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Director: Larry Charles
Release Date: May 16, 2012
Showtimes: See showtimes
Synopsis: The heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.
Why We're Excited: By now, we anticipate things like a fake beard, a Kardashian joke and the spilling of Kim Jong-il's ashes on Ryan Seacrest at the Oscars from Sacha Baron Cohen, so the first trailer and initial publicity stunts didn't really prime our interest for his Brüno follow-up. It was the second trailer, which revealed Anna Faris's role in the movie and the interplay between her character and Cohen's General Aladeen that got us excited for what appears to be a measure of actual scripted comedy folded into Cohen's signature blend of semi-staged/semi-improvisational hijinks. The R-rated comedy trend has produced a few winners of the past several years, but they typically have little to say beyond their creative profanities. When Sacha Baron Cohen taps directly into the absurdity of American culture and politics, he's already proven to be on the best writers and most daring comedians able to work and succeed in Hollywood.
Why We're Not: By the time Brüno hit theaters, we realized that every single scene had been glimpsed in the trailers, commercials, and clips that preceded the movie's release. Sure, we can chalk up that fashion faux pas to the studio mishandling the marketing, but the sophomore slump jinxed Sacha Baron Cohen nevertheless. Meanwhile, Paramount shifted General Aladeen's debut by a week, citing competition in the form of Dark Shadows as the key reason for the move. Wouldn't a Supreme Leader refuse to back down to centuries-old vampire?
Trivia: Finchley's Dream was a fake working title for the project.