Rock the Kasbah

Synopsis: A down-on-his-luck music manager discovers a teenage girl with an extraordinary voice while on a music tour in Afghanistan and takes her to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, Afghan Star.
Genre: Comedy, Music, War
Director(s): Barry Levinson
Production: Open Road Films
 
IMDB:
5.5
Metacritic:
29
Rotten Tomatoes:
8%
R
Year:
2015
106 min
$1,940,202
Website
5 Views

[ HINGES SQUEAK ]

[ GOATS BLEATING ]

[ WIND WHISTLING ]

[ BIRD SQUAWKING ]

[ ACOUSTIC GUITAR: FOLK BLUES ]

[ MATCH FLARES ]

[ MAN ]

Yes, I'm gonna be a pop star

Yes, I'm gonna be

a pop star, now

Yes, I'm going to be

a pop star

Oh, Mama,

Mama, see me

Mama, Mama, see me

I'm a pop star

Oh

Yes, I'm goin'

on the TV now, now

Yes, I'm goin'

on the TV, now

Yes, I'm goin'

on the TV, now

Oh, Mama,

Mama, see me

Mama, Mama,

see me on the TV

Oh

Yes, I'm goin'

on my first gig

Yes, I'm goin'

on my first gig

Yes, I'm goin'

on my first gig

Oh, Mama,

Mama, see me

Mama, Mama,

see me on my first gig

Oh, listen to me

[ VOCALIZING ]

[ FADES, ENDS ]

[ WOMAN, OVER-ENUNCIATING ]

I drove for miles and miles

And wound up at your door

I've had you so many times

But somehow I want more

I don't mind

spending every day

Out on your corner

in the pouring rain

Look for the girl

with the broken smile

Ask her if she'd like

to stay for a while

And she will be loved

And she will be

Loved

Mr. Lanz? I'm done.

No.

[ SIGHS ]

Forgive me. No.

You're just beginning.

You liked it?

Liked it?

You made me

want to swallow poison.

And forget pitch,

rhythm and tone...

and emotional attachment

to the lyric or the melody.

I'm sorry.

I don't think I...

A grain of sand

slips into an oyster...

and irritates the bivalve.

What happens?

A pearl.

Celine Dion.

Miss Nicki Minaj.

Christina Aguilera occasionally.

All of them deeply,

profoundly irritating.

Each one of 'em a huge star.

You, mighty Mo...

are that irritant.

[ INHALES ]

So you'll represent me?

If you'll have me...

Richie Lanz Management...

globally, in all markets.

[ SQUEALS, LAUGHS ]

Welcome to the team.

Thank you! Thank you.

So $1,200?

It's just to cover wardrobe,

studio time, gym classes.

Oh, I go to a gym.

Want to get you

a good blender too.

[ RICHIE ] Wow.

I got goose bumps. Me too.

Oh, personal check.

- I'm going to say it's okay, Ronnie.

- Yeah.

Here's our contract.

The only one we'll ever have. Ever.

My handshake is my word.

[ RONNIE ]

Conning checks from losers.

Booking cover bands

for bar mitzvahs.

What happened to

that smile you had, huh?

That Richie Lanz smile.

What'd you call it?

Hey, remember, we got

that thing at Pogo's tonight.

Your "winner's smile."

That's what you called it.

All those pictures in your office,

you had that grin.

That grin, man.

You were really something.

Am.

Not were, sweetheart. Am.

Yeah, sure,

I'm taking some hits,

you know, but this is

all rope-a-dope, baby.

It looks pretty bad for Richie Lanz

from the cheap seats,

but I am still

in the goddamn game.

You know,

this is not forever.

This is right now.

This is Van Nuys.

Life's about seeing an open door

and walking right through it.

Obviously, some asshole has changed

the goddamn locks on me,

but... there's still

a door there.

I can see it.

I have always found a way.

I always will.

- I mean, how do you think I found Madonna?

- Richie.

Singing for spare change

in front of Hamburger Hamlet.

Okay, is this our talk?

Because you promised me...

after one year

I'd be singing my own songs.

I don't really...

see that now.

Wear your Meredith Brooks

outfit tonight, please.

- [ PHONE RINGING ]

- Door number one. That's you.

We have to talk, Richie.

No!

I don't like this!

We have to rock!

[ MID-TEMPO ROCK ]

I hate the world today

You're so good to me

I know, but I can't change

Tried to tell you

but you look at me

Like maybe

I'm an angel underneath

Innocent and sweet

Yesterday I cried

- You must have been relieved

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