Director: Larry Charles
It makes me Aladeen that they wrote this because it's so Aladeen: Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer, Dave Mandel
Other Aladeen writers: Sascha Baron Cohen, Scott Rudin, Dave Mazer
Sadly he only smacks one person: Sacha Baron Cohen
Little boy: Anna Faris
Remember when he played Ghandi?: Ben Kingsley
I wish he would have kept showing up and getting killed, like Kenny: Dr. Steve Brule
Looks totally different without the beard: Jason Mantzoukas
He's the fucking man: Edward Norton
Holler: Megan Fox
The Dictator, like a lot of movies of Aladeen quality, Aladeens, instead of Aladeening. Which makes it pretty Aladeen.
The first scene of Aladeen working at the co-op. Aladeen Aladeen's a guy right in the Aladeen. This is Aladeen. But it's the only Aladeen of this Aladeen. In the montage that follows, there isn't a lot of Aladeen being Aladeen. I mean, that sounds ridiculous. ALADEEN IS BEING ALADEEN. I just didn't think it was very Aladeen. And that's because I like Aladeen. And this is only Aladeen. I wanted multiple moments of Aladeen. To see Aladeen Aladeening a lot of people. Not just one guy. Okay, he Aladeen's the kid in the Aladeen. But that's, again, one Aladeen.
At the end of the Aladeen, it comes down to the Aladeen that I was expecting a lot of Aladeen. And there's only an Aladeen amount of Aladeen.
Which, when you look at Eurotrip, another movie by Berg, Schaffer, and Mandel, there's a plethora of Aladeen. From the Matt Damon Aladeen ("Scottie doesn't Aladeen, Scottie doesn't Aladeen," such an Aladeen song), to the robot Aladeen-off, to the brother and sister Aladeening, and the little kid Aladeening Hitler. I don't know. This is the Aladeen I like to see. And what made Borat and Bruno Aladeen was the real-life situation. The people Cohen found were Aladeen. And they were real! So seeing the Aladeen character Borat/Bruno interacting with these Aladeen people was ridiculously Aladeen. Which meant Borat and Bruno are examples of Reality and Fiction Aladeening.
The Dictator isn't so Aladeen. It's just Aladeen. And there are Aladeen moments that seem to have made a lot of people Aladeen (it has a 61% Aladeen on Rotten Aladeen). And, yeah, I Aladeened during the film, throughout the film. But I was really hoping I'd Aladeen A LOT, like, to the point of tears. That this movie would be one Aladeen after another. But it never gets as extremely Aladeen as I would have liked.
Most of the Aladeen moments are brief. They are not part of a larger sequence of Aladeening.
There's the birth. Which has its moments. And the "working at co-op montage" has some Aladeen parts, as I said. But the restaurant scene never gets Aladeen.
The helicopter Aladeen is a better example of what I'm Aladeening about. If it were one joke, it wouldn't be quite so Aladeen. It's be somewhat Aladeen. But not really Aladeen. Because it's many jokes, because there's depth to the joke, it gathers Aladeen. Are there any other moments in the Aladeen that gather Aladeen like this? I don't really think so...
The HEAD. The head is the one Aladeen that transcends a confined Aladeen and shows up throughout the Aladeen--which means it too gathers Aladeen. I wanted more things like this in the Aladeen...instead, The Dictator is just a series of Aladeens that are connected by Aladeen appearing in each of them. The major point of Aladeen is simply Aladeen's Aladeen to Aladeen his Aladeen. Is that really that Aladeen? No. Which means the details of the Aladeen should be extremely Aladeen, in order to make up for the Aladeen Aladeens. Except the Aladeens are not. They're Aladeen.
For instance: Aladeen Aladeen's the guy in the Aladeen and nothing happens. There's no Aladeen. It happens and is done. Aladeen Aladeen's the kid. And nothing happens. Except it does! The co-op loses the Lancaster Aladeen because of it. But then Aladeen gets the Aladeen back through, we can Aladeen, some Aladeen-like methods. When Aladeen Aladeen's the garbage can on the passing taxi, it's pretty Aladeen, but then nothing happens.
In other words, for almost every Aladeen that Aladeen takes, there's no Aladeen.
Even when Aladeen tries to have people Aladeened, they're not Aladeened, are instead Aladeened to NYC. Aladeen is, then, almost totally Aladeen. And I think this Aladeens to the Aladeen itself. It's like when a really good Aladeen Aladeens a really bad Aladeen and the good Aladeen Aladeens down to the level of the bad Aladeen. The best Aladeens continue to Aladeen their Aladeen no matter their Aladeen. I just which Cohen could have Aladeened the Aladeen.
I sort of wish the Aladeen wasn't about Aladeen but about the fake Aladeen. I think he would have done way more Aladeen things.
Did I Like It:
Sure. I laughed. And I obviously found the joke about Aladeen changing words to "Aladeen" to be hilarious.
I don't know. I would recommend trying the movie out. Because enough people think it's hilarious. But I don't think it's really a good movie. Not even that great a of comedy.
And there are critics saying the satire is sharp and great? Really? I thought all the points were obvious...like the internet prices at the hotel...the final speech about America being sort of like a dictatorship because the people in power are continually trying to rig the game to keep power by devouring the middle and lower classes. These are all things other people have said or are saying. And we're giving Cohen credit for saying them now? It's one thing for him to say something (okay, I give him credit for saying it in a movie, because no one else has). I just wish the film would have had him trying to do something about it.
No one pays a consultant to just say "Hey, your system sucks." Consultants make money because they offer solutions. The Dictator is like...the world's most worthless consultant.
Cohen: "Hey, Americans, you're living in a dictatorship and you don't even know it!"
Americans: "So...what should we do about it?"
Cohen: "Uh...[whispers to Ben Kinglsey] BK, try to kill me!"
Cohen: "JUST DO IT"
Kingsley tries to kill Cohen and the film stops trying to be satire and goes back to being a stupid comedy.
If you think this is good satire, you probably think Spider-Man 3 is an alright movie.
Read Cat's Cradle.
Ideally, the first 40 minutes would have been the entirety of what is the current film, and the last 40 would have been Aladeen showing American how democracy SHOULD work.
I really think the entire movie would have been way more interesting if it had been about the fake Aladeen. Seriously. That guy was so dumb, there's so much potential. But...Aladeen was such a dick, and the entire plot worked to make him less of a dick. They probably would have had fake Aladeen just become less stupid. Sigh.
What It s'Nice For:
-seeing Cohen kick a child
-coining the use of the word "Aladeen" in situations where you should use other words
-bringing back people quoting Borat
-the fucking idiot Aladeen milking a woman
-a beginner's course to satire
-Edward Norton's cameo
-reminding people John C. Reilly is ridiculous
-satire for beginners
-John C. Reilly dies
-offers commentary, but doesn't have the balls to bring up solutions
-why a romantic storyline?
-that this was all guys who wrote for Seinfeld could come up with?
% Character / % Actor's personality
Jason Mantoothkas: 70/30
-Movies about dictators: Downfall; Stalin; Comandante; The Devil's Double; The Last King of Scotland; The Producers
-Cohen being better: Sweeney Todd; Hugo; Talladega Nights
-Faris being silly: Scary Movie; Lost in Translation; Waiting...; Just Friends; basically every movie she's in
-Cool cameos: Keith Richards; Martin Sheen; Ethel Merman; Bruce Springsteen; Bob Barker;