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Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005)

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To improve its relations with Muslim countries, the United States government sends comedian Albert Brooks to south Asia to write a report on what makes followers of Islam laugh.

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The American senate, in order to improve it's fast declining global image, asks comedian Albert Brooks to write a 500 page document about what makes Muslims laugh in India and Pakistan. Bidding adieu to his wife and young daughter,and accompanied by two government bureaucrats, Albert opens up an office in New Delhi, hires a pretty Secretary, Maya, and goes around asking people at random as to what makes them laugh. He finds that people generally look at him suspiciously and refuse to answer any questions. He then decides to go public and stage a comedy show, the suggested place for the publicity is old Delhi. Accordingly the four re-locate, book a school auditorium to seat about 400 people, go around the city distributing leaflets, inviting the general public to attend the show. They get a houseful response, however, Albert's comedy act fails to impress. He then decides to try his hand in Pakistan, only to be told that he cannot get a visa for another 14 days. He decides to enter ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Rated PG-13 for drug content and brief strong language | See all certifications »
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9 November 2006 (Hungary)  »

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Untitled Albert Brooks Project  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$429,223 (USA) (20 January 2006)

Gross:

$887,416 (USA) (3 March 2006)
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Trivia

Sony Pictures Classics was originally going to distribute the film in the USA but chose not to, citing controversy over the film's title, which they wanted to change. Warner Independent Pictures then picked up the film for US distribution. See more »

Goofs

The Indian flag shown in the Indian government office is upside down. The correct order of the flag is saffron at the top and green at the bottom. See more »

Quotes

Maya: If I don't laugh at something that I'm supposed to, then please feel free to just kick me so I understand.
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References That Darn Cat! (1965) See more »

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Put on a Happy Face
Written by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams
Performed by Dick Van Dyke
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with SONY BMG Music Entertainment
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Wouldn't make a 5 yr old laugh.
25 September 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

We'll I must admit, I'm quite confused. If this is an attempt to explore the Muslims sense of humour then I think maybe it would have been a good idea to actually have some FUNNY content, especially in the stand up routines. On the other hand if this is a parody on the differences in humour then it failed completely because all I saw was someone who totally failed to understand his subject and was quite offencive at times.

Well. I'll put it like this, For a comedy, it wasn't funny. For an exploration of Muslim humour, it wasn't even a tiny bit insightful. For a bridge building exercise, it was embracing. And for a movie, it was a complete waste of my time.


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