn't take long to see the many similarities between Bridget Jones' Diary and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. In fact, the promotional material which accompanied the preview disc mentioned the very same thing. As a result, fans of these two films and the romance genre in general are sure to enjoy this very British, and Jewish, take on the theme of love and marriage. It even manages to offer an interesting insight into the various Jewish traditions.

Whilst Suzie Gold is sure to attract the usual female audience the fact that Summer Phoenix, who plays Suzie Gold, is so attractive that even the most fidgety and grumbling of blokes will be more than happy to sit and watch. Trouble is, as with most romantic films, from the moment the film starts it's all rather predictable. Never the less, it still manages to come across as quite original, rather funny (and probably more so to a Jewish person), heart warming and, most importantly, extremely enjoyable from start to finish. As a result it's definitely a film worth considering, even if you're a bloke.

  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, the sixth and final installment in the worldwide franchise phenomenon, premieres on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD 12th June 2017 from Sony Pictures Home ...Read more
The Inbetweeners 2 artwork

The Inbetweeners 2

Better late than never, Jay, Neil, Simon and Will are back for another critically acclaimed, smash-hit comedy adventure as the boys head to Australia to meet up with Jay and discover that his tales of ...
The Tunnel artwork

The Tunnel

Blood artwork


Black Mirror artwork

Black Mirror

Apple Tree Yard artwork

Apple Tree Yard

Lee Mack artwork

Lee Mack

Line of Duty artwork

Line of Duty

Written and created by Jed Mercurio, Series 5 of the gripping thriller Line of Duty arrives on DVD 6th May 2019 from Acorn Media International.
How to Train Your Dragon artwork

How to Train Your Dragon

Burning artwork


Castle Rock artwork

Castle Rock

Motherfatherson artwork


Stan & Ollie artwork

Stan & Ollie


The Descendants


From Alexander Payne, the creator of the Oscar-winning Sideways, The Descendants is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki.

We Bought A Zoo


We Bought A Zoo is a funny, inspiring and true story about the magical power of family to persevere in the face of extraordinary challenges. This is acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe's (Jerry Maguire) first motion picture for all audiences and stars Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and Thomas Haden Church. Damon portrays a single dad who, ...

The Disappearance


A is detective sent to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a young teenager at a music festival in Lyon. With the grieving family pressing for answers, it's not long before Molina uncovers a number of shocking secrets which could push them to breaking point.
"Philanthropy isn't tossing a bone to a hungry dog, it's sharing when you are just as hungry."
Winter Sleep (2014)



Dr. Seuss' The Grinch


Mary Poppins Returns


World On A Wire

BDUK TV18/02/201944

Cold Feet

DVDDVDUK TV25/02/201943


DVDUK TV01/04/201939


DVDUK TV28/01/201935

Broken City


Fast Girls


The Ghost


Escape Plan


Racing Stripes


Austin Powers


The Simpsons

DVDUK TV05/12/2013867