The Dictator

The Dictator

Having been a huge fan of the two HBO seasons of “Da Ali G Show” on HBO in college, I’ve been on the Sacha Baron Cohen bandwagon for quite some time. In 2006, while my wife was trying on her wedding dress, I was the only person in the theater at an afternoon showing of “Borat.”

I feel the need to proclaim my love for Sacha Baron Cohen before I say the following words: The Dictator was simply meh.

I thought Borat was (and is) one of the funniest movies ever. “The Dictator” tries to be “Borat,” but in the end winds up coming off as a wildly inconsistent knockoff. Are there a few laughs? Of course. I couldn’t help but feel disappointed, though.

The plot is pretty simple. Cohen stars as Admiral General Aladeen, dictator of the fictional country Wadiya. His uncle (Ben Kingsley) hires a hitman to kill Cohen because he wants to take over the country, make it a democracy, and get rich off of selling oil. The assassination attempt fails (although the scene with John C. Reilly is hilarious) and Aladeen is forced to adapt to a normal, American life (sort of a la “Borat”) when no one recognizes him with his beard shaved.

Like I said, there are laughs (the aforementioned scene with John C. Reilly, a scene with Megan Fox, and a helicopter/9-11 scene stand out particularly), but some of the acts (the constant Arabic play of words) grow incredibly tired very quickly. As a whole, it’s a movie that’s probably worth seeing once for a few laughs if you aren’t easily offended. Don’t expect the world, though.


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08 2012

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  1. Cory #

    We have this on DVD, just waiting for a time to finally see it. Your feelings is what I’ve been anticipating for “The Dictator,” which is probably why we haven’t actually watched it yet.

  2. Cory #

    On another note… going to see “The Imposter” early this afternoon… can’t wait!!

  3. brentnet #

    You’ll have to let me know what you think of The Dictator once you actually see it… “The Imposter” looks really good, as well. At this point, though, convincing me to watch an interesting documentary is just about the easiest sell ever.


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