Box art for Ali G Indahouse: The Movie

Ali G Indahouse: The Movie

comedy, foreign


Comedy sensation Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) stars as Ali G, the white, gangsta-rapper wannabe who gets entangled in an evil Chancellors plot to overthrow Great Britains Prime Minister.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    56%
  • Audience Score
    54%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 17
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
5 out of 5
Violence
0 out of 5

Pre-Borat, a raunchy spoof of a hip-hop pretender.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that in this movie from the creator of Borat, sex and drug jokes are rampant and spring up in the most unlikely and unsuitable places (like making a lewd remark to the Queen of England). Though Ali G and his foul-mouthed posse are openly homophobic (tossing around the anti-gay slur "batty boy"), they also experiment with gay sex at the end (and decide they like it). The street-gang lifestyle -- at least a white-boy mimicry of it -- is made to look fun and empowering. There are lots of fantasy-figure girls in skimpy bikinis, and quick flashes of female toplessness (in still photos) and the (fake) tip of Ali's enormous penis. Fat people are the subject of repeated gags.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the romanticizing of "hip-hop" gang life and young people who live by the codes of urban ghettoes, even though they've never set foot in one. What do young people get from pretending they live in urban war zones? And is it all that different from the granddads pretending to be gunslinger cowboys as kids? When does the rap lifestyle get harmful? What other movies use exaggerated characters to lampoon real-life trends?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK], Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh:

- Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: ...a cliched and somewhat tedious comedy...

- David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews, Saturday, November 18, 2006

Audience Reviews

2 stars

It didn't really work as a film, luckily SBC realised this in time for his stronger character, Borat. It?s really infantile and quite shit but there are some guilty laughs in there. I bet Martin Freeman has removed this one from his CV though!

- SirPant, Wednesday, September 30, 2009

1 star

"This is my hood and these girls belong to me. - Belong? That is a very sexist way to talk about these bitches." I remember this character way back from the early start of the century. Ali G is a sexist, wannabe "gangstarapper" with a big mouth and a big hole in common knowledge. I'm pretty sure that most of those who own a TV have seen Alistair Leslie Graham at some point. Ali G started, as you may know, as a character who interviewed celebrities, puting them in odd situations and so on. Then he got so popular, being the "voice of da youth", that he got his own feature movie. While the short interviews may have been funny, the movie does have huge problems. First of all, the interviews may have had this feeling of realism but the movie is so over the top that it does not match up to the TV show. Ali G becoming a member of the Parliament almost turning Britain upside down? Come on. Even Sacha Baron Cohen, the man behind Ali G, must have known that this can't work. The film doesn't have even that many genuinely funny scenes. The "racing" scene in the beginning and the sex scene between the two confused Ali G sidekicks. Two funny scenes in 90 minutes is a shame. Sacha Cohen is a talented writer, 'Borat' is proof of that. 'Ali G Indahouse' is just so worn out that all funny stuff that could have been squeezed out of the character was done already in the TV show. Sacha Cohen has already retired the character. That is a good thing. If you really want to remember Ali G at his funniest, I recommend you to watch him interview celebs instead.

- TheMachinist, Friday, May 29, 2009

2 stars

What makes Ali G a great character is the honest uncomfortable moments with political figures. A scripted movie feels more like a watered down Pootie Tang.

- Godless, Tuesday, April 28, 2009