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.