Sacha Baron Cohen for me lives on the fringes of comedy – some elements are pure genius and others are crass and insulting. The Dictator was mostly a parody of various dictators from around the world but did cross over into bad taste several times. The comedy is pretty solid and it’s fairly true to its genre (“fish out of water”), though the bad taste elements take the edge off what could have been a better film overall.
The heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen
, Anna Faris
, Ben Kingsley
, Jason Mantzoukas
, John C. Reilly
, Bobby Lee, Sayed Badreya, Adeel Akhtar, Aasif Mandvi, Megan Fox
, Edward Norton
, Michelle Bergh, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Kathryn Hahn, Rizwan Manji, Alex Kruz, Seth Morris, Fred Armisen, Susan Sykes, Chris Elliott
, Garry Shandling, Chris Parnell, Horatio Sanz, Fred Melamed, Joey Slotnick, Jessica St. Clair, Anna Katarina, Kevin Corrigan, Mitchell Greene, Jenny L. Saldaña