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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Sacha Baron Cohen
Anna Faris
Ben Kinglsey
Directors
Larry Charles
Screenwriters
Running Time
83 minutes

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Below Borat, beats Bruno


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Plot
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.


Verdict
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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