Every satirist needs a full quiver of arrows in their war on idiocy, and Sacha Baron Cohen’s sidesplitting post-“Borat” film “The Dictator” only serves to further cement Cohen as our foremost lampooner of the willfully dumb.
Deploying his trademark mix of keen insight and bombastic vulgarity, Cohen brings to life Admiral General Aladeen, ruthless ruler of North African oil state Wadiya. When he’s not enriching uranium in pursuit of nukes, he wins competitive sprints by shooting competitors and race officials. Yet once he’s abducted by America’s lunatic security chief (an inspired John C. Reilly), our dictator gets stripped of his power, money, and beard. In a mellifluous twist, Aladeen turns to altruistic feminist Zoey (Anna Farris) and scorned scientist Nadal (Jason Mantzoukas) to stop his traitorous ex-lieutenant (Ben Kingsley) from turning Wadiya into a democracy.
Throughout, Cohen’s outrageous humor leverages sexism and racism to lambaste the ignorance of both, and all while Aladeen evolves into another elite character sketch within Cohen’s growing Pantheon. Provided you’re not reflexively pouty when presented with the paradoxes of satire, you’ll likely recognize “The Dictator” as the masterful comedy movie it is. - (Was this of use? If so, let me know by clicking "Helpful." Cheers!)