''Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob'' (''The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob'') is a 1973 French cult comedy directed by Gérard Oury. It stars Creator/LouisDeFunes in one of his most famous roles.

Rabbi Jacob (Marcel Dalio) is a beloved rabbi from New York. One day, the French side of his family, the Schmolls, invite him to celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of his young nephew David. Rabbi Jacob boards a plane to leave America for his birthland of France after more than 30 years of American life. His young friend Rabbi Samuel comes with him.

Meanwhile in France, Victor Pivert (De Funès), a xenophobic, chauvinistic and bad-tempered businessman, is on the way to his daughter's wedding. He and his driver, Salomon (Henri Guybet), have a car accident in which Pivert's car (carrying a speed boat) flips upside-down into a lake. When Salomon, who is Jewish, refuses to help because Shabbat has just begun, Pivert fires him, much to Salomon's content. As Pivert goes to find assistance in an empty bubblegum factory, he involuntarily helps Mohammed Larbi Slimane (Creator/ClaudeGiraud), an Arab revolutionist leader, to escape a group of SecretPolice killers led by Farès (Renzo Montagnani). On the run from both Farès' killers and the French police, they disguise themselves as rabbis at the airport. Pivert is then mistaken for Rabbi Jacob by the Schmoll family.

!!''The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob'' provides examples of:

* AnAesop: Throughout the journey, Pivert will learn to overcome his religious and ethnical prejudices.
* AllJewsAreCheapskates: Played with in one scene, where Pivert (disguised as a rabbi) is negotiating with Salomon (the only one who knows him) to get him his job back. Pivert himself is obviously a cheapstake, but now that he's in costume...
-->'''Salomon:''' Rabbi, I have a question. My boss just fired me because I don't work on Saturdays. What should I do? \\
'''Pivert-as-Rabbi Jacob:''' Go see him and ask him to hire you again, he'll say yes! Ask him to give you a raise he'll say ''yes''! \\
'''Salomon:''' Will he double my wages? \\
'''Pivert-as-Rabbi Jacob:''' He'll say ''yes''! \\
'''Salomon:''' Will he triple them? \\
'''Pivert-as-Rabbi Jacob:''' He'll... say no.
* ArrangedMarriage:
** Antoinette (Pivert's daughter), obviously.
** Esther Schmoll wants to marry Slimane to a redhead.
* AshFace: From a bursting tailpipe. Results in a BlackFace gag that would have probably been offensive with any other actor, but De Funès made it work.
* BadassBoast:
-->'''Slimane:''' Revolution is like a bicycle! When the wheels don't turn, it falls!\\
'''Pivert:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Eddy Merckx]]?\\
'''Mook:''' No, UsefulNotes/CheGuevara.
* BeardOfEvil: Farès is the film's villain, and he's bearded.
* BlackGalOnWhiteGuyDrama: Spoofed when Pivert is flabbergasted at the sight of a mixed marriage.
* CaptainObvious: "Salomon? You're ''Jewish?''"
* CharacterDevelopment: Blatant in Pivert's case. He starts out as a racist {{Jerkass}} with HairTriggerTemper. He gets better over the course of the movie.
* ClownCar: A number of people accompany Jacob to the airport ''and they all get into the same taxi'', yet the first shots of Jacob and Samuel on the road give the impression that they're only ''two'' on the backseats of the taxi.
-->'''Taxi driver:''' Hey! This is a taxi, not a synagogue!
* CoincidentalAccidentalDisguise: Pivert and Slimane are mistaken for Rabbi Jacob and his friend Rabbi Samuel by the Schmoll family, and they find themselves driven to the welcoming committee that is waiting for Jacob's arrival in the middle of the Pletzl (the main Jewish quarter in Paris).
* CoveredInGunge: The bubblegum factory sequence. First Pivert (twice), then each of the bad guys including Farès himself, ends up falling into a huge vat of green liquid gum, and stay covered in the stuff for most the scene.
* DelayedReaction:
** One of Farès' mooks guarding the bubblegum factory corrects Pivert (as seen in BadassBoast above) before realizing that maybe he should worry about the intruder who just talked.
** Also Farés at the Gas station, who just gives Slimane a passing by look before realizing that the man he's chasing is in the nearby car.
* DepravedDentist:
** Well, not so depraved than "in-a-hurry-'cause-she's-marrying-her-daughter-today", but Pivert's dentist wife is still seen doing a rather half-assed job on her poor patient.
** Later, Farès threatens to torture her with her own instruments.
* DisposableFiance: Alexandre (Pivert's daughter's fiancé)
* TheDragAlong: Pivert is mostly useless when it comes to help Slimane.
* FacePalm: Slimane at the sight of Pivert/Rabbi Jacob dragged into the dance.
* FieryRedhead: Germaine (Pivert's wife) has a fiery temper.
* TheFullNameAdventures
* GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity: Pivert fires Salomon as they are stuck on a river in the middle of nowhere... because Salomon leaves him there since it's shabbat and he's forbidden to work.
* TheGhost: We will never see who is and what does Thérèse Leduc look like.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: Some Gratuitous Arabic.
* HandWave:
-->'''David:''' Tell me Rabbi, why don't you have a beard?\\
'''Slimane:''' Because I lent it to someone who didn't have one. Come!
* HappyEnding
* HenpeckedHusband: Likely with Pivert and his wife.
-->'''Pivert:''' ''[[[ItMakesSenseInContext hanging up after a long speech about a 65-year-old woman who's madly in love with him and has let him be for the past 50 years]]]'' Did you see that?\\
'''Slimane:''' What?\\
'''Pivert:''' ''I'' hung up on ''her''!
* HeroesWantRedheads:
** Mohammed Larbi Slimane can't resist a redhead.
** Pivert is married to a redhead, which is a hint that [[spoiler:their daughter is also a redhead]].
* IdentityImpersonator: The two protagonists.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Farès, on the phone. Twice.
* InspectorJavert: Commissioner Andréani
* InstantExpert: Victor Pivert is dragged into a Hassidic dance and do it perfectly, though he never tried it before. "A miracle" according to him.
* IResembleThatRemark:
-->'''David Schmoll:''' How are we going to recognize Uncle Jacob? The only one who know him is granny, and she can't see a thing...\\
'''Granny Schmoll:''' What do you mean, I can't hear a thing?
* JewishMother:
** Rabbi Jacob's wife is this ''for her husband''.
** Esther Schmoll
* JustFollowingOrders: Farès.
* LoveAtFirstSight: [[spoiler:Antoinette and Slimane.]]
* MistakenForAnImposter: Poor Rabbi Jacob (the real one) gets his beard pulled twice when he's mistaken for Pivert.
* MuggedForDisguise: Two rabbis at the airport, by Slimane and Pivert.
* {{Nerd}}: Alexandre, the groom.
* {{Nice Hat}}s
** Traditional Hassidic hats.
** The shtreimel offered to Pivert.
* NiceJewishBoy:
** Salomon, even though he's quite bitter towards his boss (for very good reasons).
** Special mention goes to the guys who accompany Rabbi Jacob to the airport. Their cab ends up stuck in a traffic jam and time is running out, so what do they do? ''Lift'' the cab and ''carry'' it to the free part of the road.
--->'''Rabbi Jacob:''' You see my boy? Always believe in miracles.
* PieInTheFace: Commissioner Andréani receives the cheesecake that was intended for David's Bar Mitzvah in the face, courtesy of Rabbi Samuel.
* PimpedOutDress: Pivert's wife is dressed for the wedding.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Pivert, although he's not exactly a hero at first.
* {{Pornstache}}: Slimane. It was a trademark of Claude Giraud, the actor who played him.
* {{Qurac}}: Slimane's fictional Arab country.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Slimane's kidnapping was based on the disappearance of Mehdi Ben Barka in 1965.
* SecondaryCharacterTitle
* ShownTheirWork: The movie was co-written by a rabbi, Josy Eisenberg.
* SlipperySkid: Victor Pivert is chased by Fares and his lieutenant inside the bubblegum factory. When cornered, he opens up a huge holder of bubblegum beads, sending them rolling under his pursuers' feet. After doomed efforts at staying upright, they finally fall and skid down some stairs, and then down a chute to end up into a vat of green liquid gum.
* SinisterShades: Farès
* StandardSnippet: What the music for the Hassidic dance has become. It wasn't an authentic one but specially made for the movie, though still inspired by traditional Hassidic music. Still, it has been readily adopted by the French Jew community, and you can often hear it at Bar Mitzvah or Jewish weddings.
* StickySituation: After falling into a vat of liquid bubblegum, Pivert has some trouble with stuff sticking to him, including the buttons of a phone or the chair he sits into.
* StraightMan: Slimane to Pivert. Claude Giraud plays him completely straight, as if in a serious action movie, perfectly balancing De Funès' comedy.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Pivert ''starts'' out as this, being a racist {{Jerkass}} with HairTriggerTemper. [[CharacterDevelopment He gets better over the course of the movie]].
* WithDueRespect: The argument between Salomon and Pivert.
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage