From the guy who brought us Ali G and Borat comes a new character named General Aladeen, a ruthless dictator from a fictional country in North Africa who is part buffoon, part horn dog and part ruthless bloodthirsty ruler in The Dictator.
Through a ridiculous set of circumstances, that I will spare you the details because they are so contrived, Aladeen ends up in New York while his even sillier double is in charge of his country.
There are plenty of cameo appearances from big stars to keep things interesting. As for the element of political satire, we get a pretty heavy-handed lecture that borders on being a bit corny. The Dictator, like so many other characters by Cohen, is offensive but somehow there is a certain likeability to him.
The Dictator is one tasteless gag after another—from playing the Munich Olympic games on Wii, to having a massive misunderstanding of 9-11. The extended birthing scene, however, lowers the bar in shock humor. That all being noted, it's still pretty funny, if you like this kind of thing.
The Flick-O-Meter gives The Dictator a three out of five. It is kind of like watching a live action cartoon. And if you look at it from that perspective, it's not so bad.
You can catch The Dictator at Movies 278 in Hiram at 1:15, 3:30, 6:20, 8:40 and 10:40 p.m. Regal 22 Cinemas in Austell is showing the movie at 1:35, 2:25, 3:45, 4:35, 5:55, 7:25, 8:05, 9:40 and 10:15 p.m.
And after you go, since your international taste buds will be yearning, you could head to A Taste of Asia on Powder Springs Road.