Rock the Kasbah

2015

Action / Comedy / Music / War

6
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 8%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 38%
IMDb Rating 5.5 10 8021

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Zooey Deschanel as Ronnie
Bruce Willis as Bombay Brian
Kate Hudson as Merci
Bill Murray as Richie Lanz
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by phd_travel 8 / 10

Funny, transporting experience

A washed up talent manager arrives in Kabul to do a tour but ends up discovering a talented Afghan singer and enters her in a singing competition. It's a comedy and keeps the tone throughout even though the background is serious. The flight to and arrival in Kabul is quite laugh out loud. Lots of culture clash and war humor about the conditions in Kabul. Zooey Deschanel as the singer and Taylor Kinney as a soldier deliver some funny lines. This is a Bill Murray role and he keeps the comic tone and a droll vibe going. Kate Hudson looks pretty if unlikely as the hooker with the heart of gold. The young Afghan singer played by a Palestinian actress is quite lovely and sings well.

I don't understand the negativity. This is an insightful and very different comedy and a rare comic look into Afghanistan. The on location filming in Morocco is quite atmospheric. Worth a watch.

Reviewed by subxerogravity 6 / 10

It's an OK Bill Murray film, but don't expect it to be outstanding

It's a better song than it is a movie.

Bill Murray gives a decent performance as a talent manager stuck in Afghanistan when he discovers the talent of a young woman and literately changes the face of Afghan Television. The film is somewhat based on a real life event about a woman who song on a poplar TV show in her country when this sort of thing is not allowed.

You'd think having Murray in a movie would automatic make it Hysterical. After all, I've seen films were this man makes a cameo and it's the funnest moment in the movie.

Definitely not the case with Rock the Kasbah. It has great jokes and fun moments but they are far too distant from one another to be effective in the movie. What's worse is that they try to use comedy to send a message, and it fails miserably, to the point of embarrassment of how an American film just mismanaged someone else's culture.

Should I even mention that Bruce Willis and Kate Hudson are in it? Really does not matter cause they really did nothing in the movie, which is a shame cause I don't recall if Willis and Murray ever did a film together. The bigger shame is actually Zooey Deschanel, who I was hoping would mesh well with Murray's comic chops to make some entertaining screen time, but it did not.

Bill Murray's Bill Murray and he did good with what he was given, but what he was given was poor, making the movie mediocre.

Reviewed by bartlettjon 9 / 10

Rock the Kasbah (2015) Vintage Bill Murray

A small time talent agent from Van Nuys, California named "Richie Lanz" (Bill Murray) takes a singer on a most unlikely tour to Afghanistan. Richie thinks he is going to the legendary Kasbah, but his sub-teen daughter points out that the Kasbah is in a different country. Richie is not deterred by such details. He takes his singer to Afghanistan and very quickly he is liberated of passport, money, and singer leaving him completely vulnerable in a foreign war zone. But this is Richie Lanz from Van Nuys. With nothing but his wits and a talent for negotiation and undying faith in his gift of gab, what does he see? Opportunity. Murray's character walks the line of using great humor and sarcasm without crossing over into embarrassing the people of Afghanistan.

What could have degenerated into silly slapstick stuff, has some deadly serious moments when the Afghanis speak of a 25 year war that has decimated their homes, their families and culture as wars always do. Murray is supported by Bruce Willis as "Bombay Brian," who seems so subdued as to be in almost a cameo appearance. Opportunities missed here to use this character for comedy and taking some good "shots" at the lunacy of mercenaries.

Kate Hudson also appears as the village woman of entertainment ("Merci"). Her devastating good looks are amazing. Merci forms a business partnership with Richie to promote a talented local girl whose very existence is a challenge to the status quo as in Malala. The humor in this film is very good and well-paced through the film. Vintage Bill Murray stuff.

The message here is when 20 AK-47s are pointed at you, there is always the alternative to talk things out. Find a common ground and never stop believing in basic human decency. Hmmm. What a concept. Beats "shock and awe" any day of the week. There is a touching dedication at the end of the movie for the real life Afghani woman who inspired the film and dared to sing popular music publicly. Highly recommended.

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