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on November 30, 2012
First of all, I dont see why so many people have given this a bad review... You must know what you are getting into before you watch it. Obviously there will be racy situations, poor judgement, awkward moments, and be offensive. This movie is hilarious (to me) All you people who got offended watching to movie why didn't you just turn it off? Every time I go to the theater to watch one of his movies people always are walking out... I ask myself, why the heck did you come in the first place? Seriously, this movie is not for the easily offended.
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Sacha Baron Cohen does a great acting job in his latest film, "The Dictator." The gags are mostly good and although some are tacky and racist (with a few being crude) it still held my attention on a very rough day for me because it works as a parody of dictatorships. There is little about the plot and the film that I can add to the reviews already posted here; but I can certainly vouch for other reviewers who write that the film is actually pretty good entertainment, a parody and nothing truly offensive even if Sacha Baron Cohen is very daring when it comes to topics for jokes and gags.

The plot is not terribly deep; but it moves along well and you shouldn't get bored. Sacha Baron Cohen (who plays the brutal dictator of the fictional, northern African country named Wadiya) surrounds himself with excellent actors all turning in convincing performances that make the film even funnier. Sir Ben Kingsley plays Tamir, the rightful heir to the dictatorship occupied by his apparently younger brother General Aladeen (Sacha Baron Cohen). Anna Faris is brilliant as Zoey, a Brooklyn, New York vegan small business food store owner who's liberal activism clashes sharply with Aladeen's "take no prisoners" and kill-`em-all policy whenever anyone disagrees with him. Nadal, a scientist ordered to create nuclear weapons for Wadiya, is well played by Jason Mantzoukas; his timing is just right and he supports Baron Cohen really well.

Soon after the film starts with some gags and basic introductions, General Aladeen is practically summoned to the United Nations. They want his assurance that he isn't developing nuclear weapons--otherwise they may use military force against Wadiya. Aladeen travels to New York with Tamir and an extensive entourage--but soon after that he is kidnapped and nearly killed in a very funny scene with one of my favorite actors, John C. Reilly, playing the would-be murderer. Tamir hopes that with the real Aladeen out of the way he can use a phony "double" for Aladeen and use the double to make Wadiya a democracy so Tamir can sell its oil to countries around the world, most notably America and China.

But what Tamir doesn't know is that Aladeen escaped being killed and wants nothing more than to gain back total control of Wadiya. Just how Aladeen and Zoey get to know each other and how Aladeen tries to win back control of his country is how the rest of the film plays out, complete with gags and jokes about anything Baron Cohen wants to tackle, including 9/11, blacks, Jews, Asians and just about anything else you can imagine.

All in all, if you liked Sacha Baron Cohen's other films, I think you will like this one. It is better than "Bruno" and while it isn't quite as good as "Borat" it's definitely funny. It managed to divert my attention on a rather stressful day and that's actually saying a lot. In addition, if you're new to Sacha Baron Cohen's sense of humor and you're not that easily offended, you should enjoy this film.
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on February 13, 2015
Wow! People get so bent over movies involving Sacha Baron Cohen! We all know that he's Julien, the king of the Lemurs in Madagascar, right? Ooops! People are going to start hating on those movies too. Worst movie ever seen, witnessed, heard of, acknowledged!!!!! Really? What vexes me the most is when imbiciles view a movie starring an actor that is risqué, demented, brash, socially-retarded, or villainously hilarious and then get all upset because they were insulted by the subject matter. Borat rings a bell. The Dictator is not The Notebook, it's not The Wizard Of Oz, and it certainly isn't anything Hitchcockian in nature. It's a Sacha (say it with me) Baron Cohen movie about a ridiculous dictator, General Haffaz Aladeen in Wadiya (a fictional country located in the Horn of Africa) who gets deposed while visiting NYC and the United Nations. It mocks leaders like Kim Jong-Il and Un and Muammar Gaddafi, Idi Amin, etc... On the run from people that want him dead, Aladeen runs into Zoey (Anna Farris) a hipy-dippy feminist organic green-grocer who seems to attract refugees like a magnet. Although Aladeen had no intention of making Wadiya democratic, he convinces Zoey that is his intention, but first he must get back into the UN before it's too late. This movie is funny on so many levels. Sure it mocks tender subjects, but they need to be mocked. Hilarious. Snappy. Chockful of subject matter that will make certain people stark raving mad. Like Borat, this movie pokes fun in all directions at once. Nothing is sacred. If you can't sit back and laugh at the scary, despicable world then you are way too uptight and a nice mindless action movie might go over nice with you instead. If you wanna laugh and you don't have a stick up your booty, enjoy another mischievous Sacha Baron Cohen movie.

Dig it!
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on June 3, 2013
For what it was, it was hilarious! A complete satire on terrorism and dictatorships. I feel this is a very underated movie and Sacha Baron Cohen has once again proved his comedic genius. This is one for the ages and will go down in history, like Dr. Strangelove. As for all the bad ratings, what can you say, true greatness is often misunderstood by the masses. Artistic Genius!
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on March 25, 2016
Digitally i could get a copy on itunes and VUDU. This studio is doing the right thing that allows me to watch the movie and not have to juggle 600 apps on where i need to watch the movie. If i own the movie i should also receive a digital copy on any provider i want similar to disney movies anywhere.
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on July 14, 2014
Hilarious film, not sure what the low star rating reviewers were expecting after Ali G and Borat. This is exactly what to expect from a Sacha Baron Cohen movie. Offensive, foul language and a bunch of laughs.
If you don't take life too seriously then definitely give this film a look, if you are offended easily then avoid this film.
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on May 17, 2014
Of the Sasha Baron Cohen movies this was my favorite! So many laugh out loud moments. It's low brow humor and don't expect any more but this one fits the bill. I am hoping Arab people take the caricature in good humor as there are more than enough hit you between the eyes at he West to keep balance. Long Live Blazing Saddles ! and The Producers !
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on June 7, 2014
THe laughs don't stop. Oh my gosh. I watched this the first day it came out on video and loved it. Although it was a little different than what I had expected. It hurts so good the laughs. Sacha baren has perfect delivery and can be a great actor when he finds the right role. I love sacha in this, I love anna , I love sacha's chemistry with Jason Mantzoukas . I can see why people would not like this film because it really is offensive in a lot of ways if you don't get the jokes or don't have a sense of humor or can't take a joke because it has a lot of racism, stereotyping etc. I loved it though. you can't take yourself too serious . if you can lay back and just enjoy the film an dlaugh it's a 5 star laugh feast. I loved it and today I watched it again and felt compelled to write a review as I always do when I feel the overall rating doesn't reflect the film in my eyes because I 95% of the time agree with the amazon ratings for movies. I 'm sorry but this movie is funny. it had me literally lol'ing multiple times. so great, good times :)
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on August 2, 2014
Sacha Baron Cohen best work by far. Although for the plot they use the old hollywood royalty "switcheroo" scenario, Baron takes on it, with all his brutal rawness, talent and gusto, will keep you laughing your ass off for most of the movie. Very relevant nowadays political topics are covered on it with such hilarious tones that there is nothing else to do but totally enjoy the ride. All the actors, including the small support extras in this movie are top notch proven comedians and they all help Baron carry the ball all they way to the goal post. I am very surprised by some of the negative reviews given by some people to this movie. All I can say about them is that some people definitely get offended very easily. For those that know Sacha Baron's comedic style and know that there is no barrier for this guy... and for those that fully understand what life's parodies are all about, you all will find this movie a total blast. Kudos for the producers. This is one of the funniest movie I've seen for a while. Better than anything from the genre coming from the hollywood established american comedians lately, except maybe for "We are the Millers" which was a nice funny picture also.
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on January 3, 2016
Outrageous and very,very funny! Not for the sensitive, politically correct 'holier than Thou' folks out there, but if You enjoy some really
funny s***, buy it. You'll laugh Your butt off! Mr. Cohen's style of humor reminds Me of the late 'Gonzo' Author , Hunter S.Thompson.
Nothing is sacred in this dvd. Nothing!
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