Rock the Kasbah

2015

Action / Comedy / Music / War

7
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 8%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 38%
IMDb Rating 5.5 10 8832

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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 SnoopyStyle 4 / 10

laughs quickly disappear

Richie Lanz (Bill Murray) is a down-and-out music manager working out of a Van Nuys motel with his assistant Ronnie (Zooey Deschanel). He makes ends meet by conning money from gullible wannabes and booking bar mitzvah. They get recruited to an USO tour in Afganistan. The dangers freak out Ronnie and she runs away. Richie is befriended by irreverent amateur arms dealers Jake (Scott Caan) and Nick (Danny McBride). They take him to a club where he meets Miss Merci (Kate Hudson). Bombay Brian (Bruce Willis) arranged for Ronnie's departure and expects the other half of the money from Richie. Jake and Nick ropes Richie into a weapons run. With cab driver Riza as his translator, he finds his own Afghan Star.

The start is fine. Bill Murray is great as this kind of lovable loser and Deschanel is adorably scared. There are a couple of awkward chuckles. Then it's a surprising parade of Hollywood stars. The laughs quickly disappear as the movie struggles with the clashing tones of sincerity and surreal comedy. Murray's wise-cracking only grinds the humor to a halt. This is a terribly flawed movie.

Reviewed by namashi_1 3 / 10

All Talk, No Rock!

Barry Levinson is at his most underwhelming mode in 'Rock the Kasbah'. This Comedy is devoid of any big laughs & remains consistently dull. Only The Mighty Bill Murray keeps you going.

'Rock the Kasbah' Synopsis: A down-on-his-luck music manager discovers a teenage girl with an extraordinary voice while on a music tour in Afghanistan and takes her to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, Afghan Star.

'Rock the Kasbah' suffers from poor writing. Mitch Glazer's Screenplay makes no good use of its interesting premise. The Writing has no big laughs in store nor does it engage you. Gevinson's Direction is disappointing too.

God Bless Bill Murray, who's game here & the ONLY reason why one would go through 'Rock the Kasbah' entirely. He's watchable & fun to watch, as always.

On the whole, 'Rock the Kasbah' belies all the expectations.

Reviewed by woodcoinmagazine 7 / 10

Uneven yet entertaining show

Bill Murray almost always charms on screen with edgy comedic performances. (One exception is the much-touted "Groundhog Day," which this watcher thought was as annoying as a repetitive chorus in a pop song, a repetitive chorus in a pop song, as annoying.) But "Rock the Kasbah" is one of Murray's more charming films. In it, he plays a touring music manager who discovers a female daring to vocalize by herself in a cave in Afghanistan -- the law there forbids women from singing, so of course Murray represents her. Alongside this story, which is based on actual events, is a somewhat forced and perfunctory sub-plot involving guns, drugs and extortion; this is contrary to the theme of music saving the world and seems at odds with the theme of gender equality. Otherwise, this movie is a lot of fun. The bonus is Kate Hudson as a hooker who takes a break from her work to assist Murray in representing the Afghan woman. Her best line is "I fuc* like a mousekateer on crack" and the vitality she brings to her performance elipses any damage done by the thoroughly vapid Zooey Deschanel. A peace-train-rockin' soundtrack and sharp cinematography help buoy the uneven and interesting story.

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