Thursday, January 28, 2010

Ali G Indahouse

Year 2, Day 27 - 1/27/10 - Movie #392

BEFORE: As long as I'm here, I should knock off the last of the Sacha Baron Cohen characters' trilogy...or was it the first? Wasn't Ali G a rapper or a reporter or something like that? This counts, right?

THE PLOT: Ali G unwittingly becomes a pawn in the evil Chancellor's plot to overthrow the Prime Minister of Great Britain.

AFTER: Argh, another deviation from my theme. It turns out the "house" in the title refers to the House of Parliament, as idiotic wigger Ali G gets elected to represent his district of Staines. It's part of an attempt by a political party to connect with the youth vote - but it's a ridiculous plot device.

I wish they'd done a little more with it, like show the backstory about how Ali G got his HBO interview show, or have him try to be a real rapper and get exposed as a poser and incompetent beatboxer/breakdancer. Instead the movie's just a pale reflection of hip-hop culture, not a biting satire of it.

Back in film school, a movie that was pointless and self-indulgent was regularly labelled as "masturbation" - meanwhile, I was the kid in class wondering why masturbation had such a negative connotation that it would be used to denote a bad film... Anyway, the label works here, in both a literal and figurative sense, as the film is filled with dick jokes.

And come on, not ONE off-color joke on the town name "Staines"? How disappointing...

Oh well, at least it's off my list now. At least I can say that Ali G's character achieved some level of fame, or at least notoriety, in the film, by being at the center of a political scandal. I've got to get back on track, though -

RATING: 3 out of 10 gold chains

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