dir. by Larry Charles
Script: Anthony Hines, Dan Mazer, Peter Baynham, Sacha Baron Cohen, Todd Philips
Cast: Ken Davitian, Luenell, Sacha Baron Cohen
Rated : 9 Stars
Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
It is pretty impossible to review this film, because it is, in essence, just some fucked up shit happening across the “US and A”, but is hilarious. I don’t think I’ve laughed so much in ages, and certainly never when trying not to look at what was going on on screen.
I was never that impressed by the Borat character on the telly, but Cohen does a marvellous job here, never breaking character and always coming across with just enough, I’m not sure what to call it, vulnerability or innocence maybe, whatever it is, it enables him to get away with things and to let people open up and agree with him, or explain that a Hummer might kill a few gypsies even if only travelling at 35 miles an hour.
The beauty of the Borat character is that is makes everyone look bad. If you just smile and nod politely then you come across as though you are agreeing with him and his anti-whichever race he is insulting at the moment. If you walk off in disgust, well then you really can’t take a joke. Although how exactly you are supposed to take a joke if you don’t know it is a joke I’m not sure. And if you start to show your true feelings and agree that “gays should be strung up”, well, enough said.
Still, that is all far too serious for this film, because basically Borat is a film that lets us laugh at everyone while keeping our sense of being so much better than those people in the film.
Though I do hope that those frat boys, the ones who proclaimed that you should sleep with as many women as possible and never call them back because you don’t respect them, are made famous by this, and never ever ever get a girl, ever again.
Hilarious, but so very very wrong, in so many many ways.