The story is pretty simple, and almost non existent. General Aladeen (Cohen) is a tyrant dictator of fictional nation “Wadiya”, and is basically a mish mash of different relevant controversial leaders such as the recently deceased Kim Jong Il and Osama Bin Laden. Aladeen is asked to visit America to address the united nations about his country’s political position when he is kidnapped and body swapped with a simple shepherd from Wadiya, and forced to watch as his nation begins proceeding towards a state of democracy. Cue sad scenes of Cohen wandering aimlessly around Manhattan that seem a little too reminiscent of both ‘Borat’ and ‘Bruno’, and that’s basically as far as the narrative really goes; besides meeting hairy Anna Faris and falling in love unexpectedly. It doesn’t matter though, as I’m guessing you didn’t want to see "The Dictator" for a rich and engrossing narrative, but instead for ridiculous visual gags and controversial comments; in which case the film is just for you.
Although "The Dictator" is sometimes clever and other times ridiculously stupid, a lot of it is hilarious in a way that had me laughing out loud thoroughly in spite of myself. Although not for the easily offended, those who can handle the totally inappropriate material will find a lot to laugh at alongside Sacha Baron Cohen’s manic performance.
Sacha Baron Cohen proves once again that he is the master of ridiculous scenarios, some proving to be almost as funny as his previous films even when we know they’re scripted and aren’t really happening. Speaking of scripting, some of the ‘witty’ lines fall a little flat and besides an incredible joke involving a steak and an executed cow; the film is devoid of any intelligence until it’s heavy satirical speech towards the end.
This is essentially a political satire that keeps topping itself when it comes to outrageous shock humour, all leading up to a brilliantly written speech about democracy versus dictatorship, which actually rings true. There’s a lot of embarrassingly funny stuff in "The Dictator," and those who laugh at political incorrectness are sure to be entertained.
Rating : 6/10
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