Well, actually I believe it was Broseph Stalin who said that. No, not Joseph Stalin. Broseph Stalin. Alas, Sacha Baron Cohen’s General Aladeen doesn’t even have a moustache–but he does have a pretty big beard.
While Baron Cohen is famous for his brand of satire involving real people who aren’t in on the joke, his latest film is purely fictional; any other people appearing on-screen are trained professionals. In fact, Anna Faris shines in an unexpected turn as the vegan militant feminist Zoey, who serves as the deposed dictator’s love interest. If you’ve seen the previews, you should have a basic understanding of the plot. Baron Cohen’s General Aladeen comes to New York to address the UN, but has to rebuild his life when he is rendered unrecognizable after an assassin shaves off his beard, and ends up taking a job at a vegan grocery co-op managed by Faris.
What the previews don’t show you are some over-the-top childbirth and masturbation scenes more akin to the American Pie series than the Ali G Show. (Even with her short haircut, Faris giving a tutorial on jerking off is kinda hot.) On that note, Baron Cohen also joins the likes of Jason Biggs as comedic actors to have recently exposed their genitalia on-screen. It’s kind of ironic for an anti-Semitic dictator to be circumcised, though I suppose he didn’t prepare for his closeup the way Mark Wahlberg did in Boogie Nights.
But for the most part, this movie is filled with racist, sexist, politically-incorrect humour. In short, I laughed my ass off.