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'The Muslims Are Coming!' often derails into irrelevancy

'The Muslims Are Coming!' shows comics embarking on a tour to try to show America that not all Muslims are jihadists.

By Peter RainerFilm critic / September 20, 2013

Dean Obeidallah and Negin Farsad in 'The Muslims are Coming' follows a band of Muslim-American comedians as they visit big cities and small towns, rural towns and everything in between to combat Islamophobia.

Courtesy of Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah


In the documentary “The Muslims Are Coming!,” a group of young comics, many of them Muslim-Americans, take their stand-up act on the road to states such as Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi. The intent is to show audiences that not all Muslims are jihadists.

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The comedy routines are so-so (though the falling-in-the-aisles reaction shots tell another story) and the comics’ patchwork odyssey often derails into irrelevancies (like complaints about motel amenities). I kept expecting Sacha Baron Cohen to traipse onto the scene. Alas, he doesn’t. Grade: C- (Unrated.)


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