Wannabe gangsta Ali G is recruited to run for Parliament as part of
a scheme, but his popularity lands him an actual cabinet position.
Ali G Indahouse (2002)
Directed by Mark Mylod
Written by Sacha Baron Cohen and Dan Mazer
Starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Charles Dance, Michael Gambon, Kellie Bright, Rhona Mitra, Martin Freeman, Tony Way
Spin-Off of the 2000-2004 TV series Da Ali G Show
Ali G was always my favorite of Sacha Baron Cohen's three original ridiculous characters. He was a wannabe gangsta who dressed and acted black, but was a white English idiot. His movie is just as stupid and offensive as he is, but it sports a hell of a supporting cast and some hilarious scenes. Granted, it's intentionally outrageous for the sake of shock value, like when Ali G wakes up to his dog licking his manly parts and decides to just let him finish. That's near the beginning of the movie too. If you're not prepared for that kind of shock value, this probably isn't your kind of movie.
Ali G (Cohen) wants to save his local community center, but the only way to do that is to agree to run for Parliament as a representative of his town. It's all part of Deputy PM David Carlton's (Dance) evil plan to bring an idiot into the PM's (Gambon) inner circle, so he'll look stupid and be forced to resign. But Ali G connects so well with the public that he makes the PM's points soar, and Ali G becomes a cabinet minister. It's a dumb, funny ride from beginning to end, and you should watch it just to see Martin Freeman speak in a reggae voice. It was 2002, what are you gonna do?
The fact that Cohen got respected actors like Charles Dance and Michael Gambon to be in this movie is reason enough to watch it. It's not a mockumentary like Borat, but it is funny enough to keep your interest. It reminded me a lot of Orgazmo, of all things. Understand what you're in for, and the ride will be a lot smoother.