Review: The Dictator

Review: The Dictator

You can’t go wrong with Sacha Baron-Cohen. Dominating cable tv with the Ali G show for years, when Borat went into wide release in the states, it launched an army of impersonators and Baron-Cohen became a household name. His follow up, Bruno, was decent, but not nearly as funny as Borat. Baron-Cohen’s latest creation, The Dictator, is the story of Admiral General Aladeen, the ruler of the North African Republic of Wadiya. Under threat of UN sanction, Aladeen travels to New York to address the council. His Uncle (Ben Kingsley) who was passed up for the throne, is conspiring to have Aladeen out of the way so he can take the reigns of the country. Shortly after arriving to New York, he is kidnapped by a hired hit-man, and is replaced with his buffoon of body double (also played by Baron-Cohen).

Aladeen, unrecognizable without his beard, is out on his own in New York – trying to reclaim his position. He’s helped along the way by Zoey (Anna Farris), a Brooklyn-dwelling owner of a co-op market.

Aladeen could vey well be Baron-Cohen’s most offensive creation. No one, and nothing is safe, from women, to Israel and 9-11, anything and everything is made fun of by Aladeen. Is the film crude? Yes. Is the film funny? If it’s your cup of tea, definitely.

The one thing that definitely bugged me was the casting of Anna Farris. I didn’t buy her as a Brooklyn-liberal-hipster. A short haircut and armpit hair just wasn’t enough of a transformation.

It was great to see Baron-Cohen in a film that isn’t focused on hidden-camera or unsuspecting interviewees – not that it was ever a question, but he definitely has proved that he’s able to pull of a traditional narrative.

Review: Brüno

BrünoBrüno. What can one really say about this movie? It stars Sacha Baron Cohen, the genius behind Da Ali G Show, and the hit film Borat. You’re either a fan of the humor, or not. I could praise the movie to no end, or damn it to hell, if you like Cohen, you’re gonna see it either way.
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‘Bruno’ Gets Slapped with NC-17

Sacha Baron Cohen and his latest film, ‘Bruno’ have been hit with an NC-17 rating reports say. The MPAA cited the graphic sexual content found within the film. The Universal spokeman said that it is far too early to say if there will be a struggle in achieving an R rating, as they are currently testing two different versions of the film with audiences.

I loved Borat, I was a huge fan of the Ali G show, I cannot wait any longer for this one.

Sacha Baron Cohen Sells ‘Accidentes’ Pitch

Sacha Baron Cohen has sold a brand new pitch to Fox Atomic called “Accidentes,” a film about an ambulance-chasing personal injury lawyer.

The film is co-written by Peter Baynham and Sacha Baron Cohen, who worked together on the ‘Borat’ feature.

The main character is a Latino lawyer who becomes a hero of the working class when he helps an immigrant win a court case against a wealthy employer after a landscaping mishap.

Being that Sacha Baron Cohen is one of the best comedic minds in film these days, one can’t help but have high hopes. Currently, he is only producing this pitch, but here’s hoping he stars.

Cohen will be seen next in ‘Bruno,’ another character from the popular ‘Da Ali G Show.’

Universal Sets ‘Bruno’ Release Date

Universal Sets ‘Bruno’ Release Date

bruno.jpgUniversal has finally set a date for Sacha Baron Cohen’s next feature, ‘Bruno.’ The film is about a flamboyant fashion/celebrity journalist from Austria who interviews people (much like Borat) who believe he is a real person.

Universal is banking on the fact that ‘Borat’ was enough of a success that ‘Bruno’ is ready for a high-profile summer release. The date is May 15, 2009.

Personally, of Cohen’s characters from his show, Bruno was the segment I looked forward to the least, so who knows if I’ll be able to sit through a feature with him. Borat grossed $128.5 million domestically, so, perhaps he knows what he’s doing.