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Borat: Cultural Learning of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Borat make much funnytime for many laughings of movieviewing peoples
by Matt Forsman on Nov 02, 2006
The easily offended, culturally sensitive, and politically correct would be best served by avoiding Sacha Baron Cohenís absurdly offensive, but brilliantly hysterical Borat: Cultural Learning of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (Henceforth, to be referred to merely as Borat). However, for those who prefer their comedy grossly offensive (ample anti-semitism) and inappropriate(two naked men fighting over a Pamela Anderson centerfold), Borat raises the bar for all comedies that follow it.
For the uninitiated, Borat (played by Sacha Baron Cohen) is a character originally made popular in Sacha Baron Cohenís comedy television series, "Da Ali G Show". In Cohenís show, Borat is a clueless television host from Kazakhstan who makes comedy out of some of the most awkward and uncomfortable moments of cultural misunderstanding one can fathom.
A vivid example of Boratís cultural ineptitude on the show involves an interaction with a real estate agent in the South in which he inquires about the prevalence of the "chocolate face man" in the neighborhood. Itís awful, but itís so awful that you canít help but laugh at the absurd ignorance that defines the essence of Borat. This is the kind of humor you can expect in the film.
In Borat, our title character takes off on an odyssey to the "U S and A" to (shockingly enough) learn more about the United States in hopes of improving his home country of Kazakhstan. Not that Boratís home country necessarily needs much improving as evidenced by Boratís initial tour of his home village in which his sister is the "number four prostitute in whole of Kazakhstan" (and sheís got a trophy to prove it!).
Nevertheless, Borat ventures to New York City where he proceeds to offend and appall countless citizens in his journey towards enlightenment. Along the way Borat gets a bit derailed as he discovers the majesty that isÖPamela Anderson. Suddenly, making benefit glorious nation of Kazakhstan becomes a bit less important than making Pam his new wife.
Thus ensues one of the wackiest and most hysterical road trips ever conceived as Borat and his trusty sidekick, Azamat (Ken Davitian) travel west across the country in hopes of capturing the heart of "Baywatch" star, Pamela Anderson. In the process, Borat manages to offend, embarrass, and generally make "many funnytimes" in his first feature.
Sacha Baron Cohen is often considered a brilliant comedian, but his performance in Borat clearly will elevate him into the comedic stratosphere with the likes of Steve Carell and Will Ferrell. There are already talks of a sequel and if the publicís reception to this first installation of Boratís absurd escapades is any indication, this is a franchise that will be around for awhile. Brilliantly offensive humor doesnít come around like this too often.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
by Matt Forsman on Nov 02, 2006
images courtesy of 20th Century Fox
Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat
Borat getting some sun