Watched May 19, 2012
Mr. DuLac’s review:
Now who is the Lasist?
It's offensive, obscene, disgusting, vulgar and above all quite funny. Is it really that offensive? Well that depends on the person. It takes an Archie Bunker approach to the comedy. In other words it's not the racism that is funny, but the ignorance of the racist. Over 30 years later some people still find All in the Family offensive and not funny, so it's safe to say some people will think the same of this movie. I by no means think that The Dictator is making the same level of social commentary that All in the Family was, but the way the humor is approached is the same... in a broad way... if you're looking at it from afar... really quick.
The film is actually quite funny, but it just never goes past "quite funny". Some gags work, some others only so-so, but none of them really bomb or go into hilarious territory either. The film is worth watching for the simple fact that Sir Ben Kingsley has a couple of scenes with Bobby Lee where they discuss paying for oral sex from male Hollywood stars. It's either funny or tragic for Kingsley's career and should be witnessed either way.
While it's not a spectacular film, I think Sacha Baron Cohen should move away from these types of films now and end it on a somewhat high note. I feel this is as far as he can go with these characters and still be funny. It's time to move on before we no longer find them funny.