Picture In Motion: The Dictator

Review of: The Dictator
Film:
Larry Charles
Version:
DVD, Blu-Ray, Netflix
Price:
DVD: $7.19, BD: $12.98 (Amazon)

Reviewed by:
Rating:
3
On June 12, 2013
Last modified:July 5, 2013

Summary:

Hilarious, offensive sociopolitical satire, with a great ending.

Somewhere in Africa, a country called Wadiya is ruled under the fist of a man named Aladeen, who constantly makes stupid decisions, is blatantly racist, and is too ignorant to know any better. The United Nations orders him to report to them his nuclear dealings, or face an air strike. Once at the UN, he is kidnapped, loses his almighty beard, and is replaced with an even more ignorant double. To get his birth right back, he must befriend a diverse feminist (Anna Faris) and team up with his former nuclear scientist (Jason Mantzoukas), in order to stop democracy from reaching his country, and oppress his people more!

The face of a nation.

Aladeen is a very racist, sexist, bigoted, ignorant man (the kind of character Sacha Baron Cohen revels in), who constantly has people executed for a simple disagreement, and has had several Wadiyan words changed to “Aladeen” (positive/negative, open/close). Why is it, then, that I enjoyed him so much? Because I did like this character, and I wanted to see him oppress the people, and stop democracy. I guess sometimes a character can be such a bastard that we can’t help but enjoy him.

“Two tickets to ‘The ABC’s of Death’!”

This movie (mockingly dedicated to the late Kim Jong-il) had me laughing out loud, though be warned, it is a very offensive film, and is not for everyone. It’s for people who aren’t offended easily, and enjoys the sociopolitical satire (in real life, Sacha Baron Cohen is Jewish, so he has a free pass for all the anti-Semitic jokes), and will most likely be enjoyed by most of the racist, ignorant, bigoted jerks of the world, which is sad, as these people actually think this film is condoning their backwards state of mind, when it is in fact mocking it to no end. I recommend you watch it, as it is so over-the-top offensive that it is hilarious, and has a great ending.

 

B-

Hilarious, offensive sociopolitical satire, with a great ending.

James Flaherty

Video Game Reviewer/Critic at Leet Gamers Asia
Two things I love with a passion are video games and writing, and what's a better combination of those two things than being a game reviewer? 'Cause that's what I am. A reviewer for Leet Gamers Asia.

My tastes in games breach all genres, though my fortes are platformers and first-person shooters. My favorite game series is probably Super Mario, specifically the 3D games. I also love Rayman, Hitman, Bioshock, Half-Life/Portal, Uncharted, and Grand Theft Auto. As for my favorite game, it's hard to say: I love Portal 2, Shadow of the Colossus, Half-Life 2, Bioshock, Resident Evil 4, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Rayman Legends, Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Grand Theft Auto IV, L.A. Noire, Fallout 3, Journey, and Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence all so damn much.

James Flaherty

Two things I love with a passion are video games and writing, and what's a better combination of those two things than being a game reviewer? 'Cause that's what I am. A reviewer for Leet Gamers Asia. My tastes in games breach all genres, though my fortes are platformers and first-person shooters. My favorite game series is probably Super Mario, specifically the 3D games. I also love Rayman, Hitman, Bioshock, Half-Life/Portal, Uncharted, and Grand Theft Auto. As for my favorite game, it's hard to say: I love Portal 2, Shadow of the Colossus, Half-Life 2, Bioshock, Resident Evil 4, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Rayman Legends, Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Grand Theft Auto IV, L.A. Noire, Fallout 3, Journey, and Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence all so damn much.

2 thoughts on “Picture In Motion: The Dictator

  • June 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM
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    Big error in your review- the fictional country of Wadiya is in Africa, not South America. Personally, I thought the movie was stupid, nowhere near as funny as Borat, but that’s my opinion. Cohen has talent, just for me he’s better in smaller doses. His small role in Les Miserables was quite funny.

  • June 12, 2013 at 9:32 PM
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    Christ, you’re right! I’ll fix that now.

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