Movie Review: The Dictator (2012)

The Dictator is politically incorrect and doesn't pull punches in the racial comedy department-- and those are the two positive things I can say about the movie.

Its irreverence and satire of the Arabic dictator puts the film and Sacha Baron Cohen well beyond being watchable and funnier than most Hollywood comedies. While it doesn't have the edge of Borat and faux-documentary appeal of BrĂ¼no, Baron Cohen still manages to create a very divisive, yet effective character in Admiral General Aladeen. (But I'm sure a lot of Arab folks are not happy with Baron Cohen's characterization)

The story works because it has a solid "fish-out-of-water" arc and personal transformation angle, but there's still enough offensive material to go around. And this won't be a Sacha Baron Cohen movie without the requisite genitalia exposure.

The Dictator is a funny film, but don't take it too seriously-- treat it like those silly parody movies (like Scary Movie).

Rating: 3.5/5