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|Originaltitel:||Rock the Kasbah|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 106 Min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Music Manager Richie Lanz (Bill Murray) has certainly seen better days. But he hasn't given up hope for the big litter for a long time yet. A tour for the US troops in Afghanistan with his new discovery Ronnie (Zooey Deschanel) should finally bring the breakthrough. But as soon as the two have arrived in Kabul, Richie suddenly finds himself without his star, without money and without a passport. Now, with the help of the mercenary Bombay Brian (Bruce Willis) and two American arms dealers (Scott Caan, Danny McBride), he has to make a dangerous deal to raise the money for his journey home. But in the Afghan hinterland, of all places, he meets a young native with a wonderful voice, in whom Richie sees enormous potential. An appearance in the Afghan version of DSDS could immediately make the girl a star. But to get her to appear on television at all, Richie has to change not only the views of her father, who is a strict believer, but also those of the whole country…
If the great Bill Murray is going to change his mind with "Good Morning, Vietnam", he has to change the way he sees the world.-director Barry Levinson and gets support from Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson and Zooey Deschanel to film a script by the author of the cult comedy "The Ghosts I Called", then there can only be something very good about it. And so the comedy "Rock the Kasbah" starts very promising. One has the feeling that one gets to see a wonderfully biting satire here, which only conditionally cares about political correctness. One leans back in the cinema armchair and prepares for almost 100 fun minutes. And indeed, the first scenes have some really good laughs to offer.
But then something happens that can't really be explained. The production solves the initial bite, becomes increasingly uninspired and chaotic and leaves the viewer with only one big question mark at the end. What's all this about? Is it a comedy, a satire or perhaps something like a drama interspersed with humour? Why do most actors act so unbelievably listless? Why do some storylines more or less fizzle out in nowhere? And what does the story end up telling us? "Rock the Kasbah" is not really bad, can entertain really well at times. But somehow the film is not fish and not meat. The result is simply not a coherent overall picture. Rather, it seems as if a few good ideas have been thrown together here, without the makers really knowing how to connect them.
In addition, Levinson's direction somehow seems undecided. On the one hand, he strikes very biting, satirical notes. On the other hand, he doesn't seem to want to step on anyone's toes and rarely moves out of a politically correct comfort zone. There are moments when you just want to love the movie. One wishes that the ingenuity that one sees flashing up here and there would finally erupt completely. But then the whole thing drifts into an almost boring meaninglessness again, which unfortunately dominates the overall impression at the end. So "Rock the Kasbah" is so disappointing because it always becomes clear how good the movie could have been. But the result is simply too messed up and too weak to match the potential of the story and its makers. And for that there can be only one "conditionally worth seeing" at the end.
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