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Looking For Comedy In The Muslim World Review


Terrible
Maybe placing the word "comedy" in the title is just another failed attempt at humor by Albert Brooks? Because the writer/director's pseudo-controversial Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World is the least funny picture he's ever conceived. Brooks should have found room for the word "duck," because this putrid bomb lays egg after egg after egg.

We begin with Brooks (playing himself) auditioning for a Penny Marshall-directed remake of Harvey. He doesn't get the part, largely because he's "not the next Jimmy Stewart," but he does follow Stewart's lead by heading off to Washington at the request of our government. He's asked to travel to India and Pakistan on a goodwill mission to discover what makes Muslims laugh. Might I suggest he start by looking any place his film isn't screening?

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The Muse Review


Excellent
Albert Brooks, who last gave us a wryly cynical meditation on mother-and-son relationships with Mother, turns now to a wryly cynical meditation on Hollywood and inspiration with the aptly titled The Muse.

Brooks plays Steven Phillips, a moderately successful Hollywood screenwriter who suddenly finds he's lost "his edge." In desperation he turns to friend Jack (Bridges), who introduces him to a girl named Sarah (Stone), whom Jack claims is a muse. Or rather, one of The Muses, a source of divine inspiration.

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Mother Review


Excellent
As Norman Bates said it: "A boy's best friend is his mother." And just as Norman's family had its own brand of extreme dysfunctionality, Albert Brooks dredges up more of his neuroses in Mother, a new comedy about making peace with your past -- particularly with Mom.

At least I think that's what it's about. Mother starts off with a definitive whimper, and it takes a long time to get to the real story. (Lisa Kudrow makes a short appearance at the film's opening -- which bodes ill for the film, as it violates the "Never put a Friend in a movie" rule which was established early last year.)

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2 Days In The Valley Review


Excellent
If you've seen the trailer, the #1 question on your mind about 2 Days in the Valley must be: Is it a Pulp Fictionrip-off, or is it a bad Pulp Fiction rip-off?

Well, the answer is this: Yes, it's a shameless Pulp Fictionrip-off (more like Pulp Fiction meets Short Cuts), but it's actually quite entertaining, in its own quirky little way.

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Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World Movie Review

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World Movie Review

Maybe placing the word "comedy" in the title is just another failed attempt at humor...

The Muse Movie Review

The Muse Movie Review

Albert Brooks, who last gave us a wryly cynical meditation on mother-and-son relationships with Mother,...

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Mother Movie Review

Mother Movie Review

As Norman Bates said it: "A boy's best friend is his mother." And...

2 Days In The Valley Movie Review

2 Days In The Valley Movie Review

If you've seen the trailer, the #1 question on your mind about 2 Days in...

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