updated 05/15/2012 AT 1:40 PM ET
•originally published 05/16/2012 AT 1:45 PM ET
There’s nothing like low expectations to take a movie from, “Oh, this is going to be bad,” to, “Whoa! That was not bad!”
Without the everyday people for Sacha Baron Cohen to interact with in his new movie The Dictator – plus that lackluster preview – I was fully prepared to write a review about why Cohen had been better as his previous alter-egos Borat and Brüno.
Boy, was I wrong.
There is still something missing without the unintentionally funny folks who interact with Cohen in character as part of a ruse – a staple of his earlier films. But Cohen’s Dictator, full name: General Admiral Haffaz Aladeen, exists on the big screen only, surrounded by other (very funny) actors.