I was both excited and slightly nervous to see Sacha Baron-Cohen’s The Dictator, because as Borat and Bruno have proved that he can make any situation gut-bustingly hilarious, but he can very often step over the mark and go into taboo territories and offend everyone.
Of all his films to date, The Dictator is not the best. However, its far away from the worst. Baron-Cohen actually did a really good job playing the two characters. Also very good was Anna Faris, who took a break from being the “ditzy blonde” and took on a slightly more mature role. Ben Kingsley was suitably nasty in his supporting role, and the cameos by John C. Reilly, Garry Shandling and Edward Norton were pleasant surprises
This film was crude and at time offensive, but more importantly it was endearing and sweet