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In The Dictator (2012), when Haffaz Aladeen has to remove weight to reach the hotel window through sliding rope, he empties his pocket's item one by one. Then he took a brick out of his pocket. I think it is some kind of joke which I didn't get. What does this brick signify? Someone told me that brick have some significance for Muslims. Is it true? It yes, then what?

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Its entirely for comic effect.

The humor comes from why he would have a brick in his pocket in the first place (something that's only real purpose in this instance is to act as a weight, and why upon realizing that he needed to jettison objects that were causing him to be heavier, he didn't take the brick out first.

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I was going to posit that the brick was there in case he needed to throw in some windows, a generally "dick thing to do", fitting his persona. But your answer is better! :) – Vincent Vancalbergh Jan 27 '14 at 13:06

Though The Dictator is a political satire and a black-comedy genre movie, I think the rope-scene was not meant to signify anything. It's like a scene from cartoon where characters pull out random things from their pocket. The scene was about Aladeen's idiotness and to make people laugh.

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I listen to somewhere that brick signifies some Muslim tradition (no offence intended) and want to know about it. – Ankit Sharma Jan 27 '14 at 10:28
Fair enough. I also look forward for any good answer that describes the scene. – Anirban Nag 'tintinmj' Jan 27 '14 at 10:30

Brick is like a part of Islamic toilet etiquette. It is also known as Istinjaa*. But in Istinjaa use of Baked Brick is prohibited. But non baked brick can be used. Some claims says that toilet paper can be used too. So that scene must be a joke to this tradition (No offence intended).

*After having passed urine dry the penis with a clean clod and then wash it with the water.

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Now even accepted, well, to each his own. Yet this explanation seems entirely too far-fetched, I think. The other two answers seem much more likely. (But I also haven't seen the movie I admit. Though, if it has as plain a humor as the awfully over-rated Borat, I would doubt for any deeper meaning to lie in this scene at all.) – Napoleon Wilson Jan 30 '14 at 22:18
@NapoleonWilson i have listen to some brick joke before but i forgot it and due to blurry memories of the joke, i asked this question. I know its little far fetched but i still fell it have more purpose then a weight. – Ankit Sharma Jan 31 '14 at 9:39

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