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Ali G In Da House

ONE can only describe the British comedy Ali G In Da House as Mr G himself might do - it's wicked.

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ONE can only describe the British comedy Ali G In Da House as Mr G himself might do - it's wicked.

Wicked, that is, that anyone could expect customers to fork out the price of a cinema ticket to watch what is essentially a load of old cobblers.

On Channel 4's 11 O'Clock Show, the Ali G character created by Sacha Baron Cohen had a certain purpose, interviewing real characters in the image of a street-wise British black man.

The G character developed a number of catchphrases, and, being totally non-PC, was pretty funny when confronting politically aware personalities.

But now worked as a fictional character he is depressing to observe.

The catchphrases are still there as are the single innuendo gags.

One can put it simply that G is meant to be fairly proficient in the trouser department - at one stage we have an alarming look at his " manhood" - and he is always wanting to have sex.

So far, so unfunny. And it remains that way throughout.

Fans of this non-PC character might just enjoy this tale of how he gets into Parliament and becomes an MP - but even they might feel daunted at the sheer childishness of it all.

Little of it makes sense and if it's meant to be satire then it should have an element of truth. This plot, scripted by Cohen and Dan Mazer, is just kids' stuff.

As a sidekick he has Martin Freeman, a cheeky-faced performer probably best-known for numerous appearances on those nostalgia shows about the Top Ten this or the best of 1995 or whatever.

Sadly, Michael Gambon also agreed to appear in the film as a prime minister and Charles Dance almost makes you want to cry as he flushes his career down the toilet by appearing in a tight mini skirt and wiggling his bottom.

A few real people make cameo appearances - including John Humphrys! - while Richard Madley suggests - in a sequence about animal sex - that he has slept with a pig and then gives an alarmed look to his wife Judy.

It's absolutely dreadful nonsense. Okay, I did laugh two or three times but mostly for the sheer banality of it.


David Holmes
Chief News Reporter
David Norbury
Mike Fuller
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