Looking For Comedy in the Muslim World

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Overview

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 feature and who has just been passed by as director for a remake of Harvey. As Brooks wonders what's going to happen next with his career, his wife Amy Ryan, and his daughter, he's approached by government representatives who want him for a special assignment. The State ...
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Overview

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 feature and who has just been passed by as director for a remake of Harvey. As Brooks wonders what's going to happen next with his career, his wife Amy Ryan, and his daughter, he's approached by government representatives who want him for a special assignment. The State Department, eager to better understand the cultural gap between the United States and the Middle East, have been directed by the president to make a study of what makes Muslims laugh. Brooks is asked to fly to India and Pakistan and bring back a 500-page report on Muslim humor; told the Medal of Freedom may be his if he comes through, Brooks accepts. With a pair of State Department officials in tow, Stuart John Carroll Lynch and Mark Jon Tenney, and some help from a local assistant, Maya Sheetal Sheth, Brooks sets out to find the funny bone of India's and Pakistan's Muslim communities, though it doesn't take long to find out what they don't find funny -- his standup act. Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World was originally set for release in the United States by Sony Pictures Classics, but when they became nervous over the film's title, they dropped the project and it was picked up for distribution by Warner Independent Pictures.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Additional scenes; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
The setup for Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World -- that the government sends Albert Brooks, playing a variation on his neurotic, narcissistic comedic persona, on an international fact-finding mission in order to learn what makes people in Muslim countries laugh -- is little more than an excuse for Brooks to fire off a stream of his characteristically witty one-liners while also writing jokes about what he himself thinks makes great comedy. The highlight of the film is Brooks performing some of his oldest routines in front of a crowd of non-comprehending Muslims. Any longtime fan of the comic should find these bits, especially the one involving him "improvising" a comedy bit on the spot, painfully funny. The humor is compounded by the fact that the audience Brooks is performing for in the movie remains mostly silent. Assuming the film's audience finds the classic Brooks routine funny, we are now laughing at the routine as well as the fact that he as a performer is dying on-stage. That moment should make a viewer question why he or she is laughing, and why the audience in the film is not -- and this is the larger theme of the entire film. Brooks is getting at a lesson not dissimilar to the one Preston Sturges served up in Sullivan's Travels: everybody laughs, and that brings joy in even the most difficult situation. Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World falls short of offering any deep insight, but it might make the audience think just a little about the nature of comedy. For that reason, and as an excuse to film Brooks doing some of his classic standup bits, the movie is certainly worthwhile.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2006
  • UPC: 012569402829
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 18,193

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Albert Brooks Albert Brooks
Sheetal Sheth Maya
Jon Tenney Mark
John Carroll Lynch Stuart
Amy Ryan Emily
Fred Dalton Thompson Fred Dalton Thompson
Homie Dorodian Mageed
Kavi Raz Translator
Emma Lockhart Laura
Penny Marshall Penny Marshall
Victoria Burrows Casting Director
Paul Eric Jerome Studio Executive
B.J. Ward Barbara Nader
Tony Montero Don Budge
Lynda Berg Margaret Allenton
Steve Kramer Sam Loman
Conrad Bachmann Ben Wallerstein
Vipin Kumar Customs Agent
Avinash Kaur Job Applicant
Juliet Touzene Job Applicant
Sunny Raina Job Applicant
Rima Laham Job Applicant
Sanjeev Johrai Hotel Guest
Imran Mashkoor Khan Concierge
Kavita Ashok Waitress
Sandhya Bhatia Street Interview
Mitlesh Prasad Street Interview
Manoj Buxi Street Interview
Surinder Arora Man in Temple
Gabbar Singh Guide at Mosque
Raul Laskarov Man in Bar
Duncan Bravo Stage Manager
Kevin Mukherji Spotlight Man
Barbara Ali School Official
Ali Supriwala Fan
Sankalp Rastogi Audience Member
Dhiru Shah Indian Official
Ajay Mehta Indian Official
Radha Zaidi Indian Official
Anand Vadehra Pakistani Comedian
Lalit P. Jobanputra Pakistani Comedian
Gagan Deep Singh Pakistani Comedian
P.D. Mani Pakistani Comedian
Mike Akrawi Pakistani Comedian
Marco Kahn Pakistani Comedian
Ben Anand Pakistani Official
Raghu Bhagat Pakistani Official
Subash Kundanmal Pakistani Official
Ahmed Ahmed Escort
Yasmine Hannaney Receptionist
Marshall Manesh Shaif Al-Rafi
Sameh Sheik Mukhtar Al-Mujib
Shaheen Sheik News Anchor
Linden Soles News Anchor
Reena Dutt Bar Patron
Technical Credits
Albert Brooks Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Mike Aarvold Sound Mixer
Thomas E. Ackerman Cinematographer
Stephen Altman Production Designer
Angela Amaro Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Boland Casting
Anita Brandt-Burgoyne Editor
Leah P. Brown Costumes/Costume Designer
John Bucklin Art Director
Victoria Burrows Casting
Deborah Everton Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry K. Garvin Camera Operator
Michael Giacchino Score Composer
Nazhat Sharif Hester Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Hiller Camera Operator
David Hopkins Set Decoration/Design
Rajeev Mehra Production Manager
Herb Nanas Producer
Deepak Nayar Producer
Tabrez Noorani Producer
Joann Perritano Executive Producer, Producer
Arif Shamsi Asst. Director
Sonic Magic Studios Sound Mixer
Eric Tignini Asst. Director
Dan Wallin Sound Mixer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World
1. Thanks for Coming In [2:48]
2. Registered Letter [3:12]
3. What Makes Them Laugh [5:01]
4. Welcome to India [4:34]
5. Assistant Candidates [5:29]
6. Trading Sarcasms [3:36]
7. Let's Put on a Show [2:39]
8. They Work Everywhere [2:41]
9. No Apparent Reason [3:34]
10. Our Little Secret [4:31]
11. Room of His Own [4:37]
12. Self-Introduction [2:51]
13. My Friend Danny [5:41]
14. Improvisation Section [6:21]
15. After-the-Show High [2:02]
16. Show-Business Secret [1:09]
17. Border Crossing [3:05]
18. Killed 'Em in Pakistan [2:59]
19. Al-Jazeera Wants You [5:43]
20. That Darn Jew [1:50]
21. Where's the Taj Mahal [5:32]
22. Allowed to Bomb [3:09]
23. Gatherer Get None [4:13]
24. Monumental [3:53]
25. End Credits [2:23]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World
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      Additional Scenes
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English 5.1
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Posted June 23, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    That's Not Entertainment.

    This should not even have one star, yet you must put a rating, therefore one star it is. This DVD was not entertaining, to me, at all. The intended audience was not me, based on the fact that I did not laugh once at Mr. Albert Brooks. This must have been a documentary and I misunderstood it for a comedy. ***Glad I did not go to the movie theater to see this, I would have requested a refund. :( :(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a very funny movie

    simply put this is the funniest movie since "Best in Show"

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