Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World

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Released 2005

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Director:
Albert Brooks
Released:
2005
Rating:
PG-13
"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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  • 70

    Variety Deborah Young

    Though it risks political incorrectness every step of the way, film is more a pleasant laugher than a sharp-edged satire.

  • 60

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Front-loaded with inspired gags, and the first half-hour is both sneakily and explosively funny, raising expectations that are never quite met.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    Not Brooks' funniest film, but it possesses his trademark wry humor and is slyly observant.

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    Satire, Politics, Showbiz