Commentary

June 1, 2012

In Theaters

Fly Over: ‘The Dictator’

by Melanie Holochwost

He’s back, fake beard and all. This time, Sacha Baron Cohen plays General Admiral Haffaz Aladeen, supreme leader of the African, oil-rich, fictional country of Wadiya.

As Aladeen, Cohen insults as many cultures, religions, countries and species as possible in 83 minutes.

So, if you are easily offended, skip this one. However, for those of you who never get what you want, this movie can act as self-help.

Have your heart set on Olympic gold? Easy, shoot all of your competitors. Need sex? Everyone has a price, including Megan Fox, Oprah and Arnold Schwarzenegger. How about simply getting your way? When someone disagrees with you, just make Aladeen’s “head chop” signature move to your guards.

Hated by most of the world, Aladeen visits New York City to address some of the United Nation’s concerns about his questionable practices regarding nuclear weapons.

The next thing you know he’s parading down a New York City street on a camel saying things like, “Ahhh … America, the birthplace of AIDS.”

After his grand entrance, Aladeen arrives at his hotel where he meets Clayton (John C. Reilly), head of security, who is hired to kill him. However, the assassination doesn’t go as planned.

After some chaos, Aladeen flees the scene unharmed, but beardless and practically naked. In this condition, nobody recognizes him as the supreme leader of Wadiya and his body double (also played by Cohen) fills in for him.

Soon afterward, Aladeen meets Zoey (Anna Farris), a hairy Jewish feminist, who befriends Aladeen and offers him a job at her organic store. Reluctant to accept, Aladeen is informed by Nadal (Jason Mantzoukas), that Zoey is catering the UN event, where he desperately needs to be.

So, Aladeen accepts the job with the hopes of gaining access to his hotel and saving his country from democracy.

He has no idea that this small decision would lead to him falling in love and becoming a seemingly nice person.

After Aladeen recovers his identity, he zip lines into his hotel room, switches places with his body double, and addresses the UN.

His very persuasive speech suggests dictatorship is the best form of government since it doesn’t allow for women drivers.

Also, dictators can wiretap citizens without them knowing, start wars without reason, bail their wealthy friends out of financial problems, keep the poor people poor, help the rich get richer and so on.

Like “Borat,” this must-see, over-the-top, extremely crude comedy will most likely be banned in most middle-eastern countries. Cohen completely out-does himself in “The Dictator.”

The film is rated R for strong crude and sexual content, brief male nudity, language and some violent images.



About the Author

Meredith Mingledorff
Meredith Mingledorff
Meredith Mingledorff is an Air Reserve Technician with the 944th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., and has 13 years of service. She has a degree in Public Affairs and is working toward a second degree in Public Relations and Marketing. In her spare time, Mingledorff enjoys working out and healthy relaxation. She enjoys traveling and feels life's journey is a continual learning lesson. Personal and professional growth is a never ending mission for the NCO, who admits she loves the Air Force and all its possibilities.


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