When the UN clamps down on his country's nuclear weapons programme, General Aladeen (Cohen), pampered ruler of Wadiya in north Africa, travels to New York to deliver a stinging rebuke to the West. But after an assassination attempt goes wrong, he finds himself alone in a strange country, with only a health food-shop manager (Faris) for support.
Formulaic, yet scrappy, and extremely funny in fits and starts, General Aladeen is the first of Cohen comic creations to get a better vehicle than it probably deserves.
Reviewed by Damon Wise
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