: In his latest parody, Sacha Baron Cohen
mocks dictators as Admiral General Haffaz Aladeen — the ruler of the fictional North African Republic of Wadiya.
: Sacha Baron Cohen brilliantly combined trash and wit in his last two films, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
. The allure of these mockumentaries is that much of it was improvisational, with only a handful of the cast in on the joke. Seeing the shock in the average person or celebrities (Paula Abdul
, La Toya Jackson
) was hilarious to watch. This time around, Cohen's latest project is 100% scripted. Therefore, the flick requires a solid script and comedic timing versus Cohen’s candid-camera-type shenanigans, which I love and are clearly the actor’s strength. Why did Cohen abandon the formula we all love? Maybe Sacha Baron Cohen is too famous to play a character like Borat. He is easily recognizable and, after two high profile and controversial films, a standard comedy might be his only route… unfortunately.
Yes, The Dictator
delivers the raunchy one-liners fans of Cohen love. However, his comedic sensibilities in a scripted movie and full cast prove the London native is no Eddie Murphy, Jim Carrey
or Chris Tucker
. That said, those three comedy giants couldn't have tackled Cohen's previous characters, but neither would they try. Cohen’s dive into scripted comedy is as awkward as an Auto-Tuned singer forced to sing live.
is clunky with predictable commentary versus Cohen’s previous thought-provoking dialogue on race, class, gender and homophobia. Moreover, the Paramount Pictures film is just not funny. The publicity stunts for promoting The Dictator
were funnier than the actual movie.
, the bar might be too high for Cohen. The Dictator
is as vulgar as the other two, but no amount of lowbrow comedy can redeem a bland script.
is available on DVD.