Before we head in, I need to admit that I don't particularly care for the characters that Sacha Baron Cohen portrays. I do laugh my ass of sometimes and I find him to be and excellent actor - let there be no mistake about that. But sometimes I think he takes it a bit too far into the disgusting department. Even this movie had a couple of things that I didn't really need in order to enjoy it, but it was such a great social commentary that I wanted to talk about it!
That really says it all. Basically, his uncle who was in line for the throne was then replaced by Dictator Aladeen of the country of Wadiya. Once, during a trip to the US to meet the United Nation, his uncle tries to get him killed and replaces him with a double. Aladeen survives and meets up with people he had believed to had executed and one of them helps him in getting back his place. However, he meets a young girl who changes his mind into choosing democracy after all (or at least it seems that way...)
Imagine if America was a dictatorship. You could let 1% of the people have all the nation's wealth. You could help your rich friends get richer by cutting their taxes and bailing them out when they gamble and lose. You could ignore the needs of the poor for health care and education. Your media would appear free but would secretly be controlled by one person and his family. You could wiretap phones, you could torture foreign prisoners. You could have rigged elections. You could lie about why you go to war. You could fill your prisons with one particular racial group and no one would complain! You could use the media to scare the people into supporting policies that are against their interests. I know this is hard for you Americans to imagine, but please try."
Make sure you check out this movie, it won't disappoint! But I suggest getting subtitles for it just to be on the safe side!
Until the next item on my list!