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'Rock the Kasbah' hits a wrong note, but Bill Murray charms

'Rock the Kasbah' hits a wrong note, but Bill Murray charms

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. The take-away: For the foreseeable future, filmmakers may want to put a pin in setting movie comedies in war-torn Afghanistan.

No matter, that's where Richie Lanz (Bill Murray), a has-been, perhaps never-was music promoter, implausibly finds himself on a USO tour with his last-chance client, neurotic lounge singer Ronnie (Zooey Deschanel). But when Ronnie flips out and flees Kabul — stealing Richie's money and passport in the process — Richie is stuck in the treacherous land until he...

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