Rock The Kasbah
Out march 18 / Cert. tbc / 106 mins.
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.