Borat - Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
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Plot: Borat Sagdiyev is a TV reporter of a popular show in Kazakhstan as Kazakhstan's sixth most famous man and a leading journalist. He is sent from his home to America by his government to make a documentary about American society and culture. Borat takes a course in New York City to understand American humor. While watching Baywatch on TV, Borat discovers how beautiful their women are in the form of C. J. Parker, who was played by actress Pamela Anderson who hails from Malibu, California. He decides to go on a cross-country road trip to California in a quest to make her his wife and take her back to his country. On his journey Borat and his producer encounter a country full of strange and wonderful Americans, real people in real chaotic situations with hysterical consequences. Runtime: 84 mins Release Date: 29 Mar 2006
I literally could not stop laughing. (by xpanasonicyouthx)
And I mean the actual definition of "literally." I was lucky enough to catch an advanced screening and I wish I could see it 100 more times.It's hilarious. It's offensive. It's actually pretty smart as well. Sacha Cohen is so ridiculously consistent and never seems to break character, even when he turns an entire rodeo against him in less than 5 minutes.I really don't want to speak anymore of the film, because part of the beauty of it is being surprised by what you see on the screen. I only hope they don't edit the hell out of it, because it really was a joy to <more>
Many would probably agree... this film has the potential to either be amazing or absolutely awful. Last night I attended the first ever screening in Marina Del Ray. "Borat" is not only the hardest I've laughed in a theater since "Wedding Crashers", it may be the hardest I've laughed EVER. It it expertly handled, fusing fiction with non fiction and constantly testing the boundaries of taste and decency in the best, most socially revealing ways. In many ways, it is like a meeting of "Breaking The Waves" and "Jackass". It uses confrontational <more>
non-fiction set ups to create massive discomfort, and in the process, revealing both the light and dark of it's subjects. In fact, I found myself having a tough time labeling it. Although it is a definite step in the direction of "Jackass", it holds some of the same relevance as a Michael Moore documentary. Sasha Baren Cohen tears us apart with laughs, and in doing so, holds a mirror up to America in ways twice as revealing as any Michael Moore voice over ever could.This film, if Fox has the guts to really give it the push it deserves, could signal a dramatic shift and appeal to a very wide 20-30 yr old, left wing, educated demographic.This film is truly an incredible thing to witness. My film of the year thus far.
I just had a chance to see this movie last week at a test screening and I must say I think it is the funniest thing I have ever seen on the big screen. I hope the final version includes the racier scenes and the MPAA doesn't pressure them to edit it but they would surely be included on the DVD release . Basically it is a two hour journey following Borat across the U.S while he meets and greets all sorts of characters along the way. I don't want to give anything away but it manages to capture the hilarity of Borat from Da Ali G Show and hold it for the entire film. I was worried <more>
before I saw it because movies have a way of destroying all expectations brought forth from another medium but this film lives up to the challenge. Anyone who is a fan of the show will find themselves on the edge of their seats, trying not to spray urine on those close to them. We ran into Sacha after the screening and he gave us word that the release date was sometime over the summer, nothing specific but definitely something to look forward to.
Borat was a terrible film ...NOT! (by Flagrant-Baronessa)
Borat proves to be the Python of our generation. I say this as a die-hard Monty Python fan not because the humour is on the same level or follows the same guidelines in fact, the common ground is here is that it follows no guidelines but because both comedy teams mask their sketches in a feature film, passing them off as a story when it becomes glaringly clear that the latter is an elaborate pretext under which to have outrageous, absurdist and side-splittingly fun in a series of genius gags.Yet for all of Borat's subsequent disorganisation and warped narrative, we are first <more>
served a gorgeously condensed introduction to our character in his village in Kazakhstan. This segment was possibly the biggest crowd-pleaser in my theatre and perhaps rightly so, for I would call it the film's goldmine in terms of sheer laugh-out-loud humour. Here we are introduced to Borat's sister "She is number-four prostitute in whole of Kazakhstan." , whom he kisses on the mouth, his main interests ping-pong, sunbathing and "watch ladies make toilet" as well as a wide variety of hilarious native Kazakhs. Undoubtedly the success of the introduction stems from a combination of novelty and a culture shock.Once the sprawling surge of Kazakhstani culture subsides, Borat flies to New York City to make a movie-film about the glorious US and A. The booming Russian ethnic score melts into Harry Nilsson's "Everybody's Talking' At Me" and the film gets ambitious: it spoofs Jon Voight's incongruous cowboy character walking down Manhattan in Midnight Cowboy 1969 . This I found a pleasant surprise, but the referential spoofs end here and the rest is all Sascha Baron Cohen and we couldn't be happier.The second half of Borat is arguably less compelling. It is hard to tell why, for the humour remains consistently good and there is an almost exponential stupidity with our Borat character as the sets out to go to California to marry Pamela Anderson. I would not go as far as to say the novelty "wears off", but we are a little more settled now and Borat has found his safe footing. Next, however, the film totally floors whatever safeness you may have with one of the most unspeakably graphic hotel room scenes I have ever seen. I won't give anything away, but rest assured that some viewers *males* will watch in horrified silence while others will literally cramp up from laughing so violently. I belong more to the latter category.As Borat travels through America, there is a wealth of juxtapositions to be found when he interacts with the people members of the white house, television broadcasters, etiquette teachers, Christian fundamentalists and Jews all offers layered hilarity and a consistent cloud of laughter kept hovering in the air. Sadly, it was not always directed toward Borat but most of the time but toward some truly idiotic hick Americans. When I was informed the film used many candid takes, I can only hope the unreasonably creepy Jesus convention was *not* one of them.In conclusion, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan 2006 " is a towering comedy achievement. It is apparent that Sascha Baron Cohen has done something truly cool here and has created an anti-semitic, misogynist and bigoted character that aptly embodies all racy taboos. As an actor he is unmistakably brave and uninhibited, which makes it easy for the film to lose itself in a tornado of gags, spoofs, bizarre one-liners and graphic jokes. The most fun I've had in a theatre since...forever!!!9 out of 10
I, too, caught this early screening in Marina Del Rey. Thought the film was great... the ending could have had more kick to it and been a bit more drawn out, but I was laughing so hard throughout that I barely noticed. Unlike the other comments I read, the nude scenes and the naked wrestling repulsed me. But there were so many other scenes where I felt like I was going to pass out from the pure ridiculousness of it all. Again, Cohen cleverly draws out the ignorance of so many people from the "U.S. and A." and we're left shocked, humbled, more aware, and having stomach pains from <more>
the hilarity of how he does it. He again proves what people will do for the camera and how people's true colors shine when they meet someone with more radical beliefs than their own. I left the theater saying "wow wow wee waaaaa"!!!
Just saw this last night at a screening in LA. It was sooo funny. Not sure when it will be out, and we were told that we were the first audience seeing this rough print. I must say that he built an entire movie on that one character. It will def. be rated R, as it has some pretty wild stuff. Some bathroom humor, yes, but all in all, it was great. Several scenes were so funny that you couldn't hear the film. The theatre was going wild at several points during the film. He makes fun of so many different things that anyone is fair game.I hope he continues to do his show and find the time for <more>
more films based on his wild characters. After seeing the whole movie, I was left wondering if all those people it is were actors or real people being caught off guard.
A Hilarious and Much Needed Assault on Decency (by evanston_dad)
Sacha Baron Cohen comes to America in the guise of Borat Sagdiyev and wreaks his own brand of Kazakhi havoc in this very very funny film.In our age of uber-political correctness, "Borat" comes sweeping through like a brisk and refreshing wind, completely bounding over every cultural taboo we've erected around ourselves. Thus, no one is safe: Borat takes on Jews, blacks, gays, feminists, middle-Americans, religious fanatics, frat boys. The only weapon against the bumbling Borat is a sense of humour, which this movie shows most Americans painfully lack. Indeed, if there is any <more>
message to be had from "Borat" and I'm not sure there is much of one, beyond its fascinating cultural experiments , it's that everyone needs to lighten up and not take themselves so seriously.The image of Americans projected in this film varies from the heartwarming to the downright frightening. New Yorkers threaten Borat with physical violence when he approaches them on a subway. Feminists walk out on him when they find his views on women too much to tolerate. Folks out in the heartland commiserate with him over his hatred of gays and Jews; a gun shop owner even helps him pick out the best weapon for shooting Jewish people. A sweet Jewish couple give him a place to sleep, and bring him a homey meal that is, before they turn into invading cockroaches . A group of manic Pentecosts help him find Jesus. An RV full of frat boys make complete asses of themselves by espousing their hopelessly ill-informed views on minorities in our country and the need to revert to slavery. The majority of people treat Borat in the condescending way of those who want to think of themselves as being culturally aware without really knowing anything at all about other cultures. These people become rude the second Borat offends their sense of propriety. On the other hand, the disenfranchised of America greet Borat with open arms, and we see a group of gays and a group of blacks interacting with him as if no cultural boundaries existed at all. The film's sweetest and most unexpectedly so moments come from Borat's befriending of a black prostitute.Of course, this is a carefully crafted work of fiction, and Cohen only lets his audience see what he wants them to see. I would probably react much the same as many of the people in this film if this crazy-looking and sounding man appeared out of nowhere and began to antagonize me. But the movie does make Americans look like a bunch of awfully self-important, uptight stiffs, and I've been to enough places in this country and met enough people to realize that the way events play out in this film even if they are manipulated or staged probably come very close to the real thing.Thank God for movies like "Borat." If nothing else, they remind us that our cultural boundaries only matter as much as we let them, and that all of the fears that govern political correctness are mostly ungrounded. After all, virtually every person in this film was offended at one point or another, and as far as I can tell, all of them lived to tell about it.Grade: A
You'll be offended when he makes a movie about the humor impaired... (by pstravinsky)
because you'll be left out, even though, obviously, you'd be a prime subject to illuminate the malady.This is one of the funniest movies ever made, right up there with "Waiting for Guffman" and "Team America." I don't understand people's limits when it comes to "ethnic" humor except to suspect their own racism makes it discomforting and unfunny for them.I'm sure these same people have parameters on which kinds of drama are acceptable to them as well, and I wonder if they are displeased when reading the newspaper that so many unsavory topics <more>
are covered.It's sad, really, when reality rankles your sensibilities.
Terrific film and will be a comedy classic (by chrome_spokes)
One of the funniest and most engaging movies I have ever seen. I wouldn't have posted anything if I hadn't seen the recent slew of negative reviews this movie got and the ridiculous amount of hateful, disagreeable people agreeing with the reviews. "Borat" is a daring comedic achievement. It is just, simply, comedic brilliance, genius, but, most of all, guts. Sacha Baron Cohen put life and limb forget reputation, that was the least of his worries on the line to put this madness together and it works beautifully. True, Cohen may have mislead some unsuspecting people into his <more>
comic mayhem, but, historically, that is the gist of comedy: "candid camera" anyone? Borat is raw and funny and an honest look at not just America, but people in general, and the social dynamics that shape their behavior and their lives. The range and layers of Cohen's humor is extraordinary. He is capable of physical comedy, spontaneous wit, and humorous social commentary all in one fell swoop. Amazing. I recommend "Borat" whole-heartedly and object to the "haters" who are either too dense or too mentally disturbed to appreciate this film.