Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Dictator

I appreciate Sacha Baron Cohen's lack of political correctness and willingness to say anything for a laugh - more to the point, I like that he keeps his movies to about 80 minutes - but there's been a steady decline from the uproarious hilarity of "Borat" to the intermittent laughs of "Bruno" to the very few chuckles in "The Dictator." You can decide for yourself whether it's funny when, after delivering a baby, his misogynistic North African despot tells the mother, "Bad news, it's a girl - where's the trash can?" Too often, I found myself nodding off. There's too much plot for such a silly picture, and you can get your exercise for the week ducking most of the bad jokes.

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