The Dictator is an American comedy film that was directed by Larry Charles in 2012. The main actor is Sacha Baron Cohen, who plays the dictator, Aladeen, and in the fabricated country of Wadiya. Cohen also plays the American character, Allison Burgers who falls in love with Anna Faris, who plays Zoey, the vegan activist. Ben Kinsley plays the role of Aladeen's unscrupulous uncle,Tamir. The plot is not only predictable but highly intrusive on personal rights. The Dictator, while being an incredibly hilarious film, is highly racist, and uses discrimination amongst other things to derive laughter from the audience.
This movie is very hysterical when one is watching it alone, but sitting in a room full of diverse students, it wasn't fully effective as before, especially when they laugh at a racist joke. The use of provocative scenes shows the director's desperation for the audience's attention. The complete lack of respect towards women represent the Arabic culture, where women still treated as sexual objects. For instance, in the opening scene, right after his birth, Aladeen's mother was killed, thus showing the truth in the Arabic culture that is prominent to this day. If the movie wasn't clouded with Cohen's idiocracy, the movie would have been a mass offense to women. When "Allison Burgers" helped a couple give birth to a newborn, he was quick to try and dispose of the baby when discovering it was a female. the movie subtly hints to the Arabic culture's leniency towards female baby abortion.
The most hysterical moment in this movie is when Aladeen and his friend Jason Mantzoukas, who plays Nadal board a helicopter to view the Lancaster hotel and they begin to reminisce on the flight of 911. There was also an American couple in the helicopter who seemed jovial. The motion of the camera in this scene impacted the whole situation. For instance when Aladeen and his friend began to talk they spoke in both english and their native language. The camera zoomed in on the words in english which were "911," "twin tower," and then they began to mention other sites that were not attacked by terrorist. This scene represents what people think when they hear Arabs speaking their native language but when they began to utter the pst event, they were bound to be imprisoned.
The conclusion of the movie opens the eyes of the American people when Aladeen begins to describe what he believes are the benefits of a dictatorship. This description describes exactly the democratic system in America. It is evident in today's society, where there is wide range of black non-hispanics in the America's prisons based on the bureau of statistic in the U.S Department of Department. Although this movie was entertaining many ways, it was also dirscriminative and rude. It brought up important issues in today's society that awakened people.