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Rated R · 83 minutes · 2012

Now that Sacha Baron Cohen is too famous to get away with the hit-and-run pranks of Borat or Da Ali G Show, he's just another superstar comedian playing to the cheap seats. His grotesque ethnic this time around is Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen, a vain North African strongman reminiscent of Saddam and Gaddafi, and for every clever gag (a video game that gives points for beheading Westerners) there are three stupid gross-outs (drinking urine, milking a woman's breasts, licking a lover's armpits). Cohen probably thinks he's Charlie Chaplin lampooning Hitler, but of course Hitler was still on top of the world when The Great Dictator came out in 1940; Cohen is actually Chaplin's antithesis, a first-world bully content to target the Other. Larry Charles (Borat, Bruno) directed; with Ben Kingsley, Anna Faris, and John C. Reilly.
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Director: Larry Charles
Producer: Sacha Baron Cohen, Alec Berg, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer, Anthony Hines, Scott Rudin, Todd Schulman, Peter Baynham, Mari Jo Winkler-Ioffreda, Dan Mazer and Adam McKay
Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, Jason Mantzoukas, Kevin Corrigan, Megan Fox, Fred Armisen, Sayed Badreya, Aasif Mandvi, Chris Parnell, Bobby Lee, Mitchell Green, Anna Katarina and Jessica St. Clair

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