Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2006)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Although the premise seems ripe for laughs, Albert Brooks isn't ruthless or clever enough to pull it off.


Movie Info

Comic and filmmaker Albert Brooks serves his country while struggling to get some laughs in this offbeat satiric comedy. Brooks plays himself, a comedic filmmaker whose most recent success was providing the voice of a fish for an animated feature and who has just been passed by as director for a remake of Harvey. As Brooks wonders what's going to happen next with his career, his wife (Amy Ryan), and his daughter, he's approached by government representatives who want him for a special … More

Rating: PG-13 (for drug content and brief strong language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Albert Brooks
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 29, 2006
Box Office: $0.8M
Runtime:
Warner Bros. - Official Site

Cast


as Mark Brody

as Emily Brooks

as Translator

as Casting Director

as Barbara Nader

as Margaret Allenton

as Sam Loman

as Studio Executive

as Don Budge

as Customs Agent

as Ben Wallerstein

as Job Applicant

as Job Applicant

as Job Applicant

as Job Applicant

as Hotel Guest

as Waitress

as Street Interview

as Street Interview

as Street Interview

as Man in Temple

as Guide at Mosque

as Man in Bar

as Stage Manager

as Spotlight Man

as School Official

as Audience Member

as Indian Official

as Indian Official

as Indian Official

as Pakistani Comedian

as Pakistani Comedian

as Pakistani Comedian

as Pakistani Comedian

as Pakistani Comedian

as Pakistani Comedian

as Pakistani Official

as Pakistani Official

as Pakistani Official

as Escort

as Receptionist

as Shaif Al-Rafi

as Mukhtar Al-Mujib

as News Anchor

as News Anchor

as Bar Patron
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Critic Reviews for Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World

All Critics (114) | Top Critics (38)

Looking for Comedy succeeds smashingly both as a comedy and as a savvy deconstruction of comedy.

Full Review… | November 27, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

The movie has a perversely unifying effect: Muslims, Christians and Jews may not be able to agree on exactly who the heck Jesus is, but they're fully capable of bonding in boredom.

Full Review… | October 7, 2006
Salon.com
Top Critic

I think this thing is just flat and dead.

Full Review… | February 11, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

I like all of Brooks's features, which are brilliantly conceptualized and deftly executed. This one's no exception, and some of the laughs are genuinely cathartic.

Full Review… | February 11, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A comedian should never attempt to be a diplomat.

Full Review… | February 11, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Finally seeing this film so many years after I was told it was awful, I can't agree with the people who told me that. Perhaps I love Brooks' self-deprecating humor too much. Paul Chambers, CNN.

Full Review… | March 12, 2010
CNNRadio

Audience Reviews for Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World

Albert Brooks is one of those actor-writer-directors who definitely hits and misses. Like Lost in America, this movie is mostly a hit. I laughed very hard for periods of time in this pseudo-documentary about Brooks' US government sponsored search to determine, in a 500-page report : ), what constitutes "funny" in India and Pakistan. I loved sequences like the job interview and, especially, Brooks' stand-up performance in India where he redefines impromptu comedy -- and revives one of his very early real-life ventriloquist routines. More than anything in this, I was overjoyed to discover the acting and comedic talents of American-born Sheetal Sheth. She is definitely worth the watch, even if you've been disappointed by some of Brooks' work in years gone by.

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binky013
Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

Brooks fails to bridge that crucial sar-chasm that transcends any language barrier.

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wbgoose13
William Goss

Super Reviewer

½

An interesting movie. Quite good.

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iLeo
Leo L

Super Reviewer

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