Ali G Indahouse

Ali G indahouse

Mark Mylod (2002)

83min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
While by no means an important piece of film-making, this is still so much better than it ought to have been. As forged on TV by Sacha Baron Cohen (who co-writes here), Ali G - the white kid from Staines who behaves like a black rapper from South Central - is essentially a one-joke creation (albeit a good joke). In his first feature-length outing, that joke is stretched to breaking point, but if you laughed the first time, you'll laugh again. This is largely thanks to the ludicrous plot (Ali becomes an MP, exposes sleaze and saves the planet), a sparkling turn from co-star Martin Freeman as Ali's sidekick and some arch postmodern touches such as Ali speaking to camera (even over the British Board of Film Classification title card). The gross-out moments and sexual content seem cynically designed for the US market and this is unlikely to make new converts to the cult of Ali G, but at least, with a running time of under 90 minutes, it knows when to quit.

Summary

Scheming politicians try to manipulate the unwitting Ali G into bringing about the downfall of the prime minister - but fail to appreciate that his streetwise attitude could give the government much-needed street cred. Comedy, starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Michael Gambon, Charles Dance, Kellie Bright, Martin Freeman and Rhona Mitra.

Cast & Crew

Ali G / Borat Sacha Baron Cohen
Prime Minister Michael Gambon
David Carlton Charles Dance
Julie Kellie Bright
Ricky C Martin Freeman
Kate Hedges Rhona Mitra
Nan Barbara New
Ricco Emilio Rivera
Naomi Campbell Naomi Campbell
Director Mark Mylod
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Swearing, Sex scenes, nudity and drug abuse.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 22 Mar 2002
Comedy