Written by Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Peter Baynham, Dan Mazer
Directed by Larry Charles
2007 - 20th Century Fox
Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian.
Eclectic Rating: stars
Borat, one of the characters made famous by comic actor Sacha Baron Cohen on British television and then in the United States via HBO, is offensive and moronic, yet endearing and funny. This is completely stupid, completely funny comedy.
Borat is a journalist from Kazakhstan, who travels to the United States to film a documentary about America and it's varied cultures. His perception of American culture isn't consistent with reality, and therein lies the humor. He falls in love with Pamela Anderson after watching an episode of Bay Watch in his hotel during his first night in the U.S.
The remainder of the film follows as he begins his Journey to California to marry her. Going from social disaster after social disaster along the way. If you appreciate funny, aren't easily offended, and like something different, get this movie.
My face only used about three expressions while I watched Borat. First was disbelief and shock in what I was seeing followed by complete surprise and laughter, with moments of digust thrown in for good measure. I mumbled things like, "Oh no..." or "I can't believe it," and "He just..." throughout the film.
This movie is fresh, though Borats antics are not, considering he was doing this stuff on "Da Ali G Show" for a while. It required a movie like this to present this character to those of us who don't watch TV that often.
One review at Amazon.com mentioned that while the character of Borat is funny, "what is funnier is watching the reaction to the character by the people that he is duping," And that couldn't be more true. The candid aspect is what makes this movie really work.
Most of the people in this film were not actors, and had signed a release to consent being filmed for a "documentary." After Borat became so popular I think some disgruntled "filmees" tried to sue the filmmakers.
In all I found Borat to be incredibly entertaining. That's why I bought it, so I can watch it again. Even the packaging reflects the comical nature of the film. If you like twisted humor, bizarre slapstick, and just plain funny situations, with a doss of the inappropriate, you'll love Borat.
Find Borat at Amazon.com (paid link)More about Borat at IMDb.com
Last Update: 09 May, 2019