Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005)

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Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World: Directed by Albert Brooks. With Penny Marshall, Victoria Burrows, Paul Jerome, Albert Brooks. To improve its relations with Muslim countries, the United States government sends comedian Albert Brooks to south Asia to write a report on what makes followers of Islam laugh.

“After a rather slow beginning in which a girl gets proposed to, the movie picks up when she gets turned into a giant on her wedding day and from that on the film is frenetically comic. Like most Dreamworks cartoons, this one can feel like itu0026#39;s trying too hard (Dreamworks has a Looney-Tunes-on-speed approach that can be a little exhausting), but at its best the movie is wildly funny.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe story and characters are admittedly generic, but pleasantly so. But there is a certain annoying laziness to the plotting. The death of one character is treated as sad even though the audience is given no reason to care, and the female empowerment angle is a bit on the silly side. The plot is at a kidu0026#39;s movie level, even though the humor is funniest enough for this adult.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eNot a great cartoon, but a very enjoyable one.”

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