A citizen of Staines is selected to advise the Prime Minister on various issues and is accepted by the press and public despite getting into constant trouble.
The better part of this film was that it made the antagonist an MP and set up most of the rest of the government as just as incompetent as the main character which felt realistic enough. There were some points which satirised real life and various aspects of British culture which aren’t often addressed in films, plus some of the gags were decent.
The beginning 20 minutes go very slowly as it’s mostly just the characters messing around with no real direction for the narrative having been introduced yet; at this point it’s more odd than funny. A running trope throughout is an infantile kind of humour which focuses mostly on sex, which can be amusing in some brief cases, but this film overuses this element by having a penis or vagina joke roughly every 3 minutes or less.
There were a few well recognised actors playing main parts who give good performances despite this being an unusual genre for them, there were also a few lesser-known actors who have also cropped up in various British shows who were good. It was mainly an upside to see the big names in a film like this because it has them do rather bizarre things.
At some points during the film it felt like there were attempts made to be deliberately offensive. It makes sense that controversial topics were referenced as that’s typical of a film involving politics and comedy but there were some jokes which fell flat and were additionally in bad taste without even sending a positive message.
3/10 -This one’s bad but it’s got some good in it, just there-
-Ali is only seen once in the film without something on his head, and that’s in a dream.
-Some locations in England were reportedly chosen and kept secret to make them look bleak and empty.
-According to the actor who plays him, Ali G’s full name is Alistair Leslie Graham.