Ali G In Da House

Baron Cohen's first effort is crass, lewd, tasteless and as subtle as a knee in the groin, but the jokes don't overstay their welcome - even the ones that are visible from around the corner.

It's a simple concept as a youth from county England who subscribes a little too literally to gangsta hip-hop culture is elected to British parliament in a bungled attempt to sabotage the government from within.

The requisite lessons about truth and service in the face of corruption are there, but thankfully not overdosed to the point of trying to make it something it isn't and spoiling the inane humour. Plenty of laugh-out-loud parts, definitely not for when you're in a highbrow or refined mood and good fun as modern politics, modern youth and rap culture are parodied in equal measures.

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