(2015) (Bill Murray, Bruce Willis) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Dramedy: A down on his luck music promoter travels to Kabul, Afghanistan with his lone client, but when she abandons him, he pins his hopes on a young local woman whose singing could put their lives in jeopardy.
- Richie Lanz (BILL MURRAY) is a down-on-his-luck music promoter who lives in Van Nuys, California and signs untalented singers just to make money off their signing fees. His only talented singer is Ronnie (ZOOEY DESCHANEL) who also works as his assistant, and when an inebriated USO tour booker hears her sing, he convinces Richie he should accompany her to Kabul, Afghanistan to perform for the troops. She reluctantly agrees, but then flies the coop when things get hairy, taking his wallet, money and passport with her. When a hair-trigger mercenary, Brian (BRUCE WILLIS), informs Richie that he owes him money for getting Ronnie out of the country, Richie reluctantly agrees to be the front man for opportunistic American weapons suppliers, Nick (DANNY MCBRIDE) and Jake (SCOTT CAAN), and deliver ammo to a nearby village led by Tariq Khan (FAHIM FAZLI).
While there, Richie hears that man's young adult daughter, Salima (LEEM LUBANY), singing in private in a far-off cave, not wanting anyone in her village to hear her singing, especially in English, as that's forbidden for women in her culture. With the help of local taxi driver Riza (ARIAN MOAYED), Richie smuggles Salima back to Kabul.
There, he gets her a place to stay with popular American hooker Merci (KATE HUDSON), while also booking Salima on Afghanistan's singing contest TV show "Afghan Star." Her appearance doesn't sit well with her father or that man's lieutenant, Nizar (JONAS KHAN), who thinks the girl is in infidel and should be killed, much like her father who Nizar is plotting to overthrow. As voting for the top contestants on the show proceeds, Richie and the others must contend with the fallout of having Salima on the program.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Older teens might show some interest, especially if they're fans of anyone in the cast.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For language including sexual references, some drug use and brief violence.
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