Albert Brooks is tragically self-indulgent and ethnocentric in this bad attempt at a cultural parody. The premise of the movie is that the US State Department decides that they need to better understand the Muslim world- by finding out what makes Muslims laugh.
So they hire a bad comedian to go to India and tell bad jokes to Indians who don't understand them since they are all about America and only Americans would find them funny.
It is somewhat interesting to see how India looks to a white American, but after about half an hour of witticisms that were entertaining, the movie runs dry and drags on toward a completely anticlimatic ending.
The best part is, the entire movie is about Albert Brooks, just set in India. He never finds out what makes Muslims laugh neither does he make any Muslims laugh. Don't waste your money on this one!
Frankly, it sapped my will to live.
-- Joya Banerjee