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Plot: 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. Runtime: 106 mins Release Date: 23 Oct 2015
Rock the Kasbah is an upcoming 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.Richie Lanz Bill Murray , a has-been rock manager takes his last remaining client on a USO tour of Afghanistan. When Richie finds himself in Kabul, abandoned, penniless and without his U.S. passport, he discovers a young Afghan girl with an extraordinary voice and manages her through Afghanistan's version of <more>
American Idol.Rock The Kasbah is surprisingly a great musical comedy.I am absolutely sure this film will achieve international success.
This was a brilliantly funny film with a great cast! (by richardkhanjr)
We just watched this film and it was brilliant.Bill Murray doing what he does best and making us laugh. This role was meant for him and it was entertaining from start to finish!I highly recommend watching Rock the Kasbah as it will appeal to an audience of all ages.Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel were well cast and Leem Lubany was great as Salima Khan. When the film finishes, wait for the extra bit in the box with Bill Murray buying an elephant....... and string :-
Starts with an absurd premise that turns out to be refreshingly entertaining (by Rsacto)
"Rock the Kasbah" revolves around a washed-up Hollywood music talent agent Bill Murray fortuitously booking a gig for his best singer Zooey Deschanel in Afghanistan, entertaining the American troops. When they arrive in-country and are greeted by security-obsessed Army types, the singer wigs out and leaves Murray flat, having stolen his money and passport. Murray somehow ends up partnering with a gun-runner Bruce Willis , and when he accepts an overnight invitation by their warlord customer, discovers that the warlord's daughter is a musical prodigy. Murray then secretly <more>
arranges for the the daughter to sing on the Afghan version of "American Idol," which of course she wins and becomes a social and political icon to Afghan women for standing up to her devoutly Muslim, authoritarian father.If all of this seems preposterous that a broke, schlumpy American hustler could even escape getting stoned to death for all this, much less successfully promoting the young singer's television singing career, you're right. But yet, pic is somehow hypnotically engaging, and you end up rooting for the most unlikely characters.The takeaway is that pic is entertaining from the very first frame, partly because of Murray's masterful take on his character, partly because of the deft, lightning-quick direction, and of course, the inspired casting including small, supporting roles with Deschanel, Willis, and Kate Hudson playing a POSH "working girl" turning tricks out of her ramshackle trailer near the Army base . "Rock the Kasbah" is fun! It's silly and absurd, but fun nonetheless. This is the kind of dark comedy I've needed for some time as an refreshing antidote to the big studio placebos with $200 million dollar budgets that have bored the bejesus out of me lately. "Rock the Kasbah" was produced for fifteen million, proving once again that a good script, good casting, and good direction can produce a wonderfully entertaining film without an astronomical budget.
Another Great Performance and film with Bill Murray (by roguecritic42)
I think this is a film that true Bill Murray fans will love and get. Bill Murray is one of the greatest actors and comedians of the past 20 years. If you are not the type of person to understand Bill Murray's subtle comedy and charm, then you probably won't get this film.If you see "Comedy with Bill Murray" and you expect to see The Hangover or Bridesmaids type humor, then of coarse you will be disappointed. I had about 10 big laugh out loud moments during this film.But this movie is more than that, it had a good message behind it and for most people who do not live in third <more>
world countries this movie also provided a very interesting view of the culture in another country.Also, there are a lot of cameos by very famous and fantastic actors that I had no idea were involved in this movie, until I watched it. I don't even want to mention those actors names because the surprise of seeing them in this movie added to the charm.Not only that, but the cultural message behind this movie was so important, touching, and moving, and demonstrates that love and beauty will triumph over old archaic beliefs that restrict societies that have trouble letting go of the past.As with most Bill Murray movies, it won't be an all around crowd pleaser. But there is an audience who will truly appreciate this movie as I did. I give it a 9 out of 10. I reserve 10 for movies I love so much that I want to scream it from the roof tops. This movie truly deserves a 9 out of 10 though. I think the low ratings for this movie by critics reflects an ignorance of Bill Murray's comedic style, but also a politically correct culture that is too afraid to rock the boat on issues that really matter for all of mankind. I think this movie plays out beautifully. I didn't know what to expect. I went with the only expectation being "I want to see this new Bill Murray comedy". And I think if you were to compare this to Life Aquatic or Lost in Translation, then you would be either more impressed or at least equally impressed.I couldn't have had a better Friday night out to the movies. Thanks again to Bill for accepting a quality role in a film that he thought would be worthy of starring in. Had some great laughs, the movie offered a positive uplifting message, and I was grateful to have seen it.
Rock the Kasbah 2015 Vintage Bill Murray (by bartlettjon)
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 <more>
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.
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 <more>
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.
If you love Bill and music ignore the hate ALSO STAR WARS TRAILER (by dalegribz)
First of I love Bill Murray in just about anything. I often check up on Bill to see what he is taking on next and have looked forward to this ever since i read about it. I enjoy going to the movies with my grandmother for a nice time together and asked her out to spend 2 hours with Bill today. I was not disappointed what so ever. Yes there was more potential with the stellar cast that was put together and the editing may be a bit sloppy but don't let that turn you off. This movie will take you on a journey if you care to let it. Murray once again plays a bitter old timer that turns out to <more>
have a heart of gold in the end. If you are sick of this shtick, which i will never get tired of, then don't bother. But this is a social commentary on the oppression of middle eastern women and really the overall need to take a stand for yourself. Bill has the "golden ears" and knows talent when he hears it even if he didn't discover it himself. He puts his life on the line for his 20% to support an Afghani girl one in too many with a talent she isn't allowed to share. Once this comes into play the movie blossoms into beauty. While it isn't lol funny, which i don't understand why people come to expect that from William these days, it is very sweet and heartfelt. The jokes are there if you care to listen and not sit on a pedestal. I get if you don't want to be ripped off for the price of admission for this movie but don't s**t on it and wait to rent it. It is still far better than 99% of the garbage that comes out on a weekly basis. I also enjoy casually questioning people as we leave the theater as to how they enjoyed the film and ran into a refugee from Afghanistan who really enjoyed this picture and the message that it sent. Idk I'm half drunk and rambling and wrote a terrible first review but Eff off film snobs go judge the globes and shove them where the sun don't shine : peace out imdbers
I generally think of Bill Murray movies as comedies aimed toward the pubescent-thinking male, so I'll grant that my opting to see "Rock The Kasbah" 2015 was due to the plot being centered around a music industry manager--I'm a musician myself--and the fact that Zooey, Kate, and Bruce were also starring in the film. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that a much deeper message was being delivered than what I'd expected and I'm really happy I decided to check this movie out.There's definitely a message being delivered here that goes deeper than making a <more>
13-year-old laugh and it's one I hope others will have an open-enough-mind to take in and appreciate. I watched this with a friend whose comments throughout caused me to realize the prejudice with which your average "Joe Citizen" might view this film. I, myself, am humbled after finding once again that I've been less open-minded in my own thinking and more judgmental of others than I'd like to believe. So, before anyone starts throwing around any words or slams like "unpatriotic" or whatever, I urge you to stop and think about why you might have any preconceived hatred of others who you most likely know nothing about. Think about how those thought might've gotten in your head. Think about who it is that might've caused such thoughts to exist in your head and--this one's really important--what THEY might have to gain by having you think in such a manner.I now have a new-and-improved view of what to expect from "a Bill Murray movie" and a new appreciation for the man himself, realizing he goes deeper than one might think. Plus I like his viewpoint.I highly recommend this flick, but before viewing I also highly recommend that you take a few moments to ground yourself, open up your mind after emptying it of any thoughts or prejudices you might be predisposed to thinking , sit back, and enjoy.
A lot better than it's box office, or critic ratings, might make it seem! (by Hellmant)
'ROCK THE KASBAH': Four Stars Out of Five The new comedy flick starring Bill Murray; as a music manager, who finds an amazingly talented teenage female singer, in Afghanistan. The movie was directed by Barry Levinson who also directed some amazing films in the 1980s; like 'RAIN MAN', 'GOOD MORNING Vietnam', 'DINER' and 'THE NATURAL' and it was written by Mitch Glazer who also co-wrote 'SCROOGED' and the upcoming 'A VERY MURRAY Christmas'; also both starring Bill Murray . It's loosely based on the 2009 documentary film <more>
'AFGHAN STAR', and it was dedicated to one of it's stars, Setara Hoseinzadah. The film costars Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, Scott Caan and Palestinian actress Leem Lubany. The movie is a lot better than it's box office, or critic ratings, might make it seem; especially if you love Bill Murray! Murray plays Richie Lanz; a has-been, and broke, music manager. He only has one client left, a singer named Ronnie Deschanel . So when Richie hears about a paying gig, touring in Afghanistan and opening for big music names, he jumps at the chance to get his career going again. Once there, Ronnie gets scared; and abandons Richie, while stealing all of his money and passport. Richie gets desperate, in order to raise funds to get back home, so he decides to do a dangerous job; selling weapons in the middle of nowhere. While doing so, he discovers an amazing singing talent, named Salima Lubany .The film is definitely funny, especially if you like Bill Murray, it also has some heart and a decent uplifing message. What I most like about the movie though, is that it feels like a classic 80s or 90s Bill Murray film. It's all him, and it's all him at his best! The story isn't that appealing, to mainstream audiences, but it is an interesting one, nonetheless. The supporting cast is all decent as well, especially Willis who's a scene-stealer , and Levinson does a good job directing too. It's not a great film, but it is a surprisingly enjoyable one!Watch our movie review show 'MOVIE TALK' at: https://youtu.be/iHtyjLDJ1Ko