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Just Like Us (2011)



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Modern technology and globalization have made the world a much smaller place and caused us to be more interconnected as people, yet cultural misconceptions persist. Through a celebration of culture and comedy, this film uproots the widely held misconception that Arabs have no sense of humor - when in fact they laugh, and are, just like us. This documentary features Egyptian-American comedian Ahmed Ahmed, in his directorial debut, along with a host of critically acclaimed international stand-up comedians. Presented by Cross Cultural Entertainment and Cross Cultural Productions, Just Like Us exemplifies their goal of reintroducing socially relevant issues to the world in an effort to build cultural bridges in this age of greater tolerance, understanding and acceptance. The film documents four countries in the Middle East, showcasing the cultures of Dubai, Lebanon, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Egypt with sold out crowds totaling over 20,000 people. Contemporary stand-up comedy has the powerful ability to provide relief, encourage a younger generation, break down barriers and serves as a platform for cross cultural dialogue. This art form is very new to the Middle East and older generations did not have the opportunity to appreciate this creative platform. --(c) Official Sitemore
Rating: R (for language.)
Genre: Documentary, Comedy, Special Interest
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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (13)

Throughout it all Ahmed is relentlessly upbeat, and he seems to have good reason to be. Yes, he's trying to sell an idea, but it's probably an idea well worth selling.

Full Review… | July 8, 2011
Detroit News
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[A] funny, deeply affecting documentary.

Full Review… | June 23, 2011
Dallas Morning News
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Though it's only 72 minutes, by the time it's over, you'll be ready for it to end.

Full Review… | June 16, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
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Even at 72 minutes, the film runs long, thanks to run-of-the-mill jokes and a shortage of truly revealing moments. Hack routines that wouldn't be amusing in person are even worse up on the big screen.

Full Review… | June 16, 2011
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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An ambitious revue film with a two-pronged mission: making Western audiences laugh and exploring why Mideast audiences might not.

Full Review… | June 14, 2011
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It's an interesting travelogue, even if it doesn't quite warrant the documentary's feel-good title.

Full Review… | June 10, 2011
Washington Post
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