Ali G InDaHouse

Movie review by
Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Pre-Borat, a raunchy spoof of a hip-hop pretender.
  • R
  • 2002
  • 88 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 7 reviews

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Positive Messages

The laughs come from the bad behavior of this over-the-top character. He's abominably sexist, prone to homophobic insults, lazy, rude, bullying, and fairly dumb. Stereotypes abound in the supporting cast, especially for Asians who lose their inhibitions and behave more like sex workers.


Fantasy sequence of Ali G in a bloodless shootout with LA street gangs. A threatened shooting in reality and a slapstick fistfight.


Photos of topless women (and a man seemingly having sex with an animal). Ali G is a ladies' man who thinks and talks often about sex. Women ("bitches" "ho's") appear posing in bikini lingerie; one asks Ali to massage her breasts. Another woman strips to bra and briefs to try to seduce him. Ali has non-explicit sex with his girlfriend. Ali's little dog orally gratifies him as he sleeps. In a fantasy daydream we glimpse a long prosthetic meant to be the tip of Ali's gigantic penis. A crowd of people wrongfully think two men are having loud, gay sex; later two men are caught in a homosexual position. Ali G mocks Harry Potter's virginity and forces the bad guy to dress in drag and dance like a stripper.


The F-word, the S-word, Borat says "c--ksucker," plus slang British and patois dirty words ("babylons," for breasts).


Hip-hop fashions, music, jewelry are especially prominent.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots and LOTS of marijuana references, close-up bong smoking, and Ali G literally awash in Jamaican weed at the end.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that in this movie from the creator of Borat, sex and drug jokes are rampant and spring up in the most unlikely and unsuitable places (like making a lewd remark to the Queen of England). Though Ali G and his foul-mouthed posse are openly homophobic (tossing around the anti-gay slur "batty boy"), they also experiment with gay sex at the end (and decide they like it). The street-gang lifestyle -- at least a white-boy mimicry of it -- is made to look fun and empowering. There are lots of fantasy-figure girls in skimpy bikinis, and quick flashes of female toplessness (in still photos) and the (fake) tip of Ali's enormous penis. Fat people are the subject of repeated gags.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Written byAnonymous June 21, 2020

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, lik... Continue reading
Adult Written byfdghnms April 22, 2020
Teen, 16 years old Written byLoranikas303 October 31, 2021

I have no idea how to write a review!


Happy Halloween! :)
Teen, 13 years old Written byDisney- October 30, 2021
I have no idea how to wright a review. DRINK WATER AND STAY HYDRATED AND ALSO EAT HEALTHY FOODS!!!

What's the story?

Ali (actually "Alistair Graham") is a chap who styles himself a trendy rapper/club MC, speaks in a West Indian patois, and acts like his world is an ethnic ghetto of gangs, guns, whores, and hip-hop. No, he's not in South Central L.A., he lives in Staines, a sleepy suburb outside of London, a place more like Wallace & Gromit's 'hood. One of Ali G's passions (besides sex, marijuana, and silly turf battles with rival posses) is a small rec center, where he mentors little kids not to be Boyz-N-the-Hood casualties. When the government cuts funds to the center, Ali G stages a protest outside the Houses of Parliament. This gets him noticed by the scheming Deputy Prime Minister (Charles Dance), who decides Ali is the biggest idiot ever, and if Ali G went into politics the government would collapse from embarrassment and scandal, and the Deputy PM could take over. Elected, Ali G and his "keepin' it real" policies (only admitting immigrants who are thin, pretty women; using drug deals as classroom math lessons) prove amazingly popular instead.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the romanticizing of "hip-hop" gang life and young people who live by the codes of urban ghettoes, even though they've never set foot in one. What do young people get from pretending they live in urban war zones? And is it all that different from the granddads pretending to be gunslinger cowboys as kids? When does the rap lifestyle get harmful? What other movies use exaggerated characters to lampoon real-life trends?

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