THE DICTATOR ( MA)
★ ★ ★
Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris
Director: Larry Charles
Available: Now on DVD and BD
Sacha Baron Cohen is better on a comedy leash. Given too much room he only really hits one note but when he’s forced to focus those energies, we get some much better thought- out and layered gags. He works within a more traditional narrative here, starring as a ruthless but idiotic dictator who has to fight against a dissident in his ranks who wants to bring democracy to his country and sell off the oil rights. It’s silly, often stupidly unsavoury stuff, but on the flipside, the laughs are there.
Extras: ★ ★ Deleted/ extended scenes and a short interview piece.