Publication: The Stranger
Date published:
Language: English
PMID: 59135
Journal code: STRR


Ostensibly based on a novel written by Saddam Hussein, The Dictator tells the story of Admiral General Haffaz Aladeen (Sacha Baron Cohen), the dictator of a Middle Eastern nation called Wadiya. After an assassination attempt, Aladeen must go into hiding as a worker at a Brooklyn naturalfoods co-op. Hilarity is supposed to ensue. But the humor in The Dictator unimaginatively focuses on the foreignness of Middle Eastern culture, fratty gags about how gross female body hair is, and bodily fluid jokes "amped" to the next "level." The necessary moral compass is missing. What a disappointing, lazy movie. (PAUL CONSTANT)

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