LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - So a Jew, a Christian and a Muslim walk into a bar. The bartender turns around and says, "What is this ... a joke?"
Yes, it is a joke but some people would wonder what a Muslim is doing in a bar and how he could possibly be involved in a joke. Because as far as many Americans are concerned, the words "Muslim" and "humor" don't belong in the same sentence.
Which is where Ahmed Ahmed's "Just Like Us," which opened Friday in limited release, comes in. Ahmed is a stand-up comic in the U.S. and, yes, he is an Egyptian-born Muslim. On a recent swing through the Middle East with a clutch of fellow comics, some of whom are also Arabs, he took along a camera crew to document to fact that Muslims can tell damn good jokes about themselves and that other Muslims will laugh uproariously.
The movie is fast, funny and light on its feet, dipping less into politics or religion than into cultural quirks and characteristics. For instance: An Arab invented the original mechanical clock, which is odd since Arabs are never on time. Bu-dah-bum. You get the idea. (More)