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Tickling Giants

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Powerful docu follows story of "Jon Stewart of Egypt."

Movie NR 2017 111 minutes
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This powerful story of the "Jon Stewart of Egypt" makes you think not just about how humor is important under despotic regimes, but also how it works in democratic ones. It's incredible to see Youssef shed his scrubs and try his hand at political satire. And he doesn't just try -- he thrives, striking a chord with mostly young Egyptian viewers who are thrilled to finally connect with someone who isn't afraid to poke a little fun at authority.

But unlike Stewart -- who makes several appearances in the documentary to support his international protege -- Youssef doesn't have a channel like Comedy Central backing his show or a democratic country filled with viewers who understand that political humor is not only allowable but sometimes necessary. In the end, Youssef realizes that questioning those in power comes with a cost, and he ends up having to pay -- not with his life (thank goodness), but with his and his family's safety. Regardless of whether audiences are familiar with Youssef, Tickling Giants is a must-see for any comedy lover.

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