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Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (DVD) (WS)

"Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World" is the hilarious story of what happens when the U.S. Government sends comedian Albert Brooks to India and Pakistan to find out what makes the over 300 million Muslims in the region laugh. Brooks, accompanied by two state department handlers and his trusted assistant, goes on a journey that takes him from a concert stage in New Delhi, to the Taj Mahal, to a secret location in the mountains of Pakistan. Written and directed by Albert Brooks, "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World" is a funny and insightful look at some of the issues we are dealing with in a post-9/11 world. The comedy also stars Sheetal Sheth, John Carroll Lynch, Jon Tenney, and Fred Dalton Thompson.

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  • Actors: Albert Brooks, John Carroll Lynch, Sheetal Sheth, Jon Tenney, Fred Dalton Thompson
  • Directors: Albert Brooks
  • Writers: Albert Brooks
  • Producers: Herb Nanas
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FS9FD0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,173 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (WS)" on IMDb

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I saw this movie last weekend. Although i've never written a review for a film, the fact that i cannot stop thinking about it days later compels me to do so. I couldn't imagine what he was up to when i heard the title of this movie. One of my favorite movies is Defending Your Life and of course Broadcast News, but I'm less familiar with some of the earlier works that critics allude to when citing accolades for Albert Brooks and this movie in particular. It has such a delicious satirical touch and is so hilarious, i was alternating between belly laughs and choking with laughter. Some of the situations are so absurd, they bend the mind in the most hysterical ways, that i've found myself repeating at least ten phrases of the movie and laughing. Things that stick out in my memory are the first scenes with Penny Marshall-- what a brilliant send up of Hollywood.. then Fred Thompson, then the interview sequence and the polish joke and the double talker at the Temple. With regard to Al Jazeera starting an entertainment network and a sitcom called "That Darn Jew" (no doubt referring to the old Disney movie "That Darn Cat") about the Jewish man living in a Muslim Condominium Complex. ... to the Pakistani Campfire scene and Albert singing songs from Irving Berlin. And the show.......what an amazing scene. To bomb to one audience, while making the audience watching the one not laughing, laugh their socks off, just brilliant. And yes, when someone has the balls to do that, they face some people siding with the audience that is not getting it, that's what made it so hysterical in the theater I was in.Read more ›
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LOOKING FOR COMEDY IN THE MUSLIM WORLD is a thinking man's comedy. If you're of the 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN or DATE MOVIE crowd, please avoid this film and spare us your "It just ...sucks" review.

If you're an Albert Brooks fan, you most certainly will enjoy his deadpan delivery and hyper-worried state that we came to enjoy during DEFENDING YOUR LIFE (I suspect this is why he was also cast as the father's voice in FINDING NEMO). But enough about Brooks. Let's see what the movie's about.

Looking For Comedy opens with Brooks arriving for a casting call at Penny Marshall's office (It's noteworthy to mention that Albert Brooks plays Albert Brooks and Penny Marshall plays Penny Marshall). Everyone seems to only recognize Brooks as "that guy who played that fish in Finding Nemo." His career is grudgingly winding down.

But upon returning home a letter from the government appears in the mail. He is summoned to Washington by a panel of Senators to do a research project for them ("Our first choice, quite frankly, wasn't available" they tell him when Brooks asks `Why me?') And his job? Travel to India and Pakistan and find out what makes Muslims laugh. Oh. "And you have to write a 500-page report on it."

"500 pages? I don't think I've ever written anything that long," Brooks protests. But he accepts the assignment and travels with two government men as his entourage and support crew. Once in India they bumble through getting an office and a secretary named Maya (the stunningly pretty Sheetal Sheth). Now the hard work begins. Either people won't talk to him or give him off the wall answers or give no answer at all. So Brooks decides to put on a comedy show at a local gymnasium only to have that fall flat, too.
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OMG! I am so excited this is finally out on DVD! I saw it because a friend couldn't stop raving about it. Then I couldn't stop raving about it, but when I tried to get my boyfriend to see it it was already gone from theaters!!! Seriously, if you like smart, grown-up comedies like Sideways, then this is for you. All the actors are wonderful, to the point where I found myself wondering if the Indian cast weren't actors at all but real people caught in action documentary-style (and maybe they were). Albert Brooks plays himself (so does Fred Dalton Thompson) so there is lots of blurring of the lines. It is also a subtle morality play about the dangers in assuming that everyone in the world thinks and believes exactly as you do (we can use this message now more than ever) -- if you are a Republican, don't let that dissuade you from seeing it, it is only a very small part of what is a very, very funny movie. There are illegal Pakistani comedians, a TV meeting with Al Jazeera and Albert Brooks does his old stand-up routine. So, so much to recommend this movie. Love, love, love!
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I exected this movie to be awful after reading some of the reviews here, but I must admit I rather enjoyed it. The comedy is subtle, and you have to pay attention to know when its happening.

Also, it get off to a slow and less than interesting start. It doesn't seem like any of the actors broke a sweat making this movie. For a while I thought I could "watch" it while doing something else, but things pick up after the story moves to India. It made me wonder what would happen if a real project like this was ever undertaken.
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