A lot of the complaints surrounding Sacha Baron Cohen‘s upcoming comedy, “The Dictator,” or at least those gripes that exist so far, center around the fact that the film looks somewhat like a “Borat” rehash, in just a similar, but sorta different milieu. While to this writer it feels like a cute spin on the ideas presented in the Richard Dreyfuss comedy “Moon Over Parador” (1988, Paul Mazursky directing) only in reverse, I’ll admit, the trailers had me at Cohen’s Admiral General Aladeen (aka Supreme Leader Shabazz Aladeen) character shooting his opponents in the 60 meter dash.
We digress. A new French trailer has arrived and while it shows off a lot of footage we’ve seen before, it also reveals an important plot twist in the film, so watch it at your own risk (consider that your spoiler alert). The best part of it though? A brilliantly hilarious cover of R.E.M.‘s “Everybody Hurts,” presumably done by musicians from the Republic of Wadiya (the fake country in the film that Cohen’s dictator presides over).
Directed by Larry Charles (“Borat”) and co-starring Ben Kingsley, John C. Reilly, Anna Faris, Megan Fox, B.J. Novak, Kevin Corrigan and Aasif Mandvi, the heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed hits theaters on May 11. We hope the corrupt Zionist Western media gives this one a chance.