Fans who loved previous Baron Cohen films like “Borat” and Bruno” will delighted with the latest from Cohen as he pokes fun at the Middle East, the West and dictatorship. The tagline says it all about the film that will “tell the story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.”
The seventh son of Wadiyan President-For-Life Omar Aladeen, who died in a hunting mishap when 97 stray bullets and 1 stray grenade took his life, was the only one to reach adulthood. His six older brothers all died tragic and untimely deaths as well. In addition to running the kingdom, Aladeen also has a gig as the country’s Number One Drive-time DJ and a weekly, hour-long talk show that lasts 5 hours which is screened each Wednesday and then rerun every other day of the week. And to cement his position in the public eye, the Dictator hosts, judges and competes in Wadiya’s Next Top Model competition which he has remarkably won for the last 14 years.
This is the first of Cohen’s films to have a cast of known actors and secondary characters. Though the film follows the dictator’s story, the others get a little screen time, too. Among them are Megan Fox as herself, Ben Kingsley and Anna Faris.
The film is directed by Larry Charles who directed “Borat” and “Bruno” and will be distributed by Paramount Pictures. The irreverent comedy opens May 16.Southern Illinois residents will be able to see “The Dictator” at AMC ShowplaceCarbondale 8 . In the meantime, enjoy the trailer on the left.
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