It’s been a while since Barry Levinson made a great movie, and while Rock the Kasbah is potentially not one of his better efforts, at least it stars Bill Murray. The comedic actor plays a tour manager who is stranded in Afghanistan when the singer he’s brought there (Zooey Deschanel) takes off with his money and passport. Now he’s a fish out of water but it might all be good fortune when he meets a young local with a chance at stardom.
This is a mix of comedy and politics/war that we see occasionally from the filmmaker, but the question is whether this could be a Good Morning, Vietnam for a new generation. Or will it be me more along the quality of Man of the Year and the Hollywood-set What Just Happened? There’s a strong cast here, including Danny McBride, Scott Caan and Bruce Willis, reuniting Murray with his Moonrise Kingdom co-star.
And it’s written by Mitch Glazer, who has previously worked with Murray on Scrooged and Lost in Translation and will again for December’s A Very Murray Christmas. More reason to think of this as a Bill Murray movie more than or at least as much as a Levinson film.
Here is the official synopsis:
“Rock the Kasbah” is the story of Richie Lanz, a rock manager with a golden ear and a taste for talent, who has seen better times. When he takes his last remaining client on a USO tour of Afghanistan, she gets cold feet and leaves him penniless and without his passport in Kabul. While trying to find his way home, Richie befriends a band of misfits and discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice. Against all odds, Richie will take his last shot at creating an unlikely superstar.
Rock the Kasbah opens theatrically on October 23rd.
Check out the poster below. Hopefully the movie’s great, because this thing would look great on your (or our) wall: