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Parents' Guide to

The Dictator

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

More envelope-pushing humor from Borat comedian.

Movie R 2012 83 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 18+

A vulgar comedy Not for kids

It is quite entertaining to watch but it is definitely not for minors. Original version contains explicit sex scenes female breasts and male genitals. There is a scene where a woman is being milked like a cow from her breasts by the dictator

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
age 14+

Hilarious, but not for kids?

Don’t get me wrong, this movie is absolutely hilarious, but it is filled to the brim with off color jokes. There is also a scene or two with full frontal nudity as far as I can remember. If you are planning on watching this with your kids, I would watch it on your own first and see if you personally think it’s appropriate for them or not. The humour is quite crass.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (55 ):

The DICTATOR is a guilty pleasure, full of jokes that cue both laughter and a small helping of shame. Make no mistake about it, General Aladeen is a nasty piece of work: offensive, sexist, selfish, violent (though he apparently has never killed anyone, despite what he thinks), and arrogant. But he's also incompetent and silly and, in a not-so-surprising twist, capable of having a heart.

A brazen comedy, The Dictator works for the most part because it boldly goes where many filmmakers never go for fear of lousing it up and coming across as completely bonkers and insensitive. Just don't go looking for fully realized characters or a deeper analysis of the state of global affairs, because there aren't any here. It's just satire out to shock -- and plenty of laughs.

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