The Dictator

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest film, “The Dictator,” resembles his previous work in “Ali G Indahouse” more closely than it does “Borat” or “Brüno.” It follows the journey of an absurdly wealthy Middle Eastern dictator as he tries to fit in with American life.

It’s not particularly clever or sharp, and it is a bit of a let-down compared to much of Cohen’s previous work.

Still, his clear disdain for all the bizarrely insane dictators around the world shines through and can make for some biting humor. There’s also no shortage of jokes poking fun at American ignorance and bigotry.

A crowning example is a long speech his character gives at the end of the film, ripping apart American domestic and foreign policy. While it left the crowd at the theater silent, it had me in fits.

Ultimately, while it has its moments, “The Dictator” finds itself bogged down too often in scattershot jokes and missed opportunities to be anything truly notable.