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Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Odd comedy sends Albert Brooks to South Asia.

Movie PG-13 2006 98 minutes
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Despite its title, the quirky Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World, like all Albert Brooks movies, is about his world. While the comedian journeys to India and briefly across the border to Pakistan in search of "comedy," the film's primary punch line has to do with the Brooks character finding that he resides in his own world wherever he goes.

When Brooks' show takes him across the Pakistani border, he meets with comedians who don't speak English. At the same time, administrations on both sides of the India-Pakistan border read his movements as espionage, mounting their missiles in anticipation of the other's strike. Brooks remains blithely unaware of his broader effects, emulating the nation he represents. And in this way, intentionally or not, Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World makes its point.

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