I would rather watch the silliest comedy imaginable than the self-congratulatory pabulum that serves to make bland middle class audiences feel thoughtful and worldly. There is a caveat: these comedies only work for me when the fun is fervid and inclusive. Baron Cohen loves the heterogeneous 'us,' though we are pitiless barbarians, deserving of mockery, and he is at least a little funny every second he is on screen.
Adds to the laundry list of miserably unfunny, lazily written raunchy comedies that ostensibly abide by the principles of Adam Sandler's methods of comedy filmmaking. Sacha Baron Cohen feels like a has-been rockstar struggling to remain relevant in an era where his schtick has been phased out by YouTube and internet shows and the end result is painful and frequently cringeworthy.
Sure, as a whole it's kind of garbage, but I do admit some of the stuff had me hooting and wheezing. Those who have seen the film probably know which parts. Plus I honestly think we simply need more stuff that goes over the top and far away.
Seems like Sacha Baron (and other writers) ran out of ideas and just tried to make this film funny by having gross scenes that are meant to be hilarious - they were't. It made me giggle at times so still enjoyed it, otherwise very banal story and jokes.