I have a love/loathe relationship with Sacha Baron Cohen. The man is undoubtedly hilarious and appears fearless as evidenced by his comedic resume. He is also smart, which is evident in the searing wit that his brand of gross out humor typically obscures to casual film bystanders. Yet, I loathe him because his reliance on gross out gags, over sexed sense of humor, and reliance on trying to push the envelope get tiring…But lets not thrown the Baron out with the bath water.
Dictator” reunites Baron Cohen with “Borat” and “Bruno” director Larry Charles
(who also directed Bill Maher’s fiercely unbiased “Religulous”). “The Dictator” is an entirely scripted
work about “Supreme Leader” Aladeen (Baron Cohen) of the fictional country of
Wadiya. In the film, Aladeen is
intent to kill and “lovingly oppress” his countrymen, but first must deliver a
speech about nuclear weapons to the UN in New York.