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Ali G Indahouse
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by Dust For Eyes

3 stars

After television success, Ali G makes it to the big screen. Being the sort of guy he is, Ali G should love showing people how big it is.

What on earth is Ali G going about?

I donít know either, but thatís part of the appeal.

His ambushing of unsuspecting interviewees was what made his TV show such a treat. Yes, his efforts came near to - and well and truly crossed - the lines of offence. Thereís the racism and misogyny, but hey, itís irony. So that makes it OK. Well, sort of anyway.

I think what happen is that you know itís offensive, but you laugh anyway because causing offence is not the primary intention of Ali Gís work. Heís no Eminem - Indeed Eminem is one of Ali Gís targets that he savagely lampoons. In being offensive he actually is making fun of people who are really like that.

Ali G joins a long line of character interviewers. The best was probably Norman Gunston while the Kumars at 42 are doing a good job at the moment. Dame Edna Everage has shown surprising longevity in interviewing/embarrassing people in a genre that could quickly lose its appeal.

Ali G on the other hand depended much on the interviewees having absolutely no idea whom he actually was. This worked well in his segments on The 11 OíClock Show and the first series of his own show, but as interviewee began to know him and what he was about, the appeal and laughs of the show began to wane.

Which brings us to his movie, Ali G In Da House, where his greatest strength (interviewing people who havenít a clue) is nowhere to be seen. Itís a big ask to make a movie when you give up you most appealing trait and the film suffers for it.

The result is a film with a reasonable laugh factor, but it will not have you rolling in the aisles. Not that that this is a condemnation. There are still some features that make this film worthwhile.

Seeing Gambon and Dance is always a pleasure. Dance in particular is a good sport in allowing himself to be totally humiliated.

The other supporting cast are suitably funny, sexy, stupid (occasionally all at once) and the pacing is kept fast enough so any bit you may be bored at soon passes.

Whether you have met Ali G in the past or not there should be something here that appeals. Despite the film slightly overstaying its welcome, there are enough irreverent laughs to keep you from distraction.

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User Comments

6/21/14 Richard Brandt Sporadically amusing, nowhere near the bulls-eye hit he'd later score with BORAT 3 stars
11/03/07 Bush is an idiot Your are idiots for electing bush 5 stars
4/18/07 Stevo UK Sacha Baron Cohen is a twat. Not every Brit likes this bollocks. 2 stars
12/30/06 William Goss Tired story, gags. 2 stars
9/01/06 subzero big ups to da indahouse massiv 5 stars
8/03/06 Overrater Pretty stupid, but funny most of the time. Dissapointing for me and i LOVE his show 3 stars
3/25/06 chris f a disgusting film that represents scum aka chavs 1 stars
1/16/06 tatum ...and the British think WE are idiots for electing Bush?? 1 stars
12/12/05 shortay RESPECT 4 stars
11/12/05 Josh Great 5 stars
7/14/05 J this film is so dumb that its hilarious... the show is funnier though 4 stars
12/12/04 Daveman Some good low brow laughs don't redeem this films retardedness and homophobia. 2 stars
11/01/04 ACE it is a niiice....HIGH FIVE!! 4 stars
7/23/04 WeeB fuckin hilarious movie...bruno is right...come to the USA 5 stars
7/07/04 Skeletje First 15 minutes are nice but I got bored with the rest a bit. He could have done better 3 stars
6/25/04 Arse Poet You people don't like it because you're stupid, filthy yanks. 5 stars
4/02/04 kiko kicks ass 5 stars
11/27/03 jamie knott It is excllent 5 stars
11/16/03 asd asd 1 stars
10/28/03 amy it wad fucking good 5 stars
7/21/03 adrian it was cool 4 stars
5/17/03 Ghetto Smurf This is the funniest movie I have ever seen. There should be another Ali G movie 5 stars
2/15/03 123 can't dig the jokes but rhona is fucking hot 2 stars
1/24/03 Bruno Funniest movie I've ever seen, can't wait till AliG comes to the US!!! 5 stars
12/26/02 la portugaise pour ceux pui aiment les films comiques allez voir ce film, il est a mourir de rire!!!! 5 stars
11/24/02 Colin Selby Utter crap 1 stars
9/17/02 Baurzhan If you restecpa a high quality h-improvising huma, dis philm iz FUCKING WICKED, BO! 5 stars
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  02-Nov-2004 (R)
  DVD: 02-Nov-2004



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