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Da Ali G Show: Season 1 (2003)

Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: HBO Video
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, British Comedy, UK
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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A longtime favorite of British TV, comedian Sacha Baron Cohen rose to popularity via his hilarious alter ego, slang-spouting "hip-hop journalist" Ali G. By the time Cohen's Da Ali G Show was brought to America courtesy of HBO, the star had added two other alternate personalities to his repertoire: Borat, a chatty but incredibly na´ve Kazakstani TV personality, and Bruno, a flighty Austrian fashion reporter. Though highlights included such nonsense as Ali G posing as a recruit for the Philadelphia Police Department, the main attraction of the series was Cohen's satirical interviews of such high-profile personalities as Newt Gingrich, Ed Meese, and Buzz Aldrin, none of whom were aware that the whole enterprise was a big joke (and most of whom were outraged when their interviews were broadcast without their permission). The six-episode American incarnation of Da Ali G Show premiered February 21, 2003. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Ratings

Da Ali G Show: Season 1 (Disc 1 of 2) (2003)
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6.89 (109 votes)
Da Ali G Show: Season 1 (Disc 2 of 2) (2003)
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7.23 (69 votes)

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Eh. by raphaelc January 3, 2005 - 11:14 AM PST
5 out of 8 members found this review helpful
I was introduced to Da Ali G Show via The Office (one of the characters dresses up as Ali G for halloween). So I rented the first disc of Season 1 (3 episodes). Not much I can say about it. It has it's moments, but for the most part the clueless-white-boy-wannabe-gangsta act is pretty flat. My favorite parts were those done by Cohen's two other characters, Borat and Bruno.

For tongue-in-cheek interviews of clueless guests, The Daily Show is leagues better. For high-quality urban-themed comedy go with The Chappelle Show. Ali G show isn't bad, but there are much better alternatives out there.

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