A Hologram for the King (2016)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance

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A failed American sales rep looks to recoup his losses by traveling to Saudi Arabia and selling his company's product to a wealthy monarch.

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  • Tom Hanks in A Hologram for the King (2016)
  • Tom Hanks in A Hologram for the King (2016)
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12 August 2016 | abadguy44
| Can't put my finger on it......
I am not sure what I was expecting from this movie going in. Now that I have seen it, I am glad that my expectations were tempered. This movie lacked the traditional intensity that a Tom Hanks film usually delivers. I can't put my finger on just what I didn't like about the film. Was it the fact that this movie couldn't decide if it was a love story, or a comedy? Or that the underdevelopment of the characters left me scratching my head. Or that the storytelling seemed rushed in slow moving manner. In any case, I was disappointed in this movie when I walked out of the theater. I was a little surprised that Hanks even took this role after reading the script. This movie was beneath his talent. Anybody could have played the part and done just as well.

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Yousef tells Alan that the only place he has visited in the United States is Alabama. Alan, surprised, asks him, "Why Alabama?" Yousef responds, "You mean because I was the only Arab for 1,000 miles? I had a scholarship for one year in Birmingham." Birmingham, Alabama, actually has one of the oldest and most established Arab American and Middle Eastern communities in the Deep South. For example, the Lebanese-American community in Birmingham was established in the late 1800s. In 1910, St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church (the Maronites being a division of Catholicism with roots in the countries that are now Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Israel) was established; as of April 2018, their Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival is one of the longest-running food festivals in Birmingham.


Alan: You may find yourself living in your garden shack. And you may find yourself not at home in your home. And you may find yourself looking for your large automobile. And you may find yourself without a beautiful house. Without a beautiful wife. And ...


Several times Alan is seen passing a gate guard by taxi. The guard just lets him pass, not caring very much, at times taking a foot-bath or even wittingly waving. This is highly inaccurate as in Saudi-Arabia, any visitor's car entering a guarded compound would be stopped, then both engine bay and trunk be searched for car bombs, regardless who's sitting inside.


Ya Za Al Shabab!
Performed by
Rashed Almajed (as Rashed Al Majed)
Composed by Khaled Naser
Courtesy of Funoon Al Jazeera
Special Thanks to the Arabic Superstar Rashed Al Majed


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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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