"Lewd and Goofy"
THE DICTATOR stars Sacha Baron Cohen as General Aladeen, a dictator from a fictional Arab country visiting the UN in New York, only to find himself the victim of a plot to replace him. The comedy in THE DICTATOR is hit and miss, with lots of crude, lewd content, some very strong obscene language, and some politically correct comedy.
THE DICTATOR pokes fun of Muslim fanatics and Arab/Muslim dictators in the Middle East, but it also contains lots of extremely crude content that pokes fun of modern sexual practices. And, during the movie’s climactic moment, it adopts the politically correct, socialist position of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement to suggest that the United States is a capitalist dictatorship run by a capitalist cabal of dictators in Washington linked to “Big Business.”
The movie stars Sacha Baron Cohen as Admiral General Aladeen, a dictator from a fictional country called the Republic of Wadiya. Aladeen sentences anyone to death for minor offenses, including disagreeing with him about minor points in policy such as whether a nuclear missile should have a pointy or round top. He has also ordered his countrymen to substitute his name, Aladeen, for a bunch of other words. Thus, for example, a store’s sign of “We’re Open” versus “We’re Closed” becomes “We’re Aladeen” in both cases.
Aladeen refuses to let inspectors into the new nuclear facility he’s building. He lies and tells the world community that he’s just building it for nuclear energy. World leaders challenge Aladeen to come to the United Nations in New York to show the world evidence that he is indeed building a peaceful facility. Aladeen accepts the challenge. However, when he gets there, his uncle and trusted aide, Tamir, has him kidnapped. The kidnapper plans to torture him, then kill jim, but firsat he cuts off his beard. However, Aladeen escapes, accidentally starts a fire, and the kidnapper’s body is burned in the fire. So, Aladeen finds himself without his trademark beard while wandering the streets of New York. None of the security people at the hotel believes him when he tries to return to his rooms.
Not knowing Aladeen is still alive, the uncle wants the look-alike to sign a new democratic constitution in public. In reality, the constitution is designed to turn all oil rights in Wadiya over to China, British Petroleum, and Exxon.
Meanwhile, Aladeen starts working for Zoey, a female health food hippie caterer who has access to Aladeen’s hotel where the uncle has planned the signing ceremony. Aladeen’s plans to get back into power hit a snag when he starts falling in love with Zoey, a radical feminist hippie who .
THE DICTATOR has some funny jokes about Muslim fanatics and Arab dictators. Hippie leftist culture also takes some pointed comical jabs. However, there’s more than a few scenes with very crude sexual humor, plus an extremely explicit nude shot. The movie also contains some very strong foul language. Politically, despite the satire of Muslims and Middle eastern dictators, the movie takes potshots at oil companies. Also, the goofy kidnapper (played by John C. Riley) is depicted as the stereotypical Southern bigot.
In addition, a scene during the climactic third act adopts the politically correct, socialist position of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. It suggests that the United States is a capitalist dictatorship run by a capitalist cabal of dictators in Washington in league with “Big Business.” The dialogue in the scene is clever, but it clearly shows Sacha Baron Cohen’s left-wing perspective on American politics. He does, however, poke fun at the Chinese ambassador, although some of the jokes may seem racist to some people. Finally, although Aladeen’s love for Zoey seems to change his character for the good, a couple scenes at the very end suggest he hasn’t really changed.
The extreme sexual humor and nudity in THE DICTATOR is not as constant as it was in Cohen’s last movie, the abhorrent BRÜNO, but it’s still unacceptable nonetheless. Also, the goofy comedy is rather hit and miss. So, it’s doubtful whether THE DICTATOR will attract a vast audience of moviegoers. It could still attract a following, however, so MOVIEGUIDE® dissuades moviegoers against seeing this disappointing DICTATOR.
(PaPaPa, B, PCPC, APAP, Ho, LLL, VV, SSS, NNN, A, D, MM) Very strong pagan worldview of almost anything goes comedy poking fun of Muslim fanatics and Middle Eastern dictators, with some moral elements indicating the comical villain/protagonist changes for the good but a couple other scenes suggest he really hasn’t, plus some strong politically correct, Anti-American content that suggests America is a capitalist dictatorship (thus equating dictatorships overseas with American society) and two or more homosexual references when two women are shown kissing and one woman is called a “lesbian hobbit”; about 30 obscenities (including 19 or so “f” words with some used in a song) and five light profanities (My God), plus other vulgar language and three or so scenes referring to bathroom activities (including scene where simple-minded man drinks his own urine and then dumps some of it on Israel’s UN delegates; some strong violence (often intentionally comical) with slight blood includes man cuts off corpse’s head off screen and uses it as a puppet to scare a co-conspirator, man shot in legs, dictator runs in track meet and shoots opponents, dictator orders people put to death but finds out later they have only been sent out of the country, men discuss torture tools (one tool is called the “anal umbrella”), woman knocked out by hardened fecal matter, man throws trashcan into taxi’s window to avoid dumping trash in dumpster, and protagonist’s mother is briefly shown being deliberately smothered after giving birth; extreme sexual content in one scene where man appears to lick woman’s skin under her pubic hair but it turns out to be her armpit hair, briefly depicted fornication, women strip to underwear, two women shown kissing, woman suggests masturbation to dictator, scene of dictator doing such masturbation but nothing of private parts shown, male character mimes woman giving oral sex to him, and some miscellaneous sexual jokes; full male nudity when man swinging outside hotel window accidentally flashes woman inside room, shot of upper female nudity, apparent shot of woman’s pubic hair turns out to be her hairy armpit, and shots of upper male nudity; alcohol use; brief smoking; and, stealing, lying, kidnapping, kidnapping for extortion, insults, and sexist Muslim dictator suggests putting one female baby in the trash and aborting an unborn female child (used as a joke to humorously depict his low regard for women).
THE DICTATOR stars Sacha Baron Cohen as General Aladeen, a dictator from a fictional Arab country. Aladeen denies the new nuclear facility he’s building has nuclear weapons. World leaders challenge him to come to the United Nations in New York and prove it. Aladeen accepts the challenge, but, after a failed assassination plot, he finds himself out on the streets without his trademark beard. Aladeen starts working for Zoey, a female health food caterer who has access to his hotel. Aladeen has to stop his traitorous uncle from taking power. His plans hit a snag when he falls in love with Zoey despite her feminist, hippie ideology.
THE DICTATOR has some funny jokes about Muslim fanatics and Arab dictators. However, it has plenty of very crude sexual humor. There’s also some very strong obscene language, plus two comical shots of extreme nudity. Also, there’s brief politically correct comedy that’s Anti-American. The extremely lewd humor and brief nudity in THE DICTATOR is not as constant as Cohen’s last movie. It’s still unacceptable, however. Also, the laughs are rather hit and miss. So, moviegoers won’t really miss much if they skip THE DICTATOR.