Rock the Kasbah
Rock the Kasbah
R | 22 October 2015 (USA)
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A washed-up music producer finds one last shot at redemption with a golden-voiced young girl in Afghanistan. However, when jealousy gets the better of a disgruntled ex-boyfriend, he decides to oppose the young star with talent of his own.


Slow pace in the most part of the movie.

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Simply A Masterpiece

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Good , But It Is Overrated By Some

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Absolutely the worst movie.

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Have you heard of 'AFGHAN IDOL' ? No? What about "The most hated woman in Afghanistan"? Her true name is Setara Hussainzada. Why is she the most hated woman in Afghanistan? Because she dared to sing and dance in the TV final of her country's version of American Idol. During her sedate routine, her headscarf slipped, showing her hair and outraging the war-torn country's religious fundamentalists. This film is inspired by this. And it deserves more than 5.5 stars. Leem Lubany is very good as Salima, the character inspired by Setara. Bill Murray is very good as her manager, Richie Lanz. Bruce Willis as Bombay Brian, Kate Hudson as Merci and Zooey Deschanel as Ronnie, are efficient too. Great music, great film.

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I'm not going to lie and call it great cinema, but I found this movie endearing. The humor was off-beat in a good way and the cast performed very well all around. It also managed to convey some serious things without getting heavy handed.The talented and brave Salima Khan was an absolute joy, both to hear sing and to watch. Generally, the story and characters gave a rather Americanized view of Afghanistan, but the parts with her in them were spot on authentic in feel.Was I laughing out loud the whole film through? Not at all. But aside from some slow pacing I found it an enjoyable experience (would have loved to see more Zooey Deschanel though).

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I love Barry Levinson films, heck, I even got a kick out of Toy's, sue me. Rock the Kasbah has heart, Bill Murray delivers his usual top notch performance as a down on his luck music promoter who travels to Afghanistan to showcase his current act for the soldiers stationed there and hope to make a few bucks. The fish out of water concept starts out in a typical fashion but along the way the film's deeper underlying themes come out and you end up learning something without being bashed over the head. There are many similar beats to Barry's previous work where humour is used to disarm the viewer and allow them to develop a connection to the deeper themes as he deftly did with "Good Morning Vietnam". Both are war movies, and show the consequences of an un-winable war, delivered through the lens of the entertainers that perform in those regions. I don't understand the negative reviews from the critics, is it because it showed the American involvement in Afghanistan as somewhat negative and it wouldn't be patriotic to support such a statement? Did it come out too soon, if we need a few years distance from the events happening within the film would it have received a warmer reception? Only time can tell, but for me, Great music, fantastic cast, and heartwarming message makes this worth your time.

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-Rock the Kasbah is a 2015 American comedy film directed by Barry Levinson and written by Mitch Glazer. The film stars Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Leem Lubany, Scott Caan, Danny McBride, Kelly Lynch, Arian Moayed, Taylor Kinney, and Beejan Land. The film was released on October 23, 2015, by Open Road Films.--Box office:-According to Box Office Mojo, the film had the fifth-worst opening of all-time for a film playing in 2,000+ theaters, grossing an average $731 per venue (fellow opener Jem and the Holograms had an even worse $570 average).--Critical response:-Rock the Kasbah received negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 8%, based on 107 reviews, with an average rating of 3.4/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The Shareef don't like Rock the Kasbah, and neither will viewers hoping for a film that manages to make effective use of Bill Murray's knack for playing lovably anarchic losers." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 29 out of 100, based on 33 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". On CinemaScore, audiences gave the film an average grade of "B–" on an A+ to F scale.

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