The Dictator (2012)
Reviewed by Roberto Di Donato on
. Review and Trailer of the film The Dictator In the span of 75 minutes Sacha seems to offend everyone; the Jews, the Negroes, Americans in general and even Bin Laden and Oprah Winfrey cop a roasting...
Director: Larry Charles
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris
Sacha Baron Cohen has only made a handful of films but they have all been tremendously controversial and very successful and there’s no reason why this movie should be any different. He is a versatile comedian whose brand of humour is tacky, rude, vulgar, of gutter level and in very bad taste.
In The Dictator Sacha plays the role of a not so intelligent Arab dictator who has been responsible for many war crimes, but after his visit to America not only does he experience self confessed “spiritual healing” but he also falls in love with a nice Yanky gal. In the span of 75 minutes Sacha seems to offend everyone; the Jews, the Negroes, Americans in general and even Bin Laden and Oprah Winfrey cop a roasting. This movie was so corny and the gags were vulgar but god it was hilarious! I haven’t laughed so hard in ages! Even his bad one liners were hilarious because of his Arabic accent and the dumb expression on his face.
However, I thought the gag where the security officer tells the Dictator that: “he should visit The Empire State Building before he or one of his cousins knocks it down” was in very poor taste & may hit raw nerves with American audiences, owing to the resemblance to 9/11 - but then the whole movie was in poor taste & that’s what the audiences expect. Definitely not suitable for younger viewers owing to the “in your face” sexual & toilet humour, but a perfect date movie, giving The Avengers a run for it's money... JAKE 3.0