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Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2006)



Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 109
Fresh: 46 | Rotten: 63

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


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 22

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



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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



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

November 27, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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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.

October 7, 2006 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)
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I think this thing is just flat and dead.

February 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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A comedian should never attempt to be a diplomat.

February 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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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.

February 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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For all its silliness, Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World is also a work of integrity.

January 20, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

March 12, 2010 Full Review Source: CNNRadio

If there were any justice, the garlands now given to Woody Allen for Match Point would be handed over to Brooks

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Brooks is going to India to shoot a movie (most of it filmed in New Delhi) about how to get laughs on foreign soil.

December 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

In Albert Brooks's new film, we get another plausible explanation of why we fight -- and it may be the most unsettling of all.

November 11, 2006 Full Review Source: The Nation
The Nation

Those who like their humor wry and dry will be rewarded by a nuanced study of the way self-absorption can keep people disconnected, be they comedians, governments, or you and me.

September 27, 2006
Christianity Today

Looking For Comedy in the Muslim World is full of Albert Brooks' trademark jokes and absurd scenarios.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Despite the potential for disaster Brooks sets up with the title, the movie is relatively harmless. It's just so very harmless that it doesn't make much of an impression.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Brooks o tipo de comediante mais corajoso que existe: aquele que prefere ser considerado um fracasso pela maioria desde que, no processo, divirta alguns poucos que consigam compreender seu senso de humor sutil e auto-depreciativo.

May 28, 2006
Cinema em Cena

... likeable.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Uses Middle Eastern stereotypes only to question what could be accomplished by foolishly sending Americans into a world we don't comprehend.

May 4, 2006 Full Review Source:

Whether it was supposed to or not, it still falls uncharacteristically flat.

February 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinerina

An essentially toothless affair, poking fun at American imperialism and its attendant cluelessness while never illuminating much beyond the obvious.

February 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Albert Brooks is in general a funny guy. Many of his films are really good, especially when he doesn't play himself.

February 11, 2006
Greenwich Village Gazette

Someone revoke this guy's visa, quick.

February 11, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Unfunny business.

February 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

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.
May 6, 2007

Super Reviewer

Brooks fails to bridge that crucial sar-chasm that transcends any language barrier.
November 7, 2006

Super Reviewer

An interesting movie. Quite good.
July 30, 2008
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