Review: Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

“Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”
Run time: 1:22

There’s permonace art and then there’s the social experiment that is “Borat”. The creation of UK comedian (and observing Jew) Sasha Baron Cohen, Borat is a naive television reporter from Kazakhstan who says what most people only think, but it works because he’s foreign and everything comes from him with such youthful exuberance it’s easy to think he’s mixed up, not on the attack. The trick to Borat is that his subjects become so comfortable with him that before they know it, they’ve either agreed with his rheoric or corrected him with their own latent bigotry or racism.

The movie is a series of real-life situations loosely based on the premise that Borat is driving cross country, primarily through the south as luck would have it, to Malibu to meet his true love, Pamela Anderson. The amazing part is the film man on the street segments are completely improvised and done in one take with Cohen in character the entire time (he even maintained this appraoch for all of the movie’s promotional appearance).

I cannot say enough good things about this movie, but I have to try and temper my review so I don’t completely regurgitate it sharing the wit and genius of Cohen. It’s offensive, anti-semetic, at times vulgar, and complete genius. I’m amazed this movie was reduced from 2,000 to 800 for it’s opening weekend and still managed to do $26 million. As Borat would say “High fi-eeve” out of five.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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