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  • Summary: This documentary features Egyptian-American comedian Ahmed Ahmed, in his directorial debut, along with a host of critically acclaimed international stand-up comedians. Presented by Cross Cultural Entertainment and Cross Cultural Productions, Just Like Us exemplifies their goal of reintroducing socially relevant issues to the world in an effort to build cultural bridges in this age of greater tolerance, understanding and acceptance. The film documents four countries in the Middle East, showcasing the cultures of Dubai, Lebanon, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Egypt with sold out crowds totaling over 20,000 people. (Cross Cultural Entertainment) Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Jun 6, 2011
    Funny, thoughtful and, with its quasi-travelogue voiceover by helmer-comedian Ahmed Ahmed, best suited for a cable outlet that won't cut the vulgarity upon which so much depends.
  2. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Jun 9, 2011
    Despite its brief running time, the film feels padded by sightseeing footage and a warm but diversionary visit between Ahmed and his Cairo-area relatives. Still, Just Like Us proves an amusing, uniquely unifying effort.
  3. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Jun 11, 2011
    The movie is fast, funny and light on its feet, dipping less into politics or religion than into cultural quirks and characteristics.
  4. Reviewed by: Matthew Love
    Jun 7, 2011
    The result is not so much a documentary as an engaging, if didactic, travelogue with embedded yuks.
  5. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jun 16, 2011
    Though it's only 72 minutes, by the time it's over, you'll be ready for it to end. Still, as a glimpse of the Arab world right before the Arab Spring, this documentary may be of some lasting interest.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrea Gronvall
    Jun 16, 2011
    The travelogue sequences indicate how widely Middle Eastern cultures vary, but there are few revealing personal encounters in this well-intentioned but minor film.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jun 5, 2011
    Rather than a mature, multifaceted approach, the director's portraits of Dubai, Beirut, Riyadh, and Cairo are heavy on still-photo montages comprised primarily of smiling young people and spontaneous encounters with random jokesters.

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