Rock The Kas­bah

Out march 18 / Cert. tbc / 106 mins.

Empire (UK) - - IN CINEMAS - AL

Di­rec­tor Barry Levin­son cast Bill Mur­ray, Kate Hud­son, Zooey Deschanel, Bruce Wil­lis, Leem Lubany

This was sav­aged on its State­side re­lease, and with jus­ti­fi­ca­tion. Washedup mu­sic pro­moter richie (Mur­ray) heads to Afghanistan and gets caught up in tribal feud­ing be­fore even­tu­ally send­ing a lo­cal girl (Lubany) onto the coun­try’s ver­sion of Pop Idol. But it’s clue­less as to what it wants to be. A bit­ing satire of the War On ter­ror’s weird cock­tails-’n’-arms-deals fringe would need some de­cent jokes, while an up­lift­ing tale of a girl over­com­ing her clan’s con­ser­va­tive pa­tri­archy would need to pay more than just lip ser­vice to her char­ac­ter. On pa­per, this sounds like a win­ner; as it stands, it’s a waste of time for all in­volved.

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