I would rather watch the silliest comedy imaginable than the self-congratulatory pabulum that serves to make bland middle class audiences feel thoughtful and worldly. There is a caveat: these comedies only work for me when the fun is fervid and inclusive. Baron Cohen loves the heterogeneous 'us,' though we are pitiless barbarians, deserving of mockery, and he is at least a little funny every second he is on screen.
Adds to the laundry list of miserably unfunny, lazily written raunchy comedies that ostensibly abide by the principles of Adam Sandler's methods of comedy filmmaking. Sacha Baron Cohen feels like a has-been rockstar struggling to remain relevant in an era where his schtick has been phased out by YouTube and internet shows and the end result is painful and frequently cringeworthy.