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Rock the Kasbah (2015)

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A down-on-his-luck music manager discovers a teenage girl with an extraordinary voice while on a music tour in Afghanistan and takes her to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, Afghan Star.

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Richie Lanz
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Bombay Brian
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Merci
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Ronnie
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Salima
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Riza
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Jake
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Nick
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Daoud (as Beehan Land)
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Azam Ghol
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Nizar
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Nasim
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Private Barnes
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Brittany
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A down-on-his-luck music manager discovers a teenage girl with an extraordinary voice while on a music tour in Afghanistan and takes her to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, Afghan Star.

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Opportunity rocks when you least expect it.

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Comedy | Music | War

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Rated R for language including sexual references, some drug use and brief violence | See all certifications »

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23 October 2015 (USA)  »

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Rock ba'Kasbah - be'Afghanistan  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,470,592 (USA) (23 October 2015)

Gross:

$2,982,281 (USA) (20 November 2015)
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Trivia

Second movie starring Zooey Deschanel and Kate Hudson involving music, after Almost Famous (2000). See more »

Goofs

Private Barnes has a right shoulder sleeve insignia (combat patch) on his right shoulder, indicating that he has already completed a combat deployment. It is highly unlikely that he would still be a Private on his second deployment. Additionally, a Private would never be in charge of a security escort detail. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Maureen: [having just finished singing her audition] Mr. Lanz? I'm done.
Richie Lanz: [long pause] No.
[sighs]
Richie Lanz: Forgive me. No. You're just beginning.
Maureen: You liked it?
Richie Lanz: Liked it? You made me want to swallow poison. And forget pitch, rhythm and tone... and emotional attachment to the lyric or the melody.
Maureen: I'm sorry. I don't think I...
Richie Lanz: A grain of sand slips into an oyster... and irritates the bivalve. What happens?
Maureen: A pearl.
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Crazy Credits

Just after the closing credits begin, there is an inset scene running alongside. In it, Bill Murray haggles with a vendor who offers him colored string. The vendor speaks no English, while Murray carries on his side of the negotiation in English only. Murray rejects the string, saying "Do I look like a guy who uses string?", but he wants to buy a stuffed elephant with mirrors on it because early in the movie he promised to buy his daughter that exact item. In the end he also buys the colored string. See more »

Connections

References Afghan Star (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Suerte (Whenever, Wherever)
Written by Shakira (as Shakira Mebarak) and Tim Mitchell
Performed by Shakira
Courtesy of Epic Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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I really enjoyed and I highly recommend this. If you liked Good Morning Vietnam you will love this one as well.
30 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"From the moment you heard me sing. Since you found me in the cave. Since we were put here on the Earth. Everything in our lives has led us to this time, this place." Richie Lanz (Murray) is a music manager who has fallen on tough times. When he decides to take his client to Afghanistan on tour she freaks out and disappears. Unsure of what to do he thinks his prayers are answered when he hears someone singing in a cave. He really thinks she has the talent to win the Afghan Star singing competition but is hampered by the traditions of the country. This is a great movie. Just flat out great. Not only is Bill Murray good (as always) but the music is great as well. The best way to describe this is a music centered version of Good Morning Vietnam. Funny and smart with a serious topic all holding it together. This is a movie that I really enjoyed and I recommend highly. Overall, if you liked Good Morning Vietnam you will love this one as well. I give it an A-.


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