Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (WS)
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"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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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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Typically bone-dry, odd, sometimes very funny Albert Brooks satire. He’s sent to India and Pakistan by the US government to find out what makes Muslims laugh, so we can... Read morePublished 3 months ago by K. Gordon
I love India (where the movie takes place) and have been threr numerous times so I expectde to laugh our loud. This did not even make me smile. Just a reallly bad movie.Published 9 months ago by Anat and Yossi
It was OK. Not as funny as I remembered it was. The satire in the movie seemed dated.. appropriate for 2006, not 2015. Read morePublished 13 months ago by B. Breedlove
i love albert brooks ...but didnt love this movie not a very funny movie about comedy.Published 19 months ago by rachel
To see Mr. Brooks do his ventriloquist act again was worth the money.Published 21 months ago by Bob Hoban
Albert Brooks strikes again with this amazingly intelligent and subtle comedy. It's a slow burn that requires the viewer to "look" for the comedy as Brooks' character... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Global Fungi
I was disappointed. There were some funny lines but overall it seemed more like a documentary than a movie.Published 22 months ago by Roger the Shrubber