Dear Dictator (2018)
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Pleasant enough to watch, even innocuous, "Dear Dictator" is something that gets worse the more you think about it.
Distinguished only by the fact that co-writer-directors Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse convinced the great Michael Caine to costar in this thudding mishmash.
Too leaden for farce and too bland for satire, Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse's "Dear Dictator" wastes a potential gold mine of culture-clashing silliness on worn, high school movie clichés.
Although the filmmakers name-check and appear to draw inspiration from Mean Girls, they've missed the mark on truly biting satire, leaving Dear Dictator toothless and silly.
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It's a pretty good idea for a mash-up: teen coming-of-age, high school romp with advice from a third world dictator on the run. It should've been priceless, but instead the set-up is wasted. The talent onscreen is up to the task, and so the fault lies with the script, perhaps not finished enough. There remains enough to see that potential is present and so one is not bored. It's just that the potential is unrealized.
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