General Aladeen: I love being an American.
I’ll start off by getting this out of the way: Sacha Baron Cohen is a comedy legend. After shocking audiences with his alter-egos Borat, Bruno, and Ali G, Cohen goes a step further and creates a terrorist-dictator sort of leader: General Aladeen. I’ve gotta say, Cohen’s latest character is up there with Borat. In their latest collaboration, Cohen and Director Larry Charles manage to offend about every race, color, and religion… and that’s only the first twenty minutes! The script is brilliant, the running time is brisk, and the laughs are big. So, do you want to Aladeen or not Aladeen The Dictator?
The Dictator opens up in remembrance of Kim Jong Il, which wasn’t surprising if you consider the stunt between Cohen and Ryan Seacrest. Anyway, General Aladeen is the most powerful man in Wadiya, where he has supreme power to build nuclear weapons or eliminating untrustworthy employees. When news breaks out in North America regarding weapons of mass destruction, Aladeen is required to give a speech to the UN to avoid the destruction of Wadiya. Unfamiliar with anywhere other than the place he dictates, Aladeen willingly travels to the USA to deliver his speech.
Once he arrives in the United States, Aladeen is welcomed by an Arab-hating government socialist, wonderfully played by John C. Reilly, who eventually cuts Aladeen’s beard off. Now unrecognizable, Aladeen (now under the alias of Alison Burgers) is experiencing life as a normal man, while simultaneously being conspicuous in his actions. With a nice new job at a supermarket run by an unusual love interest (Anna Faris) and employees of different races (which opens up a bit of uncomfortable behavior for Aladeen), this Dictator decides to win his title back and become the rightful ruler of Wadiya.
I don’t think I made myself clear in the opening paragraph: The Dictator is one of the funniest movies of ALL-TIME. Normally during comedies, I don’t tend to do a lot of laughing out loud, but Sacha Baron Cohen makes me laugh in [nearly] anything. The Dictator is a comedy that works so well due to a fantastic lead and some pretty brilliant writing. I Aladeened The Dictator!
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