Sasha Baron Cohen's latest comedy is the story of General Aladeen, the tyrannical dictator of a small North African country. After being invited to America by the United Nations, he is kidnapped and left stranded in New York City, unrecognizable as the rich, tyrannic Aladeen. Just because 'The Dictator' is Cohen's first foray into scripted comedy doesn't mean the film is any less crude, or offensive in its approach. The Dictator has lots of outlandish comedic moments and is honestly a lot more entertaining and funny than I was expecting. The narrative follows the rather standard storyline for this type of thing, including the typical love interest tropes and change of heart character journey. There is definitely a small social commentary running through the film but it's not incredibly deep or overbearing. In fact, I found the slight commentary on Hollywood to be far more interesting and hilarious than the political commentary. 'The Dictator' is essentially what you would expect from the latest Sacha Baron Cohen project, it's brash, having some great comedic moments, a few solid ones, and a few misses.
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