Alright, before we get into the Borat
review, you should make sure you're ready for the following: jokes, humor, political satire, ethnic stereotyping, sexism, wrestling, naked wrestling, ice cream trucks, references to '90s TV shows, bears, Southern hospitality, rodeos, animal cruelty, Kazakhi wedding ceremonies, and RVs with frat boys traveling across the country.
Now that we've got that out of the way, you can fully enjoy Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan
. The film is basically a mockumentary that follows the fifth most famous person in Kazakhstan, Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen) and his producer Azamat (Ken Davitian) as they are sent to America to learn about those "cultural learnings" in the title. Of course, once they get there, Borat is mystified by America' greatest contribution to the entire world:
Actually, Pamela Anderson in Baywatch
. And once he learns where California is, there' no stopping him and a driving montage set to some good ol' Steppenwolf! But along the way, Borat convinces Azamat to take a look at American culture, as they participate in an etiquette class, sing the Kazakhstan national anthem at a rodeo, and even find a friendly parade in Washington, D.C.
People have complained recently that the humor in Borat
is racist, sexist, or just plain wrong. Kazakhstan has criticized Cohen for the character he portrays, and 20th Century Fox even cut the amount of theaters the film would show by a thousand. And then there' the unstoppable publicity for Borat as Cohen shows up in full costume to special screenings or public appearances. There' a good chance he hasn't taken off that outfit for the last three years.
And there' the appeal in this: sure, it may seem like a bunch of the old sketches threaded together, but Borat
is inspiring. Here, we have a man undaunted by the challenges life throws at him, and instead responds with a fierce determination.
Like buying a bear for protection when he can't afford a gold-plated 9mm, or when he haphazardly fumbles around a Civil War antiques shop and causes a few hundred dollars worth of damage.
You can say whatever you want about Cohen or the Borat character but this guy' still a comic genius. Every public appearance is well crafted, and even the scripted moments seem like a look into this crazy mustached man' life. But if this film had a defining aspect, it'd be easy to sum it up as-and we're stealing this line from the BBC' review that panned this-bear goes poo in ice cream truck!
Oh, and the manliest display of two Kazakh men fighting that doubles as hardcore porn.
Take the time to learn about Borat' cultural learning. And you will stand proud with the rest of the audience as the Kazakhstan national anthem is sounded for the world!
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