Parents' Guide to

Ali G InDaHouse

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Pre-Borat, a raunchy spoof of a hip-hop pretender.

Movie R 2002 88 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

Ali G IndaCage

Way too scripted, actually entirely scripted. The problem is Ali G isn't the kind of character to be scripted. He works best in more ad hoc situations, like interviews on talk show television. The movie has a few "smart" jabs here and there, but for the most part is a tiresome lowbrow hyper-immature comedy. Would have been a million times better if it was actually about him infiltrating or messing with actual real politicians-rather than the absurdly stupid fictional plot he is forced into here.
age 18+

Alot of swearing and sexual references.

It has alot of swearing,every swear you can thing of.Alot of sex is included.referrences,peniss are shown and people having sex.Not for kids.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (6 ):

If you enjoy the Ali G character, you should get good laughs out of the film. Comic actor Sacha Baron Cohen created the character of Ali G on TV and took him to the movies in ALI G INDAHOUSE, a theatrical feature that saw little release in the U.S., despite Ali G's cult following on cable and his takeoff on American rap/hip-hop culture. It's now on DVD, as are episodes of Cohen's Da Ali G Show, which had a "prank" talk format -- unsuspecting interviewees confronted with Ali (and sometimes Cohen's alternate character Borat) and aghast at his inane/offensive questions. None of that is in this movie, a more standard triumph-of-the-nitwit farce.

You know the drill: an uninhibited, overgrown kid prevails over stuffy authority-figure villains from higher social classes. Cohen's comic timing is razor-sharp and nothing's to be taken seriously. The dumb-guy gags make it so parents can interpret the satire as anti-hip-hop or pro-hip-hop (kids will lean to the latter). But Ali G does work best in half-hour doses. Furthermore, obscene language, toilet humor and sex/drug fantasies are full-on here, not just inferred as they were on the talk show.

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