Staines was voted by local councillors to officially rename itself to Staines-Upon-Thames on May 2012, to boost local economy and avoid gangland associations after a negative portrayal of the town in "Indahouse".
The movie features two characters from Sacha Baron Cohen's Ali G Show [See: Da Ali G Show (2000) and Da Ali G Show (2003)]. They are Ali G (aka Alistair "Ali G" Graham) and Borat (aka Borat Sagdiyev), the former is the film's central character and the latter appears in a cameo where the two characters actually meet.
Actor Sacha Baron Cohen performs dual roles in this movie, as Ali G and Borat Sagdiyev, the former as a lead role and central character and the latter as a cameo. When Borat appears, he actually meets Ali G. A body double was used for the different shots where the back-shot POV of each character was a double and the front-shot POV of each character was Sacha Baron Cohen.
The "John Nike Leisure Center" is a real facility but is not located in Staines but situated though many miles west of there in Bracknell in the central county of Berkshire, where in this movie, Ali G says the Berkshire Massiv of Englefield Green reside.
According to the Wikipedia website, "in the original cut, the movie opens with Ali G appearing over the BBFC Certificate and changes the categorization from '15' to '18'. He goes on to warn about having sex in the back row of the cinema (other people's semen on the seats) and to suggest that our enjoyment will be enhanced by lighting a spliff. This thirty second introduction is missing from all international theatrical releases as well as all current home video releases."
According to the audio-commentary, one of the reasons that actor Charles Dance was cast as Deputy Prime Minister David Carlton was because he had co-starred with American comedy star Eddie Murphy in the big-budget US comedy movie The Golden Child (1986).
According to the Philip French in an article published in The Observer on Sunday 24th March 2002 and hosted on The Guardian newspaper website, the first half a minute or so of the movie, which has been predominantly cut for DVD and home video releases, states that the "first 30 seconds when Ali [G] appears over the BBFC Certificate and changes the categorization from '15' to '18'. He goes on to warn us about having sex in the back row of the cinema (other people's semen on the seats) and to suggest that our enjoyment will be enhanced by lighting a spliff".
The movie is known by a number of official and informal titles in mostly English speaking language territories, some with various spelling variations. These include: "Ali G Indahouse", "Ali G Indahouse: The Movie", "Ali G in da house", "Ali G in da house: The Movie" and as well as simply both "Ali G" and "Ali G: The Movie".
The "Tax Da Panty" tagline and movie poster for the film caused a controversy in the UK where Ali G (Sacha Baron Cohen) was positioned next to a nude person, allegedly female, with his hand on her bottom, with Ali G's face shown , and the back of the body facing the viewer. The poster also ran with an election slogan at the top in full upper case letters stating "VOTE ALI G". Reportedly, according to an article by Matt Born in The Telegraph, stated "in one of its speediest and most stringent rulings, the Advertising Standards Authority [ASA] said the poster for the film Ali G Indahouse (2002) was widely regarded as offensive and pornographic". Reportedly, ASA Director Christopher Graham said at the time: "This poster clearly caused serious offense to many who saw it and we have acted promptly to ensure that the image is taken down and stays down".
The word "massiv" or "massive" is an English slang colloquial term for a local street gang. It can also mean that it is a youth group from a particular region who have a common interest in dance music.
Reportedly, apparently there have been some constituents of the township of Staines (now Staines-on-Thames, where the movie is set) in England who think Ali G is actually a real person and not a character portrayed by Sacha Baron Cohen.
At the movie's late March 2002 World Premiere at the Empire Theatre in Leicester Square in London, England, Ali G (Sacha Baron Cohen) wore a gigantic velvet cape with a crown adorned upon his head and was escorted by half a dozen near fully naked women.
Reportedly, filming locations for the movie in England were kept a well guarded secret, so as to keep the movie as real as possible, so the locales would appear as bleak, bland, and boring, as intended by the filmmakers.
The sign seen on a road entering the town of Staines reads: "Welcome to STAINES. Twinned with ISIGNY-SUR MER FRANCE". In the later Sacha Baron Cohen movie The Brothers Grimsby (2016), wording on the sign upon entering the town of Grimbsy reads: "Welcome to GRIMSBY. Twin City To Chernobyl, Ukraine".
In one of the special features on the movie's DVD, Ali G (Sacha Baron Cohen) says how he has a lot of clout on this movie and jokingly whispers "Your're Fired!" a number of times pointing to different crew members. In the later Sacha Baron Cohen movie The Brothers Grimsby (2016), Donald Trump is the subject of a joke. Trump amongst other things, has been famous for saying, "Your Fired!", on the television show The Apprentice (2004).
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At the end of the film, the airport building plan is switched from Ali's home in Staines to Slough, another town nearby. Both towns have a dismal reputation in the UK (as a policeman says to Ali, "Staines is shit hole." See also poem by John Betjeman: "Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough"). So it is a natural joke for UK viewers.