Sacha Baron Cohen, Kellie Bright, Martin Freeman, Charles Dance,
Michael Gambon, Tony Way
Directed by: Mark Mylod
Screenplay by: Sacha Baron Cohen and dan Mazer
Running Time: 88 mins
it was inevitable. Once Sacha Baron Cohen's comic alter ego Ali
G was rightfully awarded iconic status for injecting something new
into British comedy, it was only a matter of time before a feature
film was greenlit.
G Indahouse closely adheres to the winning formula concocted for
the recent Kevin and Perry go Large.
Enfield successfully adapted his obnoxiously adolescent TV creations
for the silver screen by throwing in a liberal dose of unashamed
toilet humour. This translated into a highly respectable box office
hit that surely convinced the makers of Ali G Indahouse that their
vehicle was also worthy of the big screen treatment.
the first 10 minutes of Ali G Indahouse follows that of Kevin and
Perry to the letter, with the main character deep in an elaborate
reverie that turns into a rudely awakened wet dream.
another similarity they share is that like Kevin and Perry, Ali
G is a character now well past his sell by date. This is never moreso
apparent than in this dire movie.
plot, such as it is involves Ali being drawn into the Machiavellian
world of British politics by unscrupulous Deputy PM David Carlton
sets up the inept and naive wannabe Gangsta rapper as Parliamentary
Candidate for Staines on the basis that he would offer 'street'
appeal to his constituency. His real aim however, is to embarrass
the Prime Minister (Michael Gambon) out of office and nab the job
The jokes are firmly of the 'groan' variety which favour base humour
over wit every time.
gets jiggy with 'Me Julie'
taboo goes unexploited, whether its bestiality, homophobia or sexism.
All fair game you might say and I'm certainly no prude but the gags
generally fall flat or just leave you shaking your head instead
of laughing it off.
has been proved with the likes of There's Something About Mary and
American Pie that politically incorrect and tasteless movies can
be genuinely hilarious, but the calibre of this screenplay is in
an utterly inferior league.
wonders what possessed Gambon and Dance to lend their award-winning
talents to this misfire. In his favour, Dance at least looks positively
humiliated throughout. Not least when dressed in drag at the finale.
funniest scene in the whole film is a brief flashback sequence to
when Ali and Julie first met. It amusingly shows a younger Ali as
a long-haired Goth slow-dancing in a disco which adds a wafer-thin
layer of substance to the character, who if we didn't already realise,
is clearly a shallow disciple of fickle fashion trends.
Cohen's as yet, only other character, Borat, also makes a cameo
along with the likes of Naomi Campbell, Richard and Judy, John Humphreys
and Jon Snow.
is mild enjoyment in seeing oft-talked about but never seen characters
like Ali's girlfriend, Me Julie (Kellie Bright) and his hapless
friends Ricky C (Martin Freeman) and Dave (Tony Way) finally brought
the overused slang, constant references to marijuana and Ali's ever-present
misguided notion that he is actually cool just seem tired and dated
if the film had been released two years ago when the character was
still fresh it might not be so noticeable.
sparsely attended screening I went to perhaps indicates that the
general viewing public have also had enough of the character as
G Indahouse is currently showing at:
Greenbridge Retail And Leisure Park
Tel. 01793 420710
Times: 12.15 2.15 4.15 6.15 7.15 8.15 9.15 10.15 11.15 (Fri/Sat)
Cinema Shaw Ridge,
Tel. 0870 155 5134
Fri/Sat 11.45 2.00 4.25 6.50 9.20; Sun-Thu 1.40 4.10 6.30 8.50
15 New Canal
Tel. 0870 505 0007
1.40 4.15 6.40 8.50