Saturday, November 11, 2006


Title: Borat! Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
Dir: Larry Charles
Rating: ***** out of 5 stars

Borat is gut-busting hilarious from the very beginning. Within the first three minutes, I knew I loved it.

Sacha Baron Cohen plays the titular Kazakhi who visits America to film a documentary. Borat is dimwitted, crude, and yet undeniably lovable. His naivete gets him into some uncomfortable scenarios - from naked man-wrestling in a hotel, to singing the Kazakhstan anthem at a redneck rodeo. Whether they be real or staged, every situation is jaw-dropping and hilarious. I haven't laughed this hard in a long time.

I can see why Kazakhstan feels misrepresented by the film, but c'mon, it's satire! America doesn't get its panties in a bunch everytime the Daily Show mocks it. Besides, Borat spends about five minutes satirizing Kazakhstan, and the rest of the film lampooning the United States. The film exposes all the ugly sides of America, especially the bigoted assholes (who fully deserve the public humiliation they got).

I can't even begin to describe how funny Borat it. You just gotta see it for yourself. Cohen is a hilarious, talented guy with balls of STEEL. If for some crazy reason you haven't already seen this movie, do yourself a favor and go see/download/rent/buy it right NOW.