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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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Emily Brooks
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Fred Dalton Thompson
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Barbara Nader
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Sam Loman
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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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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$887,416 (USA) (3 March 2006)
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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 »

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As stated by Sen. Thompson at the meeting where the trip is planned, there are 150 million Muslims in India. But when Brooks and his helpers take to the streets inviting people to the comedy show, they hand out flyers at random. Since India is predominantly Hindu, most of the audience is going to be Hindu, not Muslim, contrary to the premise and the title. See more »

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Man in Temple: [giving example of what makes him laugh] Okay. Laughter is a very serious business, I suppose. Ah, we put it this way. When suppose this gentleman... he is my friend. He takes me for a ride. He takes undue advantage... of my innocence, you can say. I am an emotional fool. He is trying to make me fool, but, I am not - a fool. I allow *him* to make me a fool. You know? Just be ignorant. I just trying to... pretend that okay: I know nothing about him. I know, ah, nothing about the, you know, game ...
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There's No Business Like Show Business
Written by Irving Berlin
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Painfully Un-funny
2 October 2006 | by (Hollywood, California) – See all my reviews

Look, I like Albert Brooks. I find him wittingly funny. However this film was an absolute bore. The 'Idea' of the film was far more humorous than the film itself. This film is one of the very best examples that 'the' funniest parts of the film were in the trailer. And the trailer's funny parts were, well, just somewhat humorous.

The most unbearable part for me (along with most of the film) was the scene where he did his stand up routine for an audience at a school auditorium. 'Me', and American, who actually really likes Brooks, found the routine, the 'elongated' routine absolutely not funny. If it wouldn't even appeal to us in a satirical way, how, why..... it simply was not funny! It's been a looooong time since I've ever not watched an entire film because it was so bad. Though I made it through this one to the end, I cant remember the last time I wanted so bad to cut my losses and shut it down. I should have.

But don't just go by me. There are people here that found some sense of humor in it, so might you. Yet for me, I'd rather have gone to the dentist.


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