The Dictator

(R) ★★★☆☆

For most of its quick and extremely dirty running time, the new Sacha Baron Cohen offender The Dictator wages war with itself, crude nonsense up against crude nonsense that’s really funny. When a double for fictional North African dictator General Admiral Haffaz Aladeen (Cohen) is assassinated, the leader’s advisor (Ben Kingsley) hatches a scheme involving a new double, a visit to America and an unlikely romance with a vegan/feminist (Anna Faris).

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By Michael Phillips, Tribune Media Services

For most of its quick and extremely dirty running time, the new Sacha Baron Cohen offender The Dictator wages war with itself, crude nonsense up against crude nonsense that’s really funny. Then comes the golden ticket, the speech of speeches, the scene in which the fictional North African dictator General Admiral Haffaz Aladeen addresses a gathering in New York City, recanting his barbarous ways with a heartfelt confessional.

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