Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Dictator (2012)

Director: Larry Charles. Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Anna Faris, Aasif Mandvi, Horatio Sanz, Megan Fox. 83 min. Rated R. Comedy.

Charming comedy, about a fictional Gadhafi/Ahmadinejad inspired billionaire dictator who at a random turn of events loses his status and ends up with his opposite: a peace-loving, politically-correct, vegetarian girl running a simple grocery store in Manhattan. The hilarious stereotypes and vulgar racially-charged satire is very similar to Cohen's Borat, and the ending repeats that movie's style of self-criticism: dictatorships we so despise are not much different from America's own system of governance. And since it's repetitive, it loses its traction.

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