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Just Like Us

Just Like Us (2011)

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75

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 3

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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

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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.

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

June 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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.

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source: 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.

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source: 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.

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

June 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Of course Arabs aren't a bunch of terrorists - but this movie bombs more often than not.

July 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Good intentions don't equal useful information. Perhaps Ahmed would learn more if he talked to more people who weren't his friends or family.

June 17, 2011 Full Review Source: RedEye
RedEye

It's a fresh look at the Middle East.

June 17, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Just Like Us has fine intentions, but in the interest of touting the unifying power of laughter, it papers over the discord that fuels its most compelling on- and off-stage moments.

June 9, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Important, heartwarming and highly informative documentary about bringing humor to the Arab/Muslim world, which-surprise!-is not at all humorless.

June 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

While the point - that humans of all ethnicities and beliefs share the ability to laugh - may seem obvious, this seems like a moment when that's not a bad thing to remember.

June 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

Most depressing is the overriding desire to confront the complexity of Arab-Western relations through feel-good platitudes.

June 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

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