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The Dictator [DVD]

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  • Actors: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, Jason Mantzoukas, Bobby Lee
  • Directors: Larry Charles
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Nov. 2012
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A688IZK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,532 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From the creators of Borat comes the hilarious story of a North African dictator (Oscar® nominee and Golden Globe winner Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat, Brüno, Da Ali G Show) who, on a visit to New York, is stripped of his power and forced to get a real job at a Brooklyn health food store.

Theatrical cut runtime: 80 mins approx.
Extended cut runtime: 95 mins approx.


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The Dictator is a 2012 comedy featuring Sacha Baron Cohen as an Arab tyrant brought low after being kidnapped while attending the UN General Assembly. The thin plot sees Cohen's Admiral General Aladeen blunder his way through various culture clashes as he learns about the world through employment at a vegan, feminist, non-profit cooperative. The plot is largely about the jokes rather than the story. At a superficial level this is easily dismissed as kind of silly but it is impressively even-handed in its dismantling of Arab fascism, big oil, and leftist anti-ism. More important that any of that, The Dictator is funny. Not exactly Borat funny but filled with great quips and lots of visual humour. Some of the humour is a little too low-brow but in the main it is another funny Sacha Baron Cohen outing to be entertained by.

Cohen's performance borrows heavily from Borat. The difference between Aladeen and Borat boils down to wit. Aladeen is just as bumbling and incompetent at times, especially when forced to work a mundane job. Unlike Borat, Aladeen is full of put-downs and retorts, spending most of the film berating or insulting someone. Amid our fearful, politically correct times, this kind of humour that insults all sides equally is most welcome.

The plot expands the wit by showing Aladeen to actually be much more effective when taking charge of the co-operative he works for. Aladeen is brutal and unpleasant. He gets the job done. The Dictator savagely skewers the utopian notion that we are all the same.

The unchecked power of dictatorship leads Aladeen into trouble.
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I think Sacha Baron Cohen is a very intelligent producer who presents serious issues in a way that entices higher intellectual philosophical thought. Watching The Dictator prompted me to reflect on political issues and ideas and links to bias and the media. The film was very enjoyable and made my husband and I laugh out loud on numerous occasions. There was not any moments that were over-the-top cringe and this (I believe) supported my view that this film offered serious reflection on the issues that affect us all in today's modern world. I personally believe that Sacha Baron Cohen's personal religious worldview/upbringing influences his focus of presenting ideas (often uncomfortable for many) to highlight and question the modern world and people's idiosyncracies.

As for the plot - as entertainment it's hilarious in my view. The acting is great (quite a few stars in this film). Some of the lines make me laugh when I reflect on the film. In addition the soundtrack to this film is fantastic; Popular pop/R n B songs sung in a different language and this adds to the whole entertainment of the film. Very cleverly done!

Overall I don't find this film as having as many cringe moments as Borat. I would definitely watch this film again. Moreover I would recommend this film for anyone who appreciates the work of Sacha Baron Cohen, anyone who is in the mood for watching an hilarious comedy and for anyone who enjoys the genre of satire. I have awarded The Dictator five stars because it's a great film and nothing could be altered or changed to make it any better - perfect comedy!
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While The Dictator maintains it's satire with a rude & crude approach to it's humour, which won't be to everyone's tastes, it's very much more conventional as a movie than Sacha Baron Cohen's predecessors in Borat & Bruno. In that is very much more a structured movie with a traditional plot with a beginning , middle & ending, as opposed to the TV camera crew following a set of outrageous moments with random people.

The plot is quite simple, Sacha Baron Cohen plays the eccentric dictator of the North African nation of Wadiya, Aladeen. While his 2nd in command who should had been the next in line to the throne, Tamir (Ben Kingsley -Gandhi), plots to overthrow him. As his latest assassination attempt fails , Tamir decides to take Aladeen out of his comfort zone to America, to address the United Nations, and have him assassinated there, while Aladeen's double will make Wadiya a democracy on World T.V & profit from the oil rights himself. But things don't go quite to plan, as a de-bearded Aladeen runs amok in New York to great comical ends, in a life affirming experience as he meets & falls in love with the beautiful hairy boy child Zoey (Anna Faris -Scary Movie). Comedy & mayhem ensue as Aladeen runs into people with totally different beliefs to his own.

Overall i found The Dictator to be an hilarious movie with many comedy set pieces, i felt offended & shocked in places but i couldn't help but laugh, although some of the jokes fell flat, like the Wadiya meaning of positive & negative for example. On the flip side it was very clever & great satire on real life.
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