Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Movie Review: Borat

The movie Borat features the British comedian Sasha Baron Cohen, most well known for his Ali G character, as Borat, a reporter from Kazakhstan who travels to the United States to research the American way and report back to his country. At his hotel in New York, he catches Baywatch on TV and decides to travel to California in pursuit of Pamela Anderson. Borat and his producer road trip in an old ice cream truck, encountering various aspects of America along the way, including a rodeo, a yard sale, an evangelical Christian meeting. Borat is as offensive as one can possibly imagine- he hates and fears Jewish people and thinks women should be slaves- and this movie is anything but tame. I'm surprised that it didn't get slapped with an NC-17 rating, especially with the grotesque extended male nudity scene, which was both the most disgusting and most hilarious thing I've ever seen. Everyone in the theater was screaming in horror, laughing, covering their eyes, or doing a combination of all three. I also wasn't sure if the people he encounters are actors or actual Americans voicing their own offensive opinions. Some, like the car salesman, were funny as hell and seemed genuine. Borat declares that he would like to buy a car to attract the type of women who shave "down there," and the salesman, without skipping a beat, responds "you're looking for a Corvette." Others, like the USC frat boys in the RV, I hope are actors, because otherwise, they are just too pathetic for words. Even though the movie is essentially a one trick pony (comedian pretending to be a foreigner goes around simultaneously offending Americans and exposing their own prejudices), it will make you laugh out loud as well as ponder how large, diverse, and strange our nation truly is. I also recommend seeing it in a theater, because the reactions of the audience definitely enhance the experience.

6 comments:

mj said...

Jamie and I went to see it last night. I enjoyed it. Jamie said it could be one of the funniest movies he has ever seen. The chicken scenes were my favorite.

eileen said...

My favorite was the naked part, and when Borat thinks the woman having a yard sale is a gypsy.

mance01 said...

Seriously. I think a little piece of my soul died watching that.

But I'd gladly give it up again.

kris said...

Nah, they're all real peole, RT. MSNBS tracked down a bunch of them. And recently some guy on MetaFilter asked a question for his friend, who ended up in the movie and was embarrassed. The friend? Turned out to be one of the RV guys. *yowch*

eileen said...

Wow. I, for one, have no sympathty for those people who got tricked by Borat, especially those frat boys. What a bunch of douchebags.

Daniel Conway said...

Best Movie of the Year!

SBC is a genius. If you don't like it, you're lame.