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Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 20 January 2006 (USA)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Penny Marshall ... Herself
Victoria Burrows ... Casting Director
Paul Jerome Paul Jerome ... Studio Executive (as Paul Eric Jerome)
Albert Brooks ... Albert Brooks
Emma Lockhart ... Laura
Amy Ryan ... Emily Brooks
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Fred Dalton Thompson
B.J. Ward ... Barbara Nader
Tony Montero ... Don Budge
Lynda Berg Lynda Berg ... Margaret Allenton
Steve Kramer ... Sam Loman
Conrad Bachmann ... Ben Wallerstein
John Carroll Lynch ... Stewart
Jon Tenney ... Mark
Avinash Kaur Avinash Kaur ... Job Applicant
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Albert Brooks Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$429,223, 22 January 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$887,416, 5 March 2006
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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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

Albert Brooks: Write down that Polish jokes work everywhere.
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Connections

References There's No Business Like Show Business (1954) See more »

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There's No Business Like Show Business
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Albert Brooks
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"muslim world"
23 January 2006 | by cmdrnSee all my reviews

If you have ever been to India or intimately know peoples of the Indian subcontinent you should enjoy this movie. Mr Brooks has an interesting idea in this film which is not quite as developed as it could be. However, recently having visited Delhi and Agra and flying to Delhi on a plane that was like "a Greyhound bus to India". I and an Indian friend throughly enjoyed this film. There are great scenes of Delhi...street scenes showing the chaos and confusion,like vehicles on the roads, including that green and yellow 3 wheeled motorized rickshaw which we ventured on, cows and an occasional elephant in the street...and various historic Muslim and Hindu monuments. We laughed and laughed. It was silly, fun and nostalgic for us and great entertainment for a rainy Saturday evening.


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