The Dictator – movie review

Posted: June 22, 2012 in Entertainment, Movies, Reviews

It was an odd combination of whim and circumstance that led me to buy a ticket for Sasha  Baron Cohen’s The Dictator.  It’s a long time since I’ve seen a movie with so little merit.  There were no surprises, having seen his first two debacles.  Humor, to Cohen, seems to be rooted squarely in outrageous offense, and there was no shortage of that.  Anti Jewish, anti Arab and anti women “jokes” abounded.  In fact it was pretty well anti everything.  But the nature of the satire was lame and didn’t justify the objectionable comments.  If it had had any real humor it might have been at least arguably good, but it didn’t and it isn’t .  Similarly, the one minute of rather clever anti American satire in the speech at the end did not make me feel any better about the hour plus that I’d wasted leading up to it.  The only good thing about the movie is that it is short, clocking in at only 1:23, and thus being, I think, the shortest film I’ve seen in a long time.  Thankfully.

This movie gets a D-

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