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I am a big fan of sacha baron cohen, I love his films and he's an excellent actor. In this film he plays Ali G who is your typical chav. Hailing from the East side of Staines, he and his crew are all innit togeva 2 go n save da staines youf club. A translation for that txt spk is not currently available.
The acting from Sacha was absolutely fantastic but some of lower, less important roles had cringeworthy acting moments. When Ali is in his car, his friend just sounds off, too much emphasis on his emotions and pretending to be thick. He really doesn't fit in to the role well.
The script is absolute rock solid, it works well and the language used and interpreted by Sacha is near perfect for the character of Ali G. There isn't too much mick taking and inaccuracy but equally there i plenty of slang, dumbs sounding lines and jokes.
The jokes are as frequent as a sitcom programme, with references to sex, drugs, and Speed Garage anthems. Breaking in to the safe was probably the funniest scene. The jokes are a bit low brow but very funny nonetheless. I found some of the lighter jokes about women a little off colour, some where a little offensive if anything but if you understand chavs and their culture then you should get most of the jokes.
The special effects were a little patchy when the chavs join together to create an electrical current but other than that effects weren't used, and the ones where they blow the safe open they really did use material and explosives. It certainly looks that way and given how bad the electrical current effects were, I doubt this was faked.
I think the storyline was a bit over done and over the top for a bunch of small time chavs, and is far fetched really. There is no way Ali G or someone like him would become an MP in real life and then be able to save a youth centre and change the entire British Parliament to become part of Ali's culture. The fact that MP's are using the phrases "keep it real" and using respect signs just put me off this film a bit.
The soundtrack was absolutely brilliant with "Speed Garage anthems" (to quote one of the in film jokes) and Backyard Dog - Baddest Ruffest which was an excellent song then and now. The music soundtrack can be bought separately on CD.
Overall a great film, very funny and controversial film as is the way with Sacha baron cohen, doing something different. I highly recommend this to anyone who isn't afraid of some low brow and controversial humour.
Ali G Indahouse was released in 2002, directed by Mark Mylod. It has a runtime of approximately 85 minutes and is available on Amazon.co.uk for around £4.
While trying to stop his local community centre being shut down, Ali G is spotted by the Chancellor who has ambitions to become Prime Minister. Unwittingly Ali G becomes a key part of the Chancellors plan to get into number 10.
Ali G is definitely a movie which you will either love or hate, although despite saying that, I only really like it rather than love it. The DVD cover gives you a pretty clear impression of what the film may be like even if you haven't seen the Ali G Show.
Ali G is a wannabe gangster, competing with other wannabes in the surrounding area. There are a few funny face-offs throughout the movie with the "gangs" in the pimped out cars and colour co-ordinated clothes.
The movie is funny from start to finish and is nothing more than a stupid comedy, with a story thrown in. So if you don't like pretty basic stupid humour this isn't for you. There are memorable moments scattered throughout the movie, with one of my favourites being when Ali G puts on his camouflage outfit.
Sacha Baron Cohen ... Ali G
Emilio Rivera ... Rico
Gina La Piana ... Hoochie 1 (as Gina Lapiana)
Dana de Celis ... Hoochie 2 (as Dana Pauley)
Dominic Delesilva ... Young Boy
Jacqueline Castro ... Mum (as Jackeline Castro)
Ali G indahouse is a full length film for the character Ali G, which had been invented by the comedian and actor Sacha Baron Cohen. Ali G had already starred in many TV programs and had already been a successful for Sacha Baron Cohen, so it made sense to put him into a film to see how he did, and it made for a very funny film too so it was a good job he took that gamble.
Ali, who is part of the gang the west Staines massiv, is sad to hear about the closure of his local leisure centre, so in protest he decided to go on hunger strike and chain himself to some railings. However as he is spotted by the deputy prime minister he is given an opportunity he never thought he would have.
He wants Ali to go for the MP of stains, but really this is just a plan to get the real prime minister to look bad in the public eye, however when the public actually take to Ali, this doesn't work, making the prime minister more popular than before.
The movie is very funny, there's plenty of good jokes in there, but mainly its just the actual character of Ali G, and Sascha who plays him that the humour comes from. He is such a good character and this makes for a funny film.
However there is still a good storyline behind all this humour though and its actually quite a well made film, despite it being such a comical film, it is really good and one of my classics.
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
Sacha Baron Cohen clearly has a very good penchant for assuming larger than life aliases; Borat and Bruno have most recently shocked the world, but his original persona was Ali G, a chav from Staines, who leads Da West Staines Massiv, is probably his best known personality, and the one that helped him become the famous comic that he is today. After a lengthy TV show on Channel 4 and even a stint in America, he has made this film, a daft film that captures some of the charm of the series even if its humour is far more broad and less satirical, appealing to more popular interest that, sadly, happen to be less clever and more scataological in content.
After Ali and his gang learn that the leisure centre they hang out in is to be demolished, Ali attempts to become a member of parliament, while Deputy Prime Minister David Carlton (Charles Dance) attempts to use him as a pawn to get the present Prime Minister ousted from power. This sends Ali and his gang on a strange adventure that takes them from the leisure centre to the inner corridors of power, to even allowing them to meet the Queen in a particularly surreal encounter.
Whilst it could be characterised as nothing less than "entirely stupid", I must confess that this film made me laugh a lot due to Cohen's utterly mental personality as well as plenty of "so bad it's good" moments of cheese. And in all of the ridiculousness, one must wonder what in the hell Charles Dance was doing in the midst of it all, though.
Of all the comic creations of Sacha Baron Cohen Ali G is probably still my favourite of the lot as it was the original one and as such had the biggest wow impact of his three characters, by the time you get to Bruno there is a feeling that the whole thing is staged and artificial while with Ali G you were left with the distinct impression that those being set up never got it.
The sad thing about this film is that this sort of situation could not be relicated instead you have a rather staged plot that sees Ali standing first for Parliament and then with his keeping it real style catching the support of the country and a rather opportunistic colleague to rise to the highest of offices all in an attempt to save his local park.
Martin Freeman also stars as one of the members of the Staines Massive who comes to his help when things start to go wrong
The film does have its funny moments but the character does not really transfer fully to a feature length film and the jokes begin the wear a bit thin towards the end. I have watched it twice now and it is not bad, in fact there were jokes I missed the first time around that I appreciated on a second viewing. Overall not the worst comedy ever made and worth a viewing if you have a slightly juvenile sense of humour.
Ali G Indahouse is Sacha Baron Cohen's first film. Ali G is a gangster in the West Staines Massiv who finds out that the local community centre is going to be closed down. He decides to take his protest to parliament in an effort to prevent its closure. When he is there the Chancellor sees him and suggests that the Prime Minister make him the new candidate for the MP of Staines hoping that he would embarrass him and force him to resign so he can take over. However Ali G is embraced by the nation and makes the government and Prime Minister more popular than ever. However one night at a United Nations meeting could ruin the prime ministers reputation and be the end for the Staines community centre.
Although not as famous as his other films Ali G Indahouse is still a brilliant film and will have you laughing out loud all the way through. Martin Freeman of The Office also stars in this film as a member of Ali G's gang and he provides plenty of laughs himself. Fans of Borat will also enjoy the cameo of the character in this film as well.
However people that don't know of the youth culture in Britain at the time this film was made will not fully get most of the jokes and as a result of this the films appeal is limited.
This film is certainly worth seeing! It is farcical and stupid but done incredibly well. It's done so well you just want to keep on watching to see what happens next.
It's all very original and `Ali G` is on top form with his very unique character and behaviour. The entire cast bring something to this movie, and I personally enjoy seeing 'The Office's' Martin Freeman in Ali G's posse!
The whole way through, the film is daft, crude, rude and sexist, which is its main strength and what makes it so good - you will watch it thinking this but won't turn it off because you just have to see the whole thing.
Its one worth having for the collection if you're feeling down and want to lift your spirits and mood a bit, or even just to have a laugh with some friends.
Ali G is by far Sacha Baron Cohen's best creations. Lets face it, we've all known someone like him!
Ali G in da house is a great movie as much of his sucess was through is crazy programs and he was so popular he decided to have a bash at a movie which was Ali Gin da house. Directed by Mike Mylod in 2002 and includeds the great comdian himself ali g aka as Sasha Barron Cohen.
This is a really funny film Ali G is a leader of a West London gang and his rivals are the East gang. The storyline starts off with the local government going to knockdown thier local leisure centre and thats were Ali G has some of his keep it real classes. So Ali and the gang protest against this happening. He goes on hunger strike and then gets spotted by the prime minister he is then drawn down the road of poitics. He is now in the running to run for mp in West London. This is were the fun begins he slags everybody off and alienated them who ever crosses his path. He is so funny as the character and it is just mad insane and pretty much Ali G. A great film from the legend and also laugh out loud moments from start to finish. I bought this recently preowned in xtravision for three pound what a bargain. It seems like what Ali G an mp but he is brilant in this role and is defitnetley worth a watching full of laughter and insane moments.
Sarah Baron Cohen plays the brilliant Ali G, a hilarious character who had brilliant viewing before this film and this film made his character even better than before.
Going to the top of the charts, this film was hilarious and controversial as Ali mocks the houses of parliament and the prime minister, but all for a superb laugh.
Coming from Staines Ali is the village idiot who loves to think he is the best in the village.
He is part of the West Staines Massive - West side is the best, and with his girlfriend "me Julie" sung about in one of Ali's songs, he makes himself one of the most unlikely heroes as he becomes invincible just to try and save the Staines Community centre.
This film gives laughs right from the beginning and to the end, with Ali always being at his very best. Film is ages more at yonger generations, however the older generations with a brilliant humour, will also enjoy the film and will be laughing hard as Ali makes us laugh with his witty comments.
The dvd can be picked up for £5 or less which is brilliant for a hilarious film with a great background.
I am a HUGE fan of Sacha Baron Cohen's comedy and remember when his Ali G character first came to prominence in the late 90's and slowly but surely gained a following, eventually coming over to the US and getting his own TV show which was also very successful, so ultimately they decided to do a movie based on the Ali G Character.
In the movie Ali G is the leader of Da West Staines Massiv, his gang made up of a group of pathetic wannabe gangsters from Staines, their fierce rivals are Da East Staines Massiv, Ali is heartbroken to learn that his beloved local leisure centre is about to close ( He teaches "Keep It Real" classes to local kids there ) , in protest Ali decides to go on Hunger Strike and chains himself to some railings, while there he is spotted by Deputy Prime Minister David Carlton ( Charles Dance ) who recruits Ali to be the Candidate for MP for Staines, but his motives are to use Ali to discredit the current Prime Minister ( Michael Gambon ) and take over as Prime Minister himself, but he doesn't count on Ali's popularity with not only the general public, but the PM himself. And the movie then shows Ali's trying to thwart Carlton's plans.
I think Sacha Baron Cohen is a genius, but unfortunately he may be a genius with a shelf life that may be coming to an end, I thought Borat was one of the funniest films in the last 10 years, I will never forget watching it at the cinema and almost throwing up from laughing so hard, the reason is because they took the successful formula from the Borat skits on the Ali G show and expanded on them in a movie, where Ali G Indahouse fails in my opinion is that they took the realistic interviews and interaction with real people, threw them away and made a fictional movie with the character, and unfortunately the novelty of Ali wears off very quickly and all that is left is some pretty basic toilet humour and the occasional funny gag.
I guess you could call this movie the first in a kind of "Trilogy" as it was followed by the hilarious Borat, and is soon to be followed again by a movie based on his "Bruno" character, I just worry that as he is exposed to a worldwide audience more and more ( Borat was arguably the biggest movie of 2006 and gained enormous Worldwide exposure ) his ability to deliver the humour that he is best at, which is tricking people to get genuinely funny reactions, will be extremely difficult to do. and then he may be forced to make another fictional movie like this, something that judging by the quality of Ali G indahouse may not prove to be successful.
If you're a fan of Baron Cohen's and you haven't seen this movie, then you should by all means. but you may leave feeling a little disappointed if you're expecting the Ali G from the TV.
Of all the conmic creations of Saca Baron Cohen Ali G is probably the least subtle of the lot, sure part of the joke is a white Jewish bloke playing the role of a black man who is a rather inept gang member cum DJ cum super sexy lover but a lot of the humour is quite crude and heavy with sexual references.
This was the first character he took to the big screen and it turned out to be a fairly average comedy with a few funny parts but not quite managing to live up to the standards or levels of comedy that the TV series produced.
The story sees Ali favourite community centre under threat of cloisure so he decides to stand for the local council, from local politics he finds his way, by a combination of error and a devious Chancellor of the Exchequer who decides to take advantage of Ali, onto the national stage and a place in the Commons and ultimately the highest office in the land.
Soon though he has to rely on his gang played by Martin Freeman and Tony Way alongside his girlfriend Julie (Kelly Bright).
The strength of the TV show was based on Alli interviewing unsuspecting members of the political or academic world who had no idea what lay behind the character, the film does not have that, instead it relies on the actual character and his foolish naive ways, certainly there are some very funny moments but its truggles to maintain momentum throughout and toils to build in a plot that the audience will actually care about.
Personally I found this movie funnier second time around which was the same for the Borat movie as well, it is entertianing provided you are in the mood for the rather purile comedy however there are enough C list celebs in cameo roles prepared to send themnselves up to make the film reasonably interesting.
Written by Sacha Baron Cohen and Dan Mazer, and directed by Mark Mylod Ali G In Da House was released in March 2002.
The council are planning to shut down the local community centre and Ali G (Sacha Baron Cohen), being the pillar of the community, takes it upon himself to go against the powers that be and ensure that the centre remains open.
As well as battling with the councillors against the closure, Ali also has to deal with the ongoing turf war against the East Side Massiv, led by Hassan B (Ray Panthaki). Luckily, Ali has his girlfriend, Julie (Kellie Bright) and his own crew, the West Staines Massiv to help him out, with Dave (Tony Way) and Ricky C (Martin Freeman) being his right hand men.
Remarkably, Ali rises through the council hierarchy very quickly and soon gets noticed by the Chancellor, who uses Ali in a devious plot to overthrow the Prime Minister. Ali is totally unaware of this evil plan and genuinely believes that the Chancellor is helping Ali save the community centre.
Ali continues with his new found political duties by attending summits with world delegates and continues to raise his profile and popularity with the British public and runs for Prime Minister.
There are loads of characters in this film that range from gangsters to boy scouts to council officials to foreign delegates to members of the general public. These characters provide a great supporting role to the main characters.
In addition, there are cameo appearances from Richard Madely, Judy Finningan, Naomi Campbell and Judi Shekoni.
It was the 4 Show that introduced the UK to Ali G and ever since I first saw him I was hooked. I love the fake gangster and schoolboy humour and I think that Sacha Baron Cohen executes it so well. His delivery and timing is absolutely spot on and he uses it for maximum comical value.
Originally I though that this film would be an extended version of his sketches on the 4 show, in that he would be interviewing a whole host of 'powerful' people such as managing directors of large companies, ministers, pressure groups etc and making the usual stupid comments. How wrong I was.......
This film's story line is absolutely ridiculous and very stupid. It is unrealistic and the events would not happen in a million years. That said it is very funny and entertaining. Any other actor and I think that this film would have flopped (purely because of the poor story line), but Sacha managed to pull it out of the bag.
This is a laugh a minute film with many laugh out loud moments, as well as some great and memorable scenes. A couple that stick out in my mind includes the scene where Ali and Julie are in the Renault 5 GT turbo and the break dance through the lazer lights.
A lot of the scenes are risqué and a bit close to the mark. Such scenes include;
i) The scene with the fence cleaner
ii) The scene where Ali falls to the feet of the queen and makes an inappropriate comment
iii) The scene where Ali finds Dave and Ricky C in a compromising position
iv) The scene with the boy scouts
v) The scene whereby Ali ensures the foreign delegates get the giggles during a world summit
Thinking about it, most of the scenes are risqué and that is, not only what makes them so funny, but also the unique selling point of Ali G.
The ending was pretty awful and made no sense whatsoever, but then I was struggling to see how you would end a film like this. You shouldn't dwell on this poor ending as it doesn't wreck the film in any way.
Films like this require a certain type of acting ability, and whilst some may not see it as being as difficult as acting in a thriller or horror or anything 'real life' film, it does take a lot to pull it off and keep the audience laughing. I think that all the main actors in this film are great. Obviously, Sacha steals the show and it would be difficult to out shine him but he is backed up by a cast of great supporting actors.
What I really like about this film is that you can watch it over and over again and it is just as funny as the first time, even though you know exactly what's coming up. I think it is quite sad when you start laughing about the bit that's going to happen but I find I do this all the time whilst I'm watching this film.
The jokes and gags aren't just verbal either. There is loads going on in the background and another thing I found about this film is that there are so many gags it is impossible to pick them all up during the first viewing. I was seeing new things every time I watched the film for the first 5 or 6 viewings.
Whilst I was disappointed that this film did not have Ali G interviewing, and mocking, 'powerful' people this disappointment was short lived as I found this film very funny. I appreciate that Ali G and his humour may not be to everyone's taste but if you like films that are easy to watch (and require no thought), great entertainment, a bit risqué then this is definitely worth a look. I think this is the funniest British comedy of all time.
Run time - 88 minutes
Certificate - 15
Sacha Baron Cohen at his best in this Ali G DVD. He plays a wannabe big time gangster who particpates in volunteering to teach 10 year olds how to live on the streets in his local community center. Its when this is threatened to be closed Ali G sets out to rescue the 'John Nikey Leisure Center'. He embarks on a journey and becomes part of parliament where his attitude is very much frowned upon. However there are some truely brilliant comedy scenes throughout, involving fun with a handbrake and ping pong ball fraulics.
Ali G manages to bring all the so called gangsters together for one last assault for justice as they arrive in their mass numbers brilliantly camoflaged they attempt to get the information they so desperately want.
I have watched this film many times and it always makes me laugh. I don't believe you can get bored of it. Its rated 15 as there are a few quite disgusting but equally funny moments in the film.
Sacha Baron Cohen brings his gangster wannabe Ali G to the big screen in this feature length riot of a movie.
When funding for Ali G and the West Side Massive's hangout of the John Nikey Leisure Centre is threatened with closure Ali decides to go on hunger strike outside the government building to make a point and show the MP's he means business.
Whilst there the MP does see what he is doing but decides instead to get Ali to campaign for him. What unfolds is a tale of corrupt PMs, clever jokes and plans to destroy Staines, permanently.
An unlikely hero Ali G must now fight to save his town as well as his leisure center.
The film received mixed reviews with some saying it was just over the top and nothing special but i beg to differ. It has been put together well and has a good storyline as well as cringe worthy moments and times when you're sides will hurt with laughter.
If you liked Ali on the small screen, try him on the big screen, he wont disappoint!
I remember in the late 90's when Ali G first came out, he was incredibly cutting edge and was the catalyst for many of the shock comedy that we see nowadays. The Ali G show ran for 8 episodes on Channel for and he was even granted a chance for his own show set in America.
When it was announced that he would be making a feature length film, I was wary, many times when a character from a skit show or sitcom gets a feature film, it falls way of the mark as there just not enough in the character to make it humorous for a full 90mins.
Unfortunately I think this movie suffers the same fate, sure there's plenty of gags that big fans of Ali G would love but for me it was all very forced and padded out and it just didn't do it for me. The movie finds Ali winning a parliamentary election and fighting toe to toe with an evil chancellor, it seems the only reason fro the plot is to thurst the character into ludicrous situations where he can make a faux pas.
I can't say I highly recommend the movie but hardcore Sacha Baron Cohen fans may be intrigued to give it a whirl, it may raise a few giggles but it falls far from the mark and for me is in the "Flop" territory.
By the marginal-or-miss standards of British TV spin-offs, Ali G in da House is well above adequate, even though it drags out every smart line or decent routine until they lie dead on the screen just begging for a laugh track. The film pulls back a bit from the absolute obnoxiousness of the Ali G TV skits, which makes Sacha Baron Cohen's character bearable at feature length, but also significantly less funny. Here it is finally confirmed that Ali is a weedy white kid called Alistair who pretends to be Jamaican, rather than a weedy white comedian doing a Jamaican character. Believe it or not, there's actually a plot, with a scheming Chancellor of the Exchequer (Charles Dance) recruiting Ali as a parliamentary candidate for Staines in a devious attempt to unseat Prime Minister Michael Gambon. Yet this framework is really an excuse for the sketch-like bits, such as a Los Angeles ghetto movie fantasy, Ali G addressing a meeting of lesbian feminists ("I've seen a lot of your videos"), and Charles Dance forced to read a budget speech in Ali G speak. Oddly, the film makes early-1990s jokes about Tories rather than going after New Labour, but any political satire here comes in second to knob-polishing jokes and sometimes-hilarious patter. Luckless inhabitants of the M4 corridor will nod ruefully at the final gag, in which Ali G persuades the PM not to devastate Staines and nods agreement as Gambon reassures him, "it's all right, we'll destroy Slough instead". --Kim Newman