Rock the Kasbah (2015)

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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.

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21 March 2016 | Argemaluco
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| Rock the Kasbah
Rock the Kasbah had a provocative idea "based on true events", but its emotional strength is unfortunately lost due to the narrative clumsiness and irregular tone from this horrible film. The main problem of Rock the Kasbah is a screenplay saturated of characters and improbable situations which never end up forming a coherent story. Besides, the rhythm and edition of Rock the Kasbah are so poor that they never reach that authentic organic flow to take us logically from one scene to the other. In Rock the Kasbah, things happen due to the simple whim from screenwriter Mitch Glazer, who wasn't able to adequately connect them with each other. I think the screenplay needed much more work (at least two or three revisions in order to tune the details and find a better balance between the disparate elements). And the same can be said about the edition... even though I wouldn't blame editor Aaron Yanes either, because there are occasions in which there's simply not the necessary material to rescue a film. As for the cast, Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Scott Caan, Fahim Fazil and Leem Lubany do whatever they can with their poorly written characters. In conclusion, Rock the Kasbah is an absolute disaster, and another one of the various missteps director Barry Levinson has had in this century (such as Bandits, Envy and What Just Happened).

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Bill Murray and Danny McBride also both appeared in Aloha (2015).


Quotes

Maureen: Mr. Lanz? I'm done.
Richie Lanz: No.
Richie Lanz: Forgive me. No. You're just beginning.
Maureen: You liked it?
Richie Lanz: Liked it? You made me want to swallow poison. And forget pitch, rhythm and tone... and emotional attachment to the lyric or the melody.
Maureen: I'm sorry. I don't think I...
Richie Lanz: A ...
Maureen: A...


Goofs

Private Barnes has a right shoulder sleeve insignia (combat patch) on his right shoulder, indicating that he has already completed a combat deployment. It is highly unlikely that he would still be a Private on his second deployment. Additionally, a Private would never be in charge of a security escort detail.


Crazy Credits

Just after the closing credits begin, there is an inset scene running alongside. In it, Bill Murray haggles with a vendor who offers him colored string. The vendor speaks no English, while Murray carries on his side of the negotiation in English only. Murray rejects the string, saying "Do I look like a guy who uses string?", but he wants to buy a stuffed elephant with mirrors on it because early in the movie he promised to buy his daughter that exact item. In the end he also buys the colored string.


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Jump Around
Written by
Dave Appell, Kal Mann, Larry Muggerud (as Larry Muggerod) and Erik Schrody
Performed by House of Pain
Courtesy of Tommy Boy
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
Courtesy of ABKCO Music & Records Inc.

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Comedy | Music | War

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