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AliG In Da House
It's well accepted that for a few months in
the early part of the 00's, Ali G was the funniest character on British
TV. Sacha Baron Cohen's creation of a helplessly self-obsessed
'wigger', masquerading as a clueless youth TV interviewer, provided
almost unlimited opportunities for his subjects to unwittingly expose
their own shortcomings, by desperately trying to use his perceived
appeal as a springboard to make themselves more acceptable to the youth
audience. In each and every case they failed - hilariously.
But now the joke's over. Like Dennis Pennis before him, his notoriety
spread far and wide and celebrities aren't likely to set themselves up
to be ridiculed anymore. Or are they? Especially now as they're in on
the joke.... Maybe now, Ali CAN finally help them appeal to the youth
For sure, the celebrities who appear in 'Ali G In Da House'
seem to be having the time of their lives. From 'blink and you miss
them cameos' (such as Richard and Judy!) to full blown leading roles
(Charles Dance, Michael Gambon), the great and good of the British
entertainment industry seem only too pleased to be associated with Ali
G. And with a good reason too because, beyond the expectations of all
but the most committed members of the West Staines Massive, Cohen has
managed to make a pretty damn funny film.
It's best not to get too tied down with the plot elements -
Gambon is the under-fire PM, desperate for opinion poll points, Dance
is the deputy PM, who suggests recruiting Ali, ostensibly to attract
the youth vote, whilst hoping for him to fail, so he can take over at
Number 10. Predictably, Ali doesn't fail and the PM gets his required
popularity boost so Dance then tries more underhand tactics to get his
And predictability is probably the films strongest asset. Upon visiting
a building site, when asked to 'lay a brick in front of the cameras',
there isn't a single person in the audience who doesn't know what Ali
is about to do, but it doesn't matter. Neither do the childlike double
entendres that are liberally littered throughout the script, lending it
an air of a twenty first century 'Carry On' film.
Cohen is obviously a very talented comedy writer and performer and his
(co-written) script actually does move the Ali G character on further
from his TV roots but you are left wondering where else is there for
him to go? It does say something that some of the funniest moments in
the film occur when the action freezes and Ali slides in, in another
frame to address the audience with regards to the scene we are
currently watching, before sliding out again and the action continuing.
These moments do reinforce the fact that Ali works better as a
commentator than a character. We can only hope Cohen realises this too
before we are subjected to 'Ali G Back In D House Part 5'....
But to criticise too much seems churlish. The film makers here set
their sights admirably low and hit each target with ease.
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