Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World
  • PG-13
  • 1h 38m
  • 2006
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"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.
© 2005 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. © 2005 Shangri-La Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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

June 21, 2017
AV Club
Nathan Rabin

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

June 21, 2017
Stephanie Zacharek

The movie has a perversely unifying effect: Muslims, Christians and Jews may not be able to agree...

January 29, 2019
Ebert & Roeper
Richard Roeper

I think this thing is just flat and dead.

January 29, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Odd comedy sends Albert Brooks to South Asia.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the film's comedy is premised on stereotypes and parodies, showcasing the protagonist's self-absorbed ignorance, and by extension, U.S. self-importance when dealing with "the Muslim World." Some jokes are potentially offensive ("Your mother thinks Muslim is a fabric"; a director says she doesn't want to "go a Jewish way" on her new movie) and some characters are obnoxious. Pakistani and Indian officials misread Brooks' activities, both sides thinking he's a spy for the other, and "resume armed conflict" at film's end (this is represented as a joke, in the background on TV). The film features some strong language ("hell," s-words, one f-word).

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:January 20, 2006
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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