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The Dictator

Theatrical Release Date: May 11, 2012 / Expected Rating: R / Studio: Paramount

Director: Larry Charles / Writers: Sacha Baron Cohen, Alec Berg, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer

Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen (General Aladeen), John C. Reilly, Ben Kingsley, Anna Faris, Megan Fox (Herself), B.J. Novak, Aasif Mandvi, Bobby Lee, J.B. Smoove, Jim Piddock

Plot: In a very loose adaptation of an anonymous novel attributed to Saddam Hussein, a Middle East dictator (Cohen) risks his life to protect his oppressed country from democracy.

Domestic Box Office Prediction: $40 million

In "Da Ali G Show", Sacha Baron Cohen made one of the funniest television series ever. His attempts to bring its three characters to the big screen, however, have each disappointed me. This appears to be in the same vein and is almost certain to bomb at the box office. Thus far, Cohen has don better with comic relief supporting roles in the works of major filmmakers (Hugo, Sweeney Todd), which makes Django Unchained his better bet for 2012.

Outlook: Bleak

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