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The Dictator 2012

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Sacha Baron Cohen comedy, directed by Larry Charles (BoratCurb Your Enthusiasm), about a tyrant hell-bent on ensuring democracy never arrives in the country he lovingly oppresses. Co-stars Anna Faris, John C. Reilly and Ben Kingsley. More

However, during a tour of the USA, a UN operative shaves off Admiral General Aladeen's iconic facial hair. Dumped on the streets, the unrecognisable Wadiyan leader is forced to live life as an average American. Hide

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196 votes / 46 comments The Talk

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    • hullo

      "This is Cohen's first non-mockumentary movie". His ALi G movie was not a mockumentary!

    • bOb

      this looks aweful

    • Emma8

      freaken hilarious

    • Sam Swan

      Sasha Baron 'OMG What a Genius' Cohen - hells yes!

    • John

      worst-movie-of-the-year award nominee

    • eman

      looks mint

    • Yeah nah

      Tripping over and kneeing myself in the face would be better than watching this movie. Looks terrible

    • Nella

      freaakkinngggggg awesomee boooyahh!

    • wahoo

      crackup - laughing already

    • Philip

      Bob if you think it looks awful you need 2 get the stick out your ass and get a sense of humour

    • Ed-Flicks

      @hullo - touche! You've shamed us. Details amended.

    • Matt

      I wish i was over 18

    • mussybee

      i would love to see it - its for people with a sense of humour

    • Bebeto

      Can't wait to see it ;-)

    • Good idea

      poor execution

    • AConroy

      good idea I think it could be good.

    • Sam Swan

      Yes, yes, yes!

    • Kahlid

      Racist.

    • josh skux

      better than borat

    • Red

      @Kahlid, get a grip. It's funny.

    • Matt

      LOLOLOLOL

    • Sam Swan

      Woooooohoooooo!

    • haha

      Ok, that trailer makes me wanna check it out...

    • smilly

      that looks hilarious! will def be checkin it out.

    • nella

      bahahaha so freken funnyxx

    • Juandonitor

      hard

    • Leon

      I cant stop laughing after watched the trailer. i'm properly gonna laugh for week after seen the whole movie.

    • Jessica

      racist

    • Tiana

      sluty

    • Jemma

      looks like a great movie

    • levi

      looks alright

    • blue

      lollololololololol

    • face

      i am gonna totaly watch it

    • Sadam

      Infidel! This is not art, it is not humour, it is middle eastern pornography! I am already queuing up in my pajamas!

    • mean

      mean as movie

    • keen

      keen to watch it :)

    • ghee

      looks kinda funny, a bit racist, but still finny. wtfs up with the afro on his face though?? it scares me...

    • Johnny

      The West taking the piss out of the middle east - is somehow not as compelling as the Middle East taking the piss out of the West.

    • Micahelauknz

      See it for your self, the screening i was in yesterday everybody was laughing so crying..it is brilliant..go to it forget the criticts

    • Stu

      Love it when told you should visit the Empire State Building before you lot or your cousins blow it up! Hee hee

    • Richard

      911...2012 crying with laughter already....SBC is hillarious!!

    • larah

      asome

    • Abdul

      This movie is racist...

    • Greg

      F@&ken racist c@nt.. but hes funny as!

    • steve

      i agree! racist but so funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • nakisha

    very good filam

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Aaron Yap Flicks Writer

It’s perhaps wise that Sacha Baron Cohen has ditched the mock-documentary format of his previous satirical efforts Borat and Bruno for something resembling conventional narrative with The Dictator. Whereas the sly trick he pulled off in Borat to needle his unsuspecting subjects into revealing their prejudices seemed fresh and funny the first time round, the novelty had already grown stale with Bruno. More

However, his latest socio-political farce, combining Coming to America-like fish-out-of-water comedy with the tasteless anarchy of Team America: World Police, doesn’t quite signal a marked change in quality with the format shift: it’s an expectedly scattershot and sketchy film.

From the opening cheeky dedication to late North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, the primary mission here is to stir as much popcorn-choking outrage as possible via Cohen’s Saddam surrogate Admiral General Aladeen, a cheerful North African tyrant who finds himself in New York trying to thwart an imposter from transforming his nation into a democracy. Some of it works: the idea that Aladeen’s former nuclear physicist is now a Mac drone, the bluntly drawn parallels between the US administration and Aladeen’s dictatorship, and okay, the odd masturbation/toilet gag got me.

But Cohen’s everything-under-the-sun approach also yields some naff stuff, particularly when it goes beyond the pale with queasily protracted child-rape jokes that hang around like a bad stink. And for all its attempts at transgressive humour, the film settles into woefully routine rom-com groove with the unlikely subplot where Aladeen falls for feminist tree-hugger Anna Faris. Hide

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The Dictator
First things first, its a game of two halves, its Sacha Baron Cohen (SBC) so lets face it, either your going to watch this film because you'll love it or you're watching it so you can pick it to pieces. Most things in this flick are of course predictable, yet there are some wonderful gems (like the helicopter ride, and just the colorful way SBC puts people down, great script writing). Totally along the lines of 'Don't Mess with the Zohan' with bits of 'Bruno' & 'Borat' but thats to be expected really. SBC has roped in some pretty good actors in this & soem good cameos too.
Genre : Comedy, racist, sexist, etc
1/5 -5/5 : This sits at both complete ends of the spectrum, if you know what you like or hate (I laughed at couple bits so hard I was in tears!) Plus the music is great covers, done by SBC's brother!

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The Non-Script Comedian Goes On Script

Jordan Flicks Superstar (?)

Sacha Baron Cohen hasn't been one to avoid stirring the pot of controversy with his previous films, even though the biggest draw from these was the reactions he would get from an unknowing public.

So does he lose any of the controversy now that the reactions are scripted?

"The Dictator" tells the story of Admiral General Hafez Aladeen, ruler of the country of Wadiya and the adventure he ends up taking in the land of America.

Surrounded by a competent cast comprising of Anna Faris as the typical love interest, and Ben Kingsley in another role not fitting of his craft, this film is something you would expect from Cohen.
Controversial it is, laced with social taboos and crass humour, dealing with material that is currently taking place around the world.
While it isn't a game-changing piece of comedic genius, it will provide many a laugh should you go in with a head empty of thought. This is your standard R16 popcorn flick whose best moments come from a fantastically themed soundtrack.

If you need a hearty chuckle without having to think, then I recommend "The Dictator".

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The Dictator

Chaddorama Wannabe (?)

Yet another boundry pushing Sacha Baron Cohen movie! But it certainly is excellent! To enjoy this person movie you must be able to detach yourself from realities problems, and laugh at the awfulness of the world. As my friend said "I didn't want to laugh too loud, in case everyone else thought I was a bad person". But it's alright EVERYONE was laughing! Definitely a GREAT time at the movies and would definitely recommend for those who can take a joke. Even though running time is and hour and 24 minutes, it feels very short. So 4/5!

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Timoteo77

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Some will see The Dictator as being one big sick joke, and be offended. Others--perhaps more philosophical in nature--already view life as being a sick joke...you've got the choice to let it throw you at every turn, or ultimately just laugh at the absurdity of it all The latter are the folks who will laugh lustily and without guilt at the humor of Sacha Baron Cohen in The Dictator.

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Press Reviews

57% of critics recommend

Consensus: "Wildly uneven but consistently provocative, The Dictator is a decent entry in the poli-slapstick comedy genre."

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Boxoffice Magazine

A superb vehicle for Sacha Baron Cohen's over-the-top socio-political outrageousness. Full review.

Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)

The Dictator is funny, in addition to being obscene, disgusting, scatological, vulgar, crude and so on. Full review.

Empire (UK)

Formulaic, yet scrappy, and extremely funny in fits and starts, General Aladeen is the first of Cohen comic creations to get a better vehicle than it probably deserves. Full review.

Guardian (UK)

The Dictator isn't going to win awards and it isn't as hip as Borat. Big goofy outrageous laughs is what it has to offer. Full review.

Hollywood Reporter

Cohen employs a comic range that ricochets between wicked political barbs and the lowest anatomical farce, to often funny and occasionally hilarious effect. Full review.

Time (USA)

Fans of the nasty Baron Cohen may regret his being borderline nice in The Dictator. But we should welcome his decision to stop being the best at something few others dare try and instead to inhabit a more familiar comedy style--just going denser, wilder, better. He pulls it off. Full review.

Total Film (UK)

Outrageous, outlandish and overboard, The Dictator will satisfy Cohen's army of fans. But it never feels as funny, full-on or fresh as "Borat" and "Brüno." Full review.

Variety (USA)

Typically, political correctness couldn't be farther from the filmmakers' mind, and yet, what the picture most sorely lacks is the sort of humanist appeal Chaplin delivered at the close of "The Great Dictator." Full review.