Watched May 16, 2012
Luke Parry’s review:
The Dictator tries to be funny, it tries to be shocking, and it tries to have some assemblance of a plot. However it never attains any of the above. Just to be clear: this is no Borat. Borat struggled to create a narrative, but its comedy, and shock factor were its biggest attributes, and the film worked really well. The Dictator tries to take everything that made Borat so popular and cram it into a scripted film. It doesn't work. It's not shocking. The narrative is unoriginal and lacklustre, and although there are a few funny moments dotted throughout the film, there are nowhere near enough to keep it entertaining. The film is also aimed very much for the American audience and does not transition well over the pond to the UK. If you want Sacha Baron Cohen playing a foreign man in America, pick up Borat on DVD. It'll save you some money, and you'll actually be entertained.