Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2006)

Comic and filmmaker Albert Brooks serves his country while struggling to get some laughs in this offbeat satiric comedy. Brooks plays himself, a comedic filmmaker whose most recent success was providing the voice of a fish for an animated… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: January 20, 2006
DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
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Critic Score: 42% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Although the premise seems ripe for laughs, Albert Brooks isn't ruthless or clever enough to pull it off.

Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Looking for Comedy succeeds smashingly both as a comedy and as a savvy deconstruction of comedy.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

A comedian should never attempt to be a diplomat.

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Paul Chambers

Finally seeing this film so many years after I was told it was awful, I can't agree with the people who told me that. Perhaps I love Brooks' self-deprecating humor too much. Paul Chambers, CNN.

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Stephanie Zacharek

The movie has a perversely unifying effect: Muslims, Christians and Jews may not be able to agree on exactly who the heck Jesus is, but they're fully capable of bonding in boredom.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

I like all of Brooks's features, which are brilliantly conceptualized and deftly executed. This one's no exception, and some of the laughs are genuinely cathartic.

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Fernando F. Croce

If there were any justice, the garlands now given to Woody Allen for Match Point would be handed over to Brooks

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

I think this thing is just flat and dead.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

For all its silliness, Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World is also a work of integrity.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Brooks is going to India to shoot a movie (most of it filmed in New Delhi) about how to get laughs on foreign soil.

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Flixster Audience Score: 27% Flixster User Reviews
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Albert Brooks is one of those actor-writer-directors who definitely hits and misses. Like <i>Lost in America,</i> this movie is mostly a hit. I… More
William Goss
Brooks fails to bridge that crucial sar-chasm that transcends any language barrier.
Leo L
An interesting movie. Quite good.