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Dear Dictator (2017)

Coup d'Etat (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy | 16 March 2018 (USA)
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When political turmoil forces a British-Caribbean dictator to flee his island nation, he seeks refuge and hides with a rebellious teenage girl in suburban America, and ends up teaching the young teen how to start a revolution and overthrow the "mean girls" at her high school.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... General Anton Vincent
Odeya Rush ... Tatiana Mills
Katie Holmes ... Darlene Mills
Seth Green ... Dr. Charles Seaver
Jason Biggs ... Mr. Spines
Adrian Voo ... Neighbor
Jackson Beard ... Denny
Jordyn Cavros Jordyn Cavros ... Gigi
Fish Myrr Fish Myrr ... Sarvia
Hannah Joy Brown Hannah Joy Brown ... Chivas
Yvette Parish ... Jaxi (as Chrislyn Williams)
Jacob Grodnik ... Teddy
Jay Willick ... Det. Diggs
Rosemberg Salgado ... Colonel
Dana Joyce Schiller ... Detective Spano
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When political turmoil forces a British-Caribbean dictator to flee his island nation, he seeks refuge and hides with a rebellious teenage girl in suburban America, and ends up teaching the young teen how to start a revolution and overthrow the "mean girls" at her high school.

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English

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16 March 2018 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Savannah, Georgia, USA

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$6,700,000 (estimated)
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Anton Vincent's fictional national motto is "Homeland or Death". This is a literal translation from Spanish "Patria o Muerte", which was (and is) Cuban national motto under Fidel Castro. The Cuban socialist regime -with its climate, tropical location, uniforms and even Anton's appearance- is heavily referenced in the movie. See more »

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When Anton Vincent cooks dinner to Tatiana and her mother, he says the dish is "Mole Maria". Actually, there is no such a thing: "Mole Maria" is a popular Mexican trademark for a commercial mole paste. See more »

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References Mean Girls (2004) See more »

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like Rush and Caine
27 April 2018 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Tatiana Mills (Odeya Rush) is an American suburban teen. Her single mom Darlene (Katie Holmes) is having an affair with her married dentist boss Dr Charles Seaver (Seth Green) with a foot fetish. The whale-tailed mean girls at school call themselves the Slushies. She has a crush on her Christian friend Denny. Her social studies teacher Mr Spines (Jason Biggs) give the class an assignment to write to a pen pal. She picks ruthless Latin American dictator Anton Vincent (Michael Caine). When American backed rebels overtake his country, he finds his way into Tatiana's garage.

It's a wacky Mean Girls take with a bloody dictator. I'm a little leery of Caine as a Latin American dictator. Rush is a pretty good standard grumpy teen. There are a lot of wackiness but it rarely results in laughs. There are some moments of surprise laughs, mostly with Rush and Caine together. I really like that combo. I do wish for taking on more risk and pushing more comedy into the movie. It does help that I like both Rush and Caine.


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