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The Dictator Movie Review
"The Dictator" with Sacha Baron Cohen
"The Dictator" is an broad satire of a Middle East tyrant, Admiral General Ladeen dictator of Wadiya, an oil rich Arab country in North Africa. General Aladeen resembles Muammar Gaddafi with a touch of Saddam Hussein and Amadinejad. Sacha Baron Cohen's character is involved in a complicated plot involving Wadiya's nuclear weapons program, international oil companies and Ladeen's wicked uncle's (Ben Kingsley) plot to kill him and turn the country over to the international oil companies. Most of the movie takes place in New York City where Ladeen has come to address the United Nations. The Kingsley character hires John C. Reilly to kill Ladeen who he replaces with an idiot look-alike. Aladeen escapes and ends up working at a "green" food co-op run by Zoey, a caricature of a young feminist, vegan, Jewish, recent Amherst graduate played by Anna Faris who is not a fan of Aladeen. Naturally, a romance develops between Zoey and Aladeen. The movie satirizes Middle Eastern tyrants, young American vegan feminists, international oil barons, and New Yorkers. Some of the humor was quite funny but a fair amount of it fell flat. Quite a few of the jokes involve crude sex and bodily functions. The mostly teenage audience seemed to appreciate the humor. In my opinion, the screen play and Cohen's performance didn't measure up to "Borat" or Ali G.
NYTimes Review of "The Dictator" by A.O. Scott
- ‘The Dictator,’ Sacha Baron Cohen’s New Comedy - NYTimes.com
Sacha Baron Cohen’s newest creation, Admiral General Aladeen, is the star of the new comedy “The Dictator.”