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Not Really Very Funny

by Mike on 7/5/2007

I caught this on IFC and thought the premise sounded interesting...........but Its just not funny, a few chuckles with the government guys along to help Brooks. We learn nothing about the Indian or Pakistani people, a waste of time.

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Not much comedy

on 8/11/2007

The acting was good and Mr. Brooks is a thoughtful, intelligent dead pan comic. The topic is timely. However, the script was very slow and the movie as funny as the response of his standup act in India. There is subtle comedy; but so subtle that it is mostly non-existent. I found more pain than comedy, although his premise that Americans are America-centric and do not understand the rest of the world and refuse to learn about the rest of the world is all too true. I live in the Middle East and can verify that premise. In my opinion, this is an opportunity lost. The movie is intellectually honest (about American perceptions of the rest of the world) but not funny.

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Product Overview

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World is the hilarious story of what happens when the U.S. Government sends comedian Albert Brooks to India and Pakistan to find out what makes the over 300 million Muslims in the region laugh. Brooks, accompanied by two state department handlers and his trusted assistant, goes on a journey that takes him from a concert stage in New Delhi, to the Taj Mahal, to a secret location in the mountains of Pakistan. Written and directed by Albert Brooks, Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World is a funny and insightful look at some of the issues we are dealing with in a post-9/11 world. The comedy also stars Sheetal Sheth, John Carroll Lynch, Jon Tenney, and Fred Dalton Thompson.

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Studio Warner
SKU 202520016
UPC 012569402829
UPC 14 00012569402829
Format DVD
Release Date 8/29/2006
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Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Actors
Name Brooks,Albert
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Albert Brooks - Actor
Albert Brooks - Director
Albert Brooks - Writer
Anita Brandt Burgoyne - Editor
Fred Dalton Thompson - Actor
Michael Giacchino - Original Music By
Penny Marshall - Actor
Steve Bing, et. al. - Producer
Thomas E. Ackerman - Cinematographer
Victoria Burrows - Actor
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Review The best way I can describe "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World" is an intriguing failure. I doubt philosophical musings about the nature of humor are the reasons why potential audience members go to see an Albert Brooks picture. As comedies go, despite its unusual structure and premise, this one is sub-par. There are stretches when one has the sense that we're looking for comedy in "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World". Strange that a movie about comedy is so lacking in this quality.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli's
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review I liked the movie. I smiled a lot. It maintained its tone in the face of bountiful temptations to get easy laughs. It never identifies a Muslim (or Hindu) sense of humor, but then again Brooks never does anything funny, so maybe that's why. Of course they have a sense of humor in India, because the best-selling English-language novelist in the country is P.G. Wodehouse. If you don't know who Wodehouse was, that's all right, you didn't know who Gandhi was, either. If you knew who Gandhi was but still don't get the Halloween joke, that may have been because you were pronouncing "Gandhi" correctly.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
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DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Brooks,Albert
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Claudia Puig, USA Today Hilarious...Classic Brooks.
Nathan Rabin, The Onion A.V. Club ...succeeds smashingly both as a comedy and as a savvy deconstruction of comedy.
Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card I laughed my socks off.

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