In this film Spin-Off
of Da Ali G Show
, Sacha Baron Cohen
takes his Ali G character to the big screen
, though this time the comedy is completely scripted.
Alistair "Ali G" Graham is a middle-class white kid from Staines, a sleepy little suburb, who lives with his grandmother. He spends his time pretending to be a gangsta with a couple other prep-school types from around the neighborhood. He has a running rivalry with the crosstown East Staines Massiv, though all the Staines gangstas are so straight-laced that they won't even exceed the speed limit while street racing. The closest thing Ali G has to a job is volunteering at the town leisure center, teaching kids how to "keep it real" by educating them on gangsta rap cliches. When he learns that the leisure center is about to be closed, he decides to go on a political campaign to keep it open. A nefarious Deputy Prime Minister persuades him to run for MP, and due to a fluke he wins. Ali G gets into a variety of Fish out of Water
shenanigans as his horn-dog, pot-smoking personality clashes with the stuffy politicos. Ultimately Ali G must rally all the suburban gangstas to save Britain from the evil Deputy Prime Minister.
The first movie based on Da Ali G Show
, Ali G Indahouse
was later followed up by Borat
, which gave the same big screen treatment to Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev
and fashion designer Brüno
. Interestingly, Indahouse
is Baron Cohen's only film to ditch the show's Mockumentary
format entirely, incorporating a full cast of fictional characters (and quite a few recognizable actors) to prop up Ali's antics.
In addition to Baron Cohen himself, the cast includes Martin Freeman
as Ali's best friend Ricky C
, Michael Gambon
as the Prime Minister, and Charles Dance
as his scheming Deputy PM.
This film provides examples of:
- Big Damn Movie: The show is a Mockumentary series about Ali trying to scrape by as a talk show host, and conducting improvised interviews in amusing locales. In the movie, he gets elected to Parliament and has to fend off an evil plot to depose the Prime Minister of Britain.
- Big Red Button: Ali G tricks Parliament into thinking he'll push one that will destroy the world.
- Bilingual Bonus: The Spanish in the dream sequence.
- The Cameo: Sacha Baron Cohen's brief cameo as Borat Sagdiyev.
- Critical Research Failure: In-universe. Ali somehow manages to get religious conflicts in Northern Ireland mixed up with religious conflicts in Northern India, thinking that the fighting in Ireland is between "Hindus and Islams".
- The Dog Bites Back: When Ali G has to drive a golf cart because his car is vandalized, the old guy he cut off earlier in the film steals his parking space and flips him off - with a wooden hand.
- Fish out of Water: Ali G in Parliament? Oh, my medication!
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Rico uses some pretty colorful Spanish: "Hijo su chingada madre." There's funny stuff in there too.
- Idiot Hero: Well for as much as Ali G can be called a hero.
- I Was Having Such a Nice Dream: Ali G has a dream that ends with a beautiful woman performing oral sex on him. He wakes up to discover his dog licking him in an intimate place.
- The Movie: Ali G gained popularity as a television character before the film.
- Poke the Poodle: The Staines gangstas think they're pretty hardcore for flipping off cops when they can't be seen and street racing while obeying all traffic laws.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: Ali mistakes a feminist group for lesbians and promises to "lower taxes on strap-ons" if elected.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Ali G and all the other gangstas in the film are middle-class suburban kids who model themselves after what they hear in gangsta rap. Not all of them are actually white, however.
- Springtime for Hitler: The Deputy Prime Minister plans to use Ali G as part of this sort of scheme repeatedly in order to cause a crisis of confidence and allow him to become Prime Minister: first he plans for choosing Ali G as their candidate to lose them a safe seat in a by-election, then when that fails he plots for Ali's incompetence to bring down the Prime Minister directly.
- Trailer Spoof: One teaser pretended to be for the biopic Ali.
- You Called Me X, It Must Be Serious: Julie only calls Ali "Alistair" when he pisses her off.