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Rock the Kasbah

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Barry Levinson

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About the Movie

A has-been rock manager from Van Nuys, California stumbles upon a once-in-a-lifetime voice in a remote Afghan cave in Rock the Kasbah, a dramatic comedy inspired by stranger-than- fiction, real-life events and directed by Oscar® winner Barry Levinson. Richie Lanz (Bill Murray), dumped and stranded in war-torn Kabul by his last remaining client (Zooey Deschanel), discovers Salima Khan (Leem Lubany), a Pashtun teenager with a beautiful voice and the courageous dream of becoming the first woman to compete on national television in Afghanistan’s version of “American Idol.” Richie partners with a savvy hooker (Kate Hudson), a pair of hard-partying war profiteers (Danny McBride and Scott Caan) and a hair-trigger mercenary (Bruce Willis) and, braving dangerous cultural prejudices, manages his new protégée into becoming the "Afghan Star."

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 119
  • Fresh: 10
  • Rotten: 109
  • Average Rating: 3.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Cliched, enervating, insulting - it's tough to settle on a single pejorative for "Rock the Kasbah," though abysmal might do. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Oct 22, 2015

Rotten: Your enjoyment of all this will probably depend heavily on your willingness to let the words romp and Taliban coexist for approximately two hours. – Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly, Oct 22, 2015

Rotten: A lot of the actor's usual mercurial charm isn't used to full effect and is actually tempered when it doesn't feel like it should be. – Brian Truitt, USA Today, Oct 22, 2015

Rotten: An acclaimed film director, a legendary comic actor, lots of fun rock and pop songs, and a noble story at its core can't save "Rock the Kasbah" from being one hugely misguided dud. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Oct 22, 2015

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Customer Reviews


Why would anyone in their right mind put scott caan in a movie. Everyone else said no? They specifically requested someone short who can't act? Oh that's right, his father was once in a movie that ended up doing well. Imagine what roles he might land if his father was actually famous!

December 31st and January 1 st relationship?

Trendy change of venue but another Bill Murray movie where he is enfatuated with much, much females. Yawn.

Worth your judgement and more entertaining than most

When compared to most movies out today, this had heart and interesting story, even good for a laugh or two. Check it out

Rock the Kasbah
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2015

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