Monday, June 4, 2012

The Dictator

I went to see the Dictator on Saturday night.  I haven't seen SBC's last two movies (Borat, Bruno), although I really wanted to see this one.

The following post may give stuff away.  Not so much movie plot, but jokes in the film.  Skip out now if you want to see it later.

Almost nothing was untouched.  Here is a list of people/groups they took a swipe at:

  • Kim Jong Il
    • The movie dedication "In Loving Memory", and  various sporting references.  (KJI was the world's best golfer).
  • Ahmadinejad
    • We are enriching Uranium for peaceful (guffaw) purposes
  • Apple
    • The chief nuclear scientist is smuggled to the US, where he works in an Apple store.  His main role is to clean semen from laptop keyboards
  • Saddam Hussein
    • Endless executions, body doubles
  • Gaddafi / Syria - small mentions, although interestingly
  • Dick Cheney - is mentioned in a list of dictators
  • Environmentalists / Activists
  • USA bigotry 
    • A security guard for Aladein says "jews, blacks, gays - your all just A-rabs to me"
    • On a flight over New York, Aladein and Najab trigger a security alert when they start talking about Porsche 911s in their native toungue.  "911 2012"
  • China
  • Feminism
  • Cultures which promote sexism - "oh no, the baby is a girl - where's the trash can"
  • BP - allowed do exploit Wadiyan oil, but not offshore drilling
  • USA Government Policy - a fairly sizeable monologue about wealth and press freedoms
  • Osama Bin Laden
  • Various movie actors (Edward Norton, Megan Fox, George Clooney, Ellen Degeneres, Oprah, Lindasy Lohan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, just to name a few)

They say nothing was untouchable, but off the list were any overt swipes at religion.  I also would have liked to see more jokes made about environmentalists that side with Dictatorships over Western governments.  Pretty much all the environmentalists were shown as anti-Dictators only (which, sadly is not always the case).

There were lots and lots of potty references and cringeworthy toilet jokes.  The movie was funny, although I would have preferred less toilet humour, and more intelligent jibes - especially about the environmentalists that support Dictators.

SBC has a great record of putting people in uncomfortable situations with inappropriate behaviour (Borat, Ali G).  He continues this, but with actors, I do feel that it lacks the punch from his impromptu comedy

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