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Modern technology and globalization have made the world a much smaller place and caused us to be more interconnected as people, yet cultural misconceptions persist. Through a celebration of culture and comedy, this film uproots the widely held misconception that Arabs have no sense of humor - when in fact they laugh, and are, just like us. This documentary features Egyptian-American comedian Ahmed Ahmed, in his directorial debut, along with a host of critically acclaimed international stand-up comedians. Presented by Cross Cultural Entertainment and Cross Cultural Productions, Just Like Us… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

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"Throughout it all Ahmed is relentlessly upbeat, and he seems to have good reason to be. Yes, he's trying to sell an idea, but it's probably an idea well worth selling."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Even at 72 minutes, the film runs long, thanks to run-of-the-mill jokes and a shortage of truly revealing moments. Hack routines that wouldn't be amusing in person are even worse up on the big screen."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Of course Arabs aren't a bunch of terrorists - but this movie bombs more often than not."
‑ Brett Michel, Boston Phoenix
"Just Like Us has fine intentions, but in the interest of touting the unifying power of laughter, it papers over the discord that fuels its most compelling on- and off-stage moments."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Most depressing is the overriding desire to confront the complexity of Arab-Western relations through feel-good platitudes."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"[A] funny, deeply affecting documentary."
‑ Michael Granberry, Dallas Morning News
"An ambitious revue film with a two-pronged mission: making Western audiences laugh and exploring why Mideast audiences might not."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"Good intentions don't equal useful information. Perhaps Ahmed would learn more if he talked to more people who weren't his friends or family."
‑ Matt Pais, RedEye
"Important, heartwarming and highly informative documentary about bringing humor to the Arab/Muslim world, which-surprise!-is not at all humorless."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Though it's only 72 minutes, by the time it's over, you'll be ready for it to end."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"It's an interesting travelogue, even if it doesn't quite warrant the documentary's feel-good title."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"It's a fresh look at the Middle East."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"While the point - that humans of all ethnicities and beliefs share the ability to laugh - may seem obvious, this seems like a moment when that's not a bad thing to remember."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
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