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A Closer Look at the Trailer for The Dictator

After seeing this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXLuExO6j8Q

...you may find yourself wondering, "What the hell happened to Sacha Baron Cohen? The guy who eviscerated middle America with Borat was finally going to do a comedy with some edge!" No more poop in a bag at a Midwestern dinner party, no sir. Dude was going after the dangerous sort of crazy exhibited by a genuine megalomaniac - the sort of Middle East dictator who might have tortured Cohen to death for his insolence - if he were still alive.

The opening setup is just fine - Serious Obama...

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...followed by Serious Clinton...

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...followed by serious Cameron...

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...followed by...Adam Sandler, singing in a fake beard?

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Oh, right, that's Cohen. But I'm sure you can forgive the confusion - the humor is right up Sandler's "so-easy-it-hurts-except-it's-so-bland-it-doesn't" alley. This is cream of wheat comedy, when what we should be getting is barbed wire and broken glass. What about cutting to a shot of our Dictator pulling out some guy's tooth with a pair of pliers and then ordering his lackey to put it under his pillow for the Tooth Fairy? Maybe followed by a warning that the Tooth Fairy had better not put the wrong flavors of Jelly Bellys in its place, because remember what happened to the last Tooth Fairy? Followed by a shot of a guy in a Tooth Fairy costume, strapped to a bedframe and being gnawed by wild dogs? Followed by a shot of Cohen crying over his Jelly Bellys - "Chili Mango? I hate Chili Mango!" You know, something that gets at the insanity.

Enough. Back to the trailer. Here is a woman smashing bricks with her breast. Because Middle Eastern women have big, strong boobs?

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Here is Cohen post-coital with Megan Fox. How this is not accompanied by a joke in which Cohen compares her performance with that of his favorite goat is beyond me. Her expression would make so much sense!

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Alas.

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After seeing this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXLuExO6j8Q

...you may find yourself wondering, "What the hell happened to Sacha Baron Cohen? The guy who eviscerated middle America with Borat was finally going to do a comedy with some edge!" No more poop in a bag at a Midwestern dinner party, no sir. Dude was going after the dangerous sort of crazy exhibited by a genuine megalomaniac - the sort of Middle East dictator who might have tortured Cohen to death for his insolence - if he were still alive.

The opening setup is just fine - Serious Obama...

Image

...followed by Serious Clinton...

Image

...followed by serious Cameron...

Image

...followed by...Adam Sandler, singing in a fake beard?

Image

Oh, right, that's Cohen. But I'm sure you can forgive the confusion - the humor is right up Sandler's "so-easy-it-hurts-except-it's-so-bland-it-doesn't" alley. This is cream of wheat comedy, when what we should be getting is barbed wire and broken glass. What about cutting to a shot of our Dictator pulling out some guy's tooth with a pair of pliers and then ordering his lackey to put it under his pillow for the Tooth Fairy? Maybe followed by a warning that the Tooth Fairy had better not put the wrong flavors of Jelly Bellys in its place, because remember what happened to the last Tooth Fairy? Followed by a shot of a guy in a Tooth Fairy costume, strapped to a bedframe and being gnawed by wild dogs? Followed by a shot of Cohen crying over his Jelly Bellys - "Chili Mango? I hate Chili Mango!" You know, something that gets at the insanity.

Enough. Back to the trailer. Here is a woman smashing bricks with her breast. Because Middle Eastern women have big, strong boobs?

Image

Here is Cohen post-coital with Megan Fox. How this is not accompanied by a joke in which Cohen compares her performance with that of his favorite goat is beyond me. Her expression would make so much sense!

Image

Alas.

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