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Ali G Indahouse

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mark Mylod
Produced by Sacha Baron Cohen
Dan Mazer
Tim Bevan
Eric Fellner
Written by Sacha Baron Cohen
Dan Mazer
Starring Sacha Baron Cohen
Michael Gambon
Charles Dance
Music by Adam F.
Cinematography Ashley Rowe
Editing by Paul Knight
Studio Working Title Films
StudioCanal
WT2 Productions
Talkback Productions
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) March 22, 2002
Running time 88 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £1.5 million (est.)
Gross revenue £859,170,779 (UK)

Ali G Indahouse (2002) is a British comedy film directed by Mark Mylod and starring the fictional character Ali G, who is performed by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. The character was developed for the Channel 4 TV series The 11 O'Clock Show (1999) and Da Ali G Show (2000).

Ali G Indahouse was released on DVD in Region 2 in the United Kingdom on November 11, 2002 and in Region 1 in United States and Canada on November 2, 2004. It is the first of three films based on Baron Cohen's characters from Da Ali G Show, the second being Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006), and the third Brüno (2009).

Contents

Plot summary

Ali G is the leader of Da West Staines Massiv, a fictional gang composed of a group of wannabe gangsters from Staines (a small suburban town to the west of London); their chief rivals are Da East Staines Massiv. Ali and Da West Staines Massiv are heartbroken to learn that their beloved local leisure centre (where they like to chill out and also where Ali teaches his "Keep it Real" classes) will be demolished by the local council. Ali and his friends decide to protest this injustice. After he goes on a hunger strike and is spotted chained to some railings by the nefarious Deputy Prime Minister David Carlton (played by Charles Dance), he is drawn into a world of seedy political intrigue, as the Deputy Prime Minister tries to use Ali as a tool to destroy the Prime Minister's credibility. Ali is put forward as a candidate to be the next MP for Staines in a crucial by-election and manages to alienate most who cross his path, including feminists and the elderly. During a debate with his rival candidate, Ali tries to insult his rival by claiming that he "sucked off a horse". Unknown to Ali and the public, it turns out that the rival did indeed do such a thing, and trying to explain it away, he claims when he was out hunting with a friend he slipped, and his mouth landed on a horse's penis, which due to the mating season was erect. Ali then wins.

Although originally seeming out of his depth as an M.P, Ali's bizarre behaviour and solutions seem to actually work. He visits a Customs checkpoint in Dover, as a delegate compiling a report (though all he does is steal confiscated pornos and drugs). Through ideas such as making more "relatable" education and selectively ensuring the immigration of attractive (or "fit") women into England, Ali becomes incredibly popular, meeting the Prime Minister's intentions and bringing his percentage lead in the polls up 22 percent. With this the PM offers to save Ali's leisure centre. First though, Ali accompanies the PM to a UN peace conference to avert Chad and Burkina Faso from going to war. The USA and Russia back opposite countries and both threaten nuclear attacks. It gets to the point where World War III is almost declared when Ali sneaks into the catering area and puts an entire bag of marijuana which he had stolen from Customs earlier, into the delegates' tea and orders that they be served it right away. He throws the empty bag into a nearby trash can. Also, the two opposing African presidents become friends. The PM says that Ali has saved the world. However, Carltons secretary Kate Hedges figures out what Ali has done and retrieves the empty marijuana bag (which has "Ali's stash. DO NOT NICK" written on the back), which she mails to the press. On return to England Ali is forced to leave parliament.

Before the Leisure Centre can be saved, a video emerges of Ali and his girlfriend having sex in the PM's bedroom at Chequers. As Ali was wearing items of the PM's clothing at the time the media believe the video details the PM with a prostitute, forcing his resignation. This results in deputy PM David Carlton being made PM. Carlton, who despises Ali and orders the destruction of the aforementioned leisure centre. After turning down an offer to have sex with Kate Hedges, in exchange for "keeping his mouth shut" about the videotape, Ali and the West Staines Massiv must race against time to find the master copy of the CCTV tape proving the former PM's innocence, extending the olive branch to all the gangs all over Staines and Berkshire (even to the East Staines Massiv) to help them break into the vaults and retrieve the said tape.

They do this successfully and manage to reinstate the original PM, save the leisure centre and all live happily ever after when Ali is posted as the British ambassador to Jamaica.

This film features one of Baron Cohen's other characters, Borat, in a meeting with Ali G, where a double was used for different shots.

Cast

Four of the cast went on to play charatcers in the soap opera Eastenders.

Reception

The film opened to mixed reviews from critics and fans. While some hailed it as a successful low culture comedy,[1] it inspired little of the strong fan enthusiasm associated with Da Ali G Show[2][3] and with Baron Cohen's subsequent film, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.[4]

Soundtrack

Ali G Indahouse - Da Soundtrack
Soundtrack by Various Artists
Released March 18, 2002
Genre Soundtrack
Length 69:35
Label Island
Producer Nick Angel
Dan Mazer
Sacha Baron Cohen

On March 18, 2002, a soundtrack album for the film was released. Featuring music used in the film, it also featured linking material by Ali G, as if the album was a pirate radio broadcast on Ali's "Drive By FM." It was an enhanced CD, featuring the music video for "Me Julie."

  1. "Drive By"
  2. "Stand Clear" (Adam F feat. M.O.P)
  3. "Straight Outta Compton" (NWA)
  4. "One Minute Man" (Missy Elliott)
  5. "Swallow Back"
  6. "Me Julie" (Ali G and Shaggy)
  7. "Yo!"
  8. "Dynamite" (Ms Dynamite)
  9. "Ride wid Us (AC's Dark Dub Edit)" (So Solid Crew)
  10. "Baddest Ruffest" (Backyard Dog)
  11. "Oh Yeah" (Foxy Brown feat. Spragga Benz)
  12. "Put It on Me" (Ja Rule feat. Vita)
  13. "This Is How We Do It " (Montell Jordan)
  14. "Freak Me" (Another Level)
  15. "Hold Tight"
  16. "E.I." (Nelly)
  17. "Legalise"
  18. "Shoot to Kill" (Oxide & Neutrino)
  19. "Mad Props"
  20. "Fight the Power" (Public Enemy)
  21. "Planet Rock" (Afrika Bambaataa and The Soul Sonic Force)
  22. "Spread de Love"
  23. "Me Julie" (video) (Ali G and Shaggy)

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