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Chaos comedian Sacha Baron Cohen ("Borat") as a despot on a visit to the USA - crude satire based on the "secret" novel by Saddam Hussein.
Beloved by the people in their self-perception, Admiral General Aladeen alone rules Wadiya. Sporadic attacks and the UN's demand to make its nuclear program transparent tarnish the perfection. So Aladeen decides to declare the blessings of his reign in New York. Shortly after arrival, however, the dictator is kidnapped and replaced by a doppelganger. Robbed of his power and his distinctive beard, he gets to know democracy and the lovable naive Zoe as a simple man.
Beloved by the people in their self-perception, Admiral General Aladeen alone rules Wadiya. Sporadic attacks and the UN's demand to make its nuclear program transparent tarnish the perfection. So Aladeen decides to declare the blessings of his reign in New York. Shortly after arriving, however, the dictator is kidnapped and replaced by a doppelganger. Robbed of his power and his distinctive beard, he gets to know democracy and the lovable naive Zoe as a simple man.
General Aladeen, dictator of Wadiya, is kidnapped during a state visit to New York and has to find his way through on his own. Third disrespectful film comedy by Sascha Baron Cohen, who this time integrates his “Borat” humor into a “Prince from Zamunda” storyline.
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show moreThe dictator: Chaos comedian Sacha Baron Cohen ("Borat") as a despot on a visit to the USA - crude satire based on the "secret" novel by Saddam Hussein.
Sacha Baron Cohen moves as a power and sex-hungry potentate in New York before the UN General Assembly in Larry Charles ‘wonderfully incorrect political farce.
When it comes to PR and excitement, he's in a class of his own: Sacha Baron Cohen. In a white fantasy uniform, he waved graciously across the red carpet to this year's Academy Awards. There was a hail of protests. Much to the delight of the exceptional British comedian, who skilfully used the event, which was broadcast worldwide, as an advertising platform for his new Bad Taste comedy. "The dictator" tells -
politically wonderfully incorrect - the heroic story of a potentate who at all costs wants to prevent his beautiful country, which he fervently oppresses, from being plunged into the chaos of democracy. After Admiral General Aladeen (SBC) is invited to New York to justify his nuclear nuclear program, he is kidnapped in the "birthplace of AIDS" and replaced by a bearded goatherd. The dictator, a friend of dark sunglasses, finds himself defenseless and homeless in the Big Apple until he meets a “little man” who, as it turns out, is the owner of a vegan eco-shop and offers him asylum. But a man of his stature riding up to Kamel down Fifth Avenue needs no protection. He just wants to give his 14-hour speech to the United Nations ... This bitter joke is based on the novel “Zabibah and the King”, a literary effusion by the Iraqi despot Saddam Hussein, as his main character Sacha Baron Cohen once again has his talent as a subtle disguise artist proves. As the crude Kazakh journalist “Borat” he reckoned with the American pseudo-morals, as the gay Austrian fashion expert “Brüno” he mixed up the fashion world. With his proven director Larry Charles ("Seinfeld") at his side, the British multi-talent, who has become known as "Ali G.", once again lives up to his reputation as the crassest satirist in the world of film - actively supported by "Scary Movie" Queen Anna Faris the sexy vamp Megan Fox and Oscar winner Sir Ben Kingsley as a correctly caped Hamid Karzai clone. Fortunately, no one shears the limits of good taste in this bad fun, close to the truth.
show moreSasha Baron Cohen is known for his wicked satirical humor. With "Borat", "Brüno" and "Ali G" he has already created some characters who relentlessly flaunted prejudices and rode around them with great joy. By contrast, the British comedian's last foray to the big screen was downright tame. Most recently, Sasha Baron Cohen was seen as a grumpy station policeman in "Hugo Cabret". But now he's coming back with a role some will love and others will hate. In contrast to his previous star roles "Brüno" and "Borat", this time one does not rely on gullible Americans who are poked at in documentary style. "The Dictator" is a real feature film and it is relentless and shameless. He also often leaves the limits of good taste far behind. The gags range from extremely successful and intelligent to tasteless and repulsive, which unfortunately makes the film seem a bit unbalanced.
Enough laughs are guaranteed and some of them are simply grandiose. When the lonely dictator brings Hollywood beauties like Halle Berry and Megan Fox to bed, he plays a video game that glosses over terrorism on a device similar to Wii Sports or gives his dictatorship-glorifying speech in front of the UN, one can laugh confidently and heartily. Of course, the jokes are a lot nasty and more than politically incorrect, but Cohen leans out the window so far that, similar to "Iron Sky", one can laugh at the nastiest things. Another highlight can be found in the helicopter sequence in which Aladeen and his buddy accidentally terrify an American couple. Original ideas, wonderful dialogues and subliminal criticism of everything and everyone provide ample entertainment for a painless viewer.
But unfortunately Cohen doesn't manage to keep the imaginative and high level of laughter consistently. Between the really successful sequences there are rows and rows of scenes that seem stupid and embarrassing and that are simply no longer laughable. When Aladeen drinks his own urine or helps with the birth of a baby in the Oköladen and leaves his cell phone in the mother's body, there is no trace of skilled laughter to be found.
Despite his cheap and tasteless jokes, Cohen and director Larry Charles ("Brüno", "Borat") managed to get well-known names like John C. Reilly and Ben Kingsley on board as well as a guest appearance by Megan Fox. And "Scary Movie" actress Anna Faris is very familiar with bad humor anyway. Nevertheless, all actors remain in Cohen's shadow and the characters often only serve as a platform on which Cohen's gags work.
In the end, "The Dictator" turned out to be a film that doesn't quite match the wit and originality of Cohen's predecessors, but still makes for a few laughs. It's just a shame that the sometimes grandiose jokes are affected by some simply tasteless passages in the film. If the disgust factor and gutter humor had been dispensed with, "The Dictator" would actually have been a thoroughly successful satire.
Conclusion: Sasha Baron Cohen has done it again: as "The Dictator" the comedian kidnaps and criticizes everything and everyone and ranges from perfectly coordinated parody to tasteless humor that no longer ignites. In the usual Cohen manner, bitter jokes can still be laughed at in a way that hardly anyone else brings them to the screen.
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