Rock the Kasbah

Rock the Kasbah

Rock the Kasbah

Bill Murray is Richie Lanz, a down-on-his-luck rock manager in this comedy from director Barry Levinson (Wag the Dog). Co-stars Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Bruce Willis and Danny McBride.

When Richie takes his last remaining client on a USO tour of Afghanistan, she gets cold feet and leaves him penniless and without his passport in Kabul. Trying to find his way home, he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice and his last shot at creating an unlikely superstar.

2015Rating: M, Sexual references, coarse language and violence106 minsUSA
Comedy
86%
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Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

Bill Murray’s becalmed music manager Richie Lanz isn’t the only person stuck in limbo in Rock the Kasbah, nor are the various Western dregs populating Afghani capital Kabul in the film. We’re talking a mercenary, prostitute, and a pair of arms dealers (Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride and Scott Caan respectively), on hand to provide a bit of colour in Barry Levinson’s fish out of water comedy.

1.0
Variety

Variety

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Laughs are few, attempts at feel-good catharsis fizzle out limply, and all of Murray’s most elaborate performance setpieces fall embarrassingly flat.

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

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Levinson never seems to know what to point his camera at, or when to cut, and Glazer never seems to know when to leave a joke alone and let the cast work.

The New York Times

The New York Times

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Clichéd, enervating, insulting...

The Guardian

The Guardian

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There’s a special variety of infuriating that comes from a bad movie by talented people.

1.0
Stuff

Stuff

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Murray's one-liners just aren't enough to get this Kasbah rocking.

2.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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An acclaimed film director, a legendary comic actor, lots of fun rock and pop songs, and a noble story at its core can't save Rock the Kasbah from being one hugely misguided dud.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An intermittently amusing but dramatically problematic mish-mash that careens all over a rough and rocky road.

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

Slight and sometimes outright offensive, though it’s also intermittently amusing and not entirely unself-aware.

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

Bill Murray’s becalmed music manager Richie Lanz isn’t the only person stuck in limbo in Rock the Kasbah, nor are the various Western dregs populating Afghani capital Kabul in the film. We’re talking a mercenary, prostitute, and a pair of arms dealers (Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride and Scott Caan respectively), on hand to provide a bit of colour in Barry Levinson’s fish out of water comedy.

1.0
Variety

Variety

press

Laughs are few, attempts at feel-good catharsis fizzle out limply, and all of Murray’s most elaborate performance setpieces fall embarrassingly flat.

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

Levinson never seems to know what to point his camera at, or when to cut, and Glazer never seems to know when to leave a joke alone and let the cast work.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Clichéd, enervating, insulting...

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

There’s a special variety of infuriating that comes from a bad movie by talented people.

1.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Murray's one-liners just aren't enough to get this Kasbah rocking.

2.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

An acclaimed film director, a legendary comic actor, lots of fun rock and pop songs, and a noble story at its core can't save Rock the Kasbah from being one hugely misguided dud.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An intermittently amusing but dramatically problematic mish-mash that careens all over a rough and rocky road.

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

Slight and sometimes outright offensive, though it’s also intermittently amusing and not entirely unself-aware.

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