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Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World Review

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1.0

Dave White Profile

… terrible, unfunny … Read full review

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  • 3.0
    53

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The movie isn't racist; it's just lame. If Brooks truly cared about Muslims or how their funny bones worked, Looking for Comedy might have had some zing, but all his character is interested in is the 500-page report he has to deliver - a homework assignment from hell.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    A reasonably amusing effort that manages to poke fun at Brooks' neuroses and governmental blundering with equal skill.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Albert Brooks may have come up with the funniest movie premise of the year in Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    I liked the movie. I smiled a lot. It maintained its tone in the face of bountiful temptations to get easy laughs.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Odd comedy sends Albert Brooks to South Asia.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the film's comedy is premised on stereotypes and parodies, showcasing the protagonist's self-absorbed ignorance, and by extension, U.S. self-importance when dealing with "the Muslim World." Some jokes are potentially offensive ("Your mother thinks Muslim is a fabric"; a director says she doesn't want to "go a Jewish way" on her new movie) and some characters are obnoxious. Pakistani and Indian officials misread Brooks' activities, both sides thinking he's a spy for the other, and "resume armed conflict" at film's end (this is represented as a joke, in the background on TV). The film features some strong language ("hell," s-words, one f-word).

  • Families can talk about the concept of humor as a means to make connections between cultures. How might discussion and entertainment help to work through differences? How does Brooks' comedy reveal the effects of arrogance and self-involvement, despite seeming good intentions? How does the movie use stereotypes to comic effect?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Main character behaves badly, repeatedly, while imagining he's doing right, by imposing his values on his hosts and making assumptions about what's "funny."

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Some threat of war (missiles and guns deployed); Brooks accompanied by gun-toting Palestinian when he crosses border.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Brooks' wife shows brief cleavage; some belly dancers on TV, one job (apparently pre-op) applicant states he wants to be a woman.

  • language false3

    Language: Some use of the s-word and "hell," one f-word.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Brooks stays at the Hyatt in New Delhi; running joke about the outsourcing work to India (references to Kenmore, Dell, Toys R Us, Harry and David); also references to Finding Nemo.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Minor drinking in a bar; Brooks smokes a cigarette during his (unconvincing) ventriloquist's act; Palestinian comedians smoke something to get high when he comes to visit them.

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