Murray fits as misfit in uneven ‘Rock the Kasbah’ (Our grade: C)

This photo provided by Open Road Films shows Bill Murray as Richie Lanz in "Rock the Kasbah." The movie opens in U.S. theaters Oct. 23, 2015. (Kerry Brown/Open Road Films via AP)

This photo provided by Open Road Films shows Bill Murray as Richie Lanz in “Rock the Kasbah.” The movie opens in U.S. theaters Oct. 23, 2015. (Kerry Brown/Open Road Films via AP)

David Lewis – San Francisco Chronicle

Bill Murray is always in his element when he plays fish-out-of-water characters — “Lost in Translation” and “Stripes,” just to name a few — and “Rock the Kasbah” provides him with another meaty misfit role.

In an uneven, yet sometimes funny film that has shadings of “Good Morning, Vietnam” and “Broadway Danny Rose,” Murray plays Richie Lanz, a hapless talent agent who is bereft of talented clients — or virtually any clients, for that matter. He works out of a shabby office, still waiting for his big break, and though he’s a delusional loser, we root for him in the same way that he roots for his pathetic portfolio of performers.

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