Rafael Jovine’s review published on Letterboxd:
After taking the world by storm, Sasha Baron Cohen's most popular character (though there's a good place in my heart for Ali G) is back and he's in to take America by storm.
Right of the get go, I'll have to say I understand all the parties, both who adore this movie, those who hate it and those who, like me, feel in between. Personally, I was ready to give this a solid 4 when the movie started, I was constantly laughing or had a grin draw in my face. To be honest, I genuinely thought this was going to be overly offensive and shockling and, you know, the whole basis of the movie is anchored in regards to the treatment of women; but then again, I can see people seriously not liking it. Also some of the wow and big scenes like the Rudy sequence was entirely dissapointing (more on that later), though the Mike Pence was nice but cut out short. The one I was much nervous was the pastor scene, but once you know the context, it was actually very funny.
My biggest problem with the film is that I feel you really have to suspend your disbelief to maybe not see any of it was staged. The disguises were clearly fake (a main reason why I didn't buy the whole Rudy thing, for example - though then again I heard that was true) and like the Brian scene and the guy with the fax plus the black lady, the dance scene. Again, it was pretty funny, but I wasn't able to actually believe most of it was unscripted. Maybe its my hope in humanity or something.
All in all, despite not being as strong and certainly not as memorable as even Bruno, there's some good laughs to be had and a touching story with a better message of female empowerment than Captain Marvel and the 2019's versions of Black Christmas and Charlie's Angels.
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