The Dictator

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  • R
  • 2012
  • 1 hr 23 min
  • 6.4  (328,265)
  • 58

Sacha Baron Cohen stars in The Dictator, a 2012 comedy film directed by Larry Charles. The movie follows the story of General Aladeen, a ruthless and eccentric dictator of the fictional North African country of Wadiya. General Aladeen is known for his iron fist ruling style, where anyone who opposes him is executed without a second thought. He is a self-proclaimed god who dresses in lavish military outfits and requires everyone in his country to worship him.

One day, General Aladeen is summoned to New York City to attend a United Nations meeting. While in New York, he gets captured by a group of rebels who want to overthrow his regime. The rebels shave off his trademark beard, leaving him unrecognizable, and leave him in the city to fend for himself.

Lost and alone, General Aladeen seeks the help of a feminist activist named Zoey (Anna Faris) who runs an organic market. He pretends to be a political refugee and tries to blend in with the locals. Zoey takes pity on him and gives him a job at her shop.

As General Aladeen starts to enjoy the freedom of living as a commoner, he begins to realize the injustices he has inflicted on his people. With the help of Zoey, he plans to return to Wadiya and restore democracy in his country.

The plot of the movie is filled with humorous situations that highlight the absurdity of authoritarian regimes. Sacha Baron Cohen's portrayal of General Aladeen is hilarious and cringey at the same time, making it a great performance. He uses his unique brand of humor, similar to his previous work in Borat and Bruno, to poke fun at politics and stereotypes.

Anna Faris's character, Zoey, provides an excellent contrast to General Aladeen's absurdity. She is a dedicated activist who fights for equality and justice, and her interactions with General Aladeen lead to several comedic moments.

John C. Reilly also plays a major role in the movie as Clayton, a CIA agent assigned to track down General Aladeen. Clayton is a bumbling, trigger-happy agent who adds to the movie's comedic moments, even though he is clueless about General Aladeen's true identity.

The Dictator is a social satire that uses humor to highlight the problems with authoritarian regimes. The movie's humor is not for everyone, as it is crude, and at times, offensive. However, it is undoubtedly an excellent choice for anyone who enjoys political satire and Sacha Baron Cohen's unique brand of comedy.

In conclusion, The Dictator is a well-made political satire movie that is not afraid to take risks. It is filled with hilarious moments that will keep viewers laughing throughout the movie. The star-studded cast, led by Sacha Baron Cohen, delivers outstanding performances, making for a well-executed movie.

The Dictator is a 2012 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 23 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.4 and a MetaScore of 58.

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