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

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Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Review (8/10)
(By Liam Cullin)

The movie "Borat" opens with Kazakhstan's 2nd most famous reporter introducing himself and his country to the audience. We learn about Borat, his family (including his sister - the #4 prostitute in all of Kazakhstan), his neighbors (including his neighbor who is jealous because Borat owns an alarm clock) and a little bit about life in Kazakhstan (including the annual "Running of the Jews"). We also learn that Borat is being sent to the U.S. and A. to learn a little bit about America - for make benefit glorious nation of Kazakhstan as the title would suggest.

Along with his producer Azamat, Borat arrives in New York City. Things are going swimmingly for Borat (he takes a dump in front of Trump Towers!) until one day in his hotel room he catches an episode of Baywatch and falls in love with Pamela Anderson. Of course, since he is married, he can't do anything about it -- that is until he gets word from Kazakhstan that his wife has died. Quickly, he packs his bags and convinces Azamat that they'd learn more about the U.S. and A. by traveling across the country. Of course, he fails to mention that when they get to California, he plans to marry Pamela Anderson. So, Borat learns to drive and he and Azamat buy an ice cream truck (they're on a limited budget) and they begin their cross-country trek. Along the way they get into a series of misadventures which include, but are not limited to, singing the Kazakhstan national anthem at a rodeo, meeting a hooker, destroying an antiques shop, taking a bear along for the ride, participating in a gay pride parade, and accidentally finding themselves sleeping at a bed and breakfast owned by an old Jewish couple. Things turn sour, however, when Borat catches Azamat pleasuring himself to a picture of Pamela Anderson in a Baywatch magazine and the resulting fight is one of the grossest (but funniest) moments put to film in the last several years. After their blowout, Borat is left alone to find his way to California and you'll have to see the movie yourself to find out how it ends...

Borat is easily one of the most offensive yet funniest movies I have ever seen. The Jewish jokes alone are sure to offend just about anyone - but after the first 10-minutes, all those who would get offended enough to walk out of the theater will have left and you should be able to enjoy the movie comfortably without worrying that your laughter might add insult to injury. (It should be noted that star Sacha Baron Cohen is himself Jewish.) And the hotel fight? Gross - but hilarious. Watching a naked fat man sit on Borat's face is enough to make you gag and laugh out loud at the same time. There are so many funny moments here I can't even begin to remember them all.

Overall, there's not a lot bad to say about this movie. (If I was pressed to say, it'd be that people were laughing so hard I missed some of the jokes!) The overall concept is just a series of scenes featuring Borat in outrageous situations but they are all strung together well enough to make a coherent story. And since the movie really only features two stars (Borat and Azamat), the acting is about as good as you could expect. I'd actually give them more credit for the fact they could do half as much as they did with a straight face!

If you're the type who is easily offended, don't bother with this movie. But if you're the type who will laugh at pretty much anything, I can pretty much guarantee that Borat has everything you could want and more. Jagshemash!

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