Mo Najjar (Mohammed Amer, above) is just your average Joe, trying to get his piece of the American dream. He’s also a multilingual Kuwaiti-born Palestinian living in Houston who has been patiently waiting for his immigration hearing — for two decades.
Through all that, Mo mines plenty of laughs from hilarious culture clashes involving his sharp-tongued mom (Farah Bsieso), anxious older brother (Omar Elba) and his girlfriend Maria (Teresa Ruiz) and best friend Nick (Tobe Nwigwe).
He’ll do whatever it takes to make a buck — strip club DJ, olive picker, merchandise dealer from the trunk of his car — to support his family, and he doles out plenty of smarts and sarcasm in the process. (If Amer looks familiar, he played Ramy’s diner-owning pal on Ramy.)
Looking for viewers to come away with “understanding and compassion for what it takes to be a refugee,” Amer hopes they can also “laugh and cry with us.” Job well done!
Mo, Premiere, Wednesday, August 24, Netflix