Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World

5.51 h 38 min2006PG-13
Historically, America has had a hard time understanding the Muslim world.
Albert Brooks
Albert BrooksJohn Carroll LynchSheetal Sheth
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Jon TenneyFred ThompsonAmy RyanHomie DoroodianKavi RazEmma LockhartPenny Marshall
Herb Nanas
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.2 out of 5 stars

179 global ratings

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carefulReviewed in the United States on September 25, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very funny/ less funny
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Defending Your Life has a clever, funny script that is well acted by all the cast. I can watch it over and over again. Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World sounds like a funny idea that never really takes off or goes anywhere. It ends quite suddenly as if someone suddenly realised they were running out of film and ends with a whimper.
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KGReviewed in the United States on April 19, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Typically bone-dry, odd, sometimes very funny Albert Brooks satire.
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Typically bone-dry, odd, sometimes very funny Albert Brooks satire. He’s sent to India and Pakistan by the US government to find out what makes Muslims laugh, so we can communicate with them better. The film does an excellent job of skewering over-simplistic show biz and government pretensions about ‘reaching out’ to people we don’t understand, with the assumption they are simply are ‘just like us’ without the need to dig deeper. More uneven than Brooks' best work ("Mother", "Lost In America"), but when it’s good, it’s very good.
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Curt AmosReviewed in the United States on May 29, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Defending your life is my favorite Mel Brooks movie. Hard to find in stores. Haven’t seen the other one though
Vanessa StrangeReviewed in the United States on May 1, 2007
1.0 out of 5 stars
Pass on this Brooks film.....not one of his best.
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I've long been an Albert Brooks fan, when he's "on", he's sooo good. But I waited and waited to laugh while watching this "comedy. It just didn't work. Decent premise, but something was lacking. Flat. I loved Modern Romance, parts of Defending Your Life, Mom, The Muse, Real Life, the perspiration scene in Broadcast News, and I was moved by his acting in My Mister. But The Scout and the Inlaws weren't worthy of him. And that certainly was the case in this film.

And let's not forget the intro of The Twilight Zone remake.....I loved that.

Modern Romance is one of my all time favorite movies. I felt absolutely no chemistry between Brooks the protagonist and the wife and child in this movie. None. Pass on this film.
9 people found this helpful
Andrew S.Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Brooks' odd and off-beat humor is showcased.
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This movie takes a funny premise and then uses Brooks' odd and off-beat humor to deliver the punch lines. Sometimes subtle and easy to miss, his jokes and set ups are hilarious!.
dtmrReviewed in the United States on February 9, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
DVD only plays one of the two movies.
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Only one movie plays.
Michelle SpauldingReviewed in the United States on October 4, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
I didn’t get the movie I requested!!!!
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Very dis-satisfied. Received the item. Only one disc. Not the movie I wanted. I did not receive the movie. Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World. So upset. I want my Money back. I don’t even care about the other movie!!!!!!!! Star rating. I don’t even want to press 1. I couldn’t go any further without pressing at least one!!!!! Very very dissatisfied!!!!!
BreedlyReviewed in the United States on June 13, 2015
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not as funny as I remembered it was
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It was OK. Not as funny as I remembered it was. The satire in the movie seemed dated.. appropriate for 2006, not 2015. Worth a watch if it were on Prime, or if you have a free rental and nothing else on your list, especially if you are into the Albert Brooks brand of comedy.
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