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Ali G Indahouse (2002)

  Directed by: Mark Mylod
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Charles Dance, Michael Gambon
Links: Ali G Indahouse on the IMDb, Official site, Buy the Soundtrack
Genre: Comedy

This movie gets: 4.00 (1 rating)
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"Newsflash! Cult comedy hero makes mediocre film!" - a review by mino

I've been a fan of Ali G for a while. The character, a creation of British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, is most famous for his mock interviews, in which he subjects an array of minor celebrities to a barrage of questions, specifically selected for their stupidity and ability to embarrass. These interviews, at least up until he became famous enough that everyone worked out what he was doing, were uniformly hilarious: not the least because of Baron Cohen's amazingly quick wit. No matter which turn the conversation took, Ali was guaranteed to come back with a witty rejoinder. As far as improvisational interviews go, Ali G is right up there with Norman Gunston, Andrew Denton, or Julian Clary.

The big question is, then, if you take a character whose strength is his improvisational talent in an interview situation, and stick him in a movie with no interviews and little room for improv, will the humour come across?

Yes, yes. That is indeed the question. Unfortunately, the answer is 'no'.

The biggest problem with Ali G Indahouse is, sadly, the script. It's quite awful. The plot is flimsy at best, but that's not even the biggest problem: the biggest problem is the joke ratio. There are plenty of jokes in there; but unfortunately, only about four or five of them are funny — and when we're talking about a comedy, this is Not A Good Thing.

Adaptations of TV comedy series are often poor-to-mediocre at best; unfortunately, Ali G Indahouse falls smack in the middle of this scale. I can certainly think of worse ways to write off a Saturday afternoon, but I can also think of many better. The whole movie is somewhat amusing for fans of the Ali G character; others will be left puzzled as to what, exactly, they spent their twelve bucks on.

mino gives this movie 4 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 2 Sep 2002

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Reader comments

  1. asfdhg

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from asrtg on Fri 21 Jan 2005 07:22 #

  2. This movie is seriously hilarious. I've never heard of ali g until this movie. Its my favorite movie and a top favorite between my friends. we quote it like crazy! its for stoners maybe that's why normal people don't think its a great movie. what a waste.

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from mike on Tue 31 Jan 2006 06:05 #

  3. Booyakasha!

    Well I had a good laugh. A 2 hour version of the Ali G show with interviews etc would be, well, holy shit, really cool. But the movie was ok. As stupid as it was it was still a laugh. While as moronic as Scary Movie 1/2/3/4, it starangely wasn't quite as moronic as those. Must be because I'm a fan. Keepin it real.

    2 hours of Borat tho....that could be killer.

    Rating given: 8

    A comment from Matt77 on Thu 04 May 2006 21:07 #

  4. a great film! kept me laughin for ages. it mite be a bit stupid but i dont regret watchiing it for a second at mi mates house.

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from B-kid on Fri 02 Jun 2006 21:29 #

  5. Boka! this is 1 tuff film an i wotched it like 10 times on dvd!!!!!!!! definitely recommended!!!!!

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Borat on Fri 02 Jun 2006 21:30 #

  6. wat a film

    Rating given: 9

    A comment from bill on Fri 20 Oct 2006 19:41 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 9.50 (6 ratings)

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