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The Dictator (2012)

R | | Comedy | 16 May 2012 (USA)
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The heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.

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Larry Charles
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sacha Baron Cohen ... Aladeen / Efawadh
Sayed Badreya ... Omar
Rocky Citron Rocky Citron ... Baby Aladeen
Liam Campora Liam Campora ... Aladeen Age 6
Aasif Mandvi ... Doctor
Rizwan Manji ... Patient
Rick Chambers Rick Chambers ... Newscaster Voiceover (voice)
Elsayed Mohamed Elsayed Mohamed ... Wadiyan Olympic Official
Adeel Akhtar ... Maroush
Horatio Sanz ... Aide on Balcony
Ben Kingsley ... Tamir
Elena Goode ... Virgin Guard
Nazanin Homa ... Virgin Guard (as Naz Homa)
Dawn Jackson Dawn Jackson ... Virgin Guard (as Dawn Zimniak)
Victoria Beltran Victoria Beltran ... Virgin Guard
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Storyline

The Republic of Wadiya is ruled by an eccentric and oppressive leader named Hafez Aladeen. Aladeen is summoned to New York to a UN assembly to address concerns about his country's nuclear weapons program, but the trip goes awry. Written by Sam

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Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, brief male nudity, language and some violent images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew | Arabic

Release Date:

16 May 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Finchley's Dream See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,435,092, 20 May 2012

Gross USA:

$59,650,222

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$179,379,533
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| (unrated)

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2.39 : 1
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Nadal: I am a mac genius.
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Everybody Hurts
Written by Bill Berry (as William Berry), Peter Buck, Michael Stipe & Mike Mills (as Michael Mills)
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Its funny but you might feel guilty laughing and you will need a shower afterwards
11 May 2012 | by theycallmemrglassSee all my reviews

I saw a preview screening of this in London.

As expected from Sacha's previous outings and trailers, this film is in extremely bad taste with plenty of filth, blatant offence (disguised as naivety) of every race, gender, age, animal, disability, sexual orientations, terrorism and politics. Sacha gets away with it because no one is left out. No one, including white folks and straight men. Actually, I lie. I don't know how the hell he gets away with it. The important question is, though, is it funny? Yeah...mostly.

There are enough roll in the isle moments to make this worth the ticket but there are also plenty of misfired jokes too, some of which really makes you groan but that's to be expected for a relentless joke firing machine which incidentally has (perhaps mercifully) a short run time of 84mins.

Another burning question I ask myself, while watching this is do I feel guilty laughing at some of the offencive jokes? Yes I do, my guilty conscience raises its ugly head but then I realise (or perhaps I'm just making excuses) that I am laughing at the Dictator's naivety and hilarious sense of misplaced morality while others around him frown at his demeanours.

This is a departure from the Borat, Ali G, and Bruno stable. With those previous films, real people are sought after and ridiculed by scrutinising their reactions and moral bases. This film, however is purely fictitious, Naked Gun style comedy very much similar to Eddie Murphy's Coming to America with obviously a lot lot less subtlety. However, Sacha's Dictator has pretty much the same political correctness that Borat has but with more hilarious Dictatorship cravings such as executing anyone that annoys him.

A good supporting cast thankfully gives this zany film a little bit more variety, particularly Anna Francis, comically playing off the Dictator's character who frankly dominates almost every frame (as I guess a dictator would). John C Reilly also gives a short but hilarious turn. And then there are a few special cameo celebrity guest appearances (or victims, rather) sprinkled around.

There are a couple of moments political satire that stands out in hilarity and I wish there was more of it. Alas, it seems vulgarity is more favoured.

So if you have no guilty conscience, welcome vulgarity and all things "un-pc" with open arms, do not despise Sacha Cohen Baron and are willing to kiss his armpits (last one is optional), then I reckon you will enjoy this film. For me, filthy films are not my normal cup of tea, nevertheless I did enjoy this but I need a long shower after watching it.


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