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      27.07.2014 11:03
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      No plot, not funny, a sheer disappointment of a film

      Borat it supposed to be a comedy film, but in my opinion, it lacks flow and is simply not funny at all.

      Borat is played by Sacha Baron Cohen, badly i might at. His voice throughout the film is very annoying. What seems like an attempt on being funny turns into discriminating remarks in some cases and insest in others.

      I love my comedy films, and i am very easily amused at the best of times, but i can not enjoy a film with no story, or plot at all. Borat starts off in his home town, where he shows you round his village, and snogs his sister, which i found to be not funny at all, rather sickening to be honest. He then visits the United States where his string of unfunny comments continue. I simply can not understand what people find so funny about this film.

      Borat visits places to make a documentary, or at least, that is the idea of the film but it side tracks completely. He refers to Jewish people being bad, which, i did not really find funny at all. I think that could be offensive to Jewish people.

      As mentioned earlier, i really do enjoy my comedies, so i am not reviewing this as someone who does not, but i fail to see the funny side of the film. However, the reviews of this film in papers, from critics and from the general public including my friends are all really good, all have said it is very funny.

      This would be a good film if you where half asleep! But in my opinion, it is awful.

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      28.10.2012 12:59
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      Excellent film, loved every minute, highly recommended.

      There are very few movies who push it as far as you can go, and this is one of them. Banned in Kazakhstan for obvious reasons this film ridicules the Kazakh way of life, and upholding some pretty offensive jokes about the Kazakh people. The movie was very well directed, and with Sacha Baron Cohen as the main character, it was quite an amusing one at that.

      The plot is simple and easy to understand, Borat, a news reporter/journalist from Kazakhstan is sent to America with the idea that (as is in the title) "Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" - He is sent to film and report in America and understand the American cultural way of life.

      He soon becomes distracted from the task at hand when he sees Pamela Anderson on TV and decides he wants to track her down and marry her. When he runs out of money and his colleague leaves him on his own, he is forced to sleep rough as he struggles to make it from east coast to west coast.

      I think the acting in the film was actually quite good, the only concern i have is the very obviously staged scenes like when the bear jumps out the ice cream van (it get's that weird, yes) and the kids run away. There is too big a pause and we know the children are acting because they don't seem that scared, they just scream a bit and run effortlessly away.

      There are a number of hilarious jokes and references in this film and it really is a Marmite thing, you either love them or hate them. They're offensive, yes, but that's what makes them so good, because very few films actually go that far and actually BE offensive deliberately. I find the humour used is my sort of humour. It's very stupid, and sarcastic.

      There are certain aspects of this film that make me question why 15 year olds can watch this, for example there is a fight where two men are bare naked running through a hotel slapping each other. You can't see their private parts but this is quite obviously something inappropriate none the less, for children of this age. The list of random stuff like this goes on and on.

      Overall i would recommend this film, but if you are easily offended, and one of the following: Jewish, Kazakh, American, Uzbek, Christian, Gypsy, or pretty much anyone, then you might want to steer clear. References to you have been made in this film, and will obviously offend.

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        05.04.2012 16:40
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        Overall its a brilliant watch - I would reccomend this :-)

        About the movie

        The full title of this movie is Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan... but most simply refer to it as "Borat"... The film was released in cinema's in 2006... It was then released on DVD on 5th March 2007. Borat has so far made over $260 million worldwide. It stars the excellent english comedian Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat - who also wrote and produced it. For this movie Sacha won the 2007 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor: Musical/Comedy while the film was nominated for Best Motion Picture in the same category. The movie itself was knocked constantly by critics before it was even released. Although Sacha is acting, most of the rest of the movie features interactions with other people who are not actors. Most Arab countries actually banned this movie whilst Russia discouraged their cinema's not to show it.

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        The Plot

        Borat Sagdiyev is famous in his home country of Kazakstan as a TV presenter. Borat is extremely sexist (he doesnt see women as being equal to men) and he also hates Jewish people (He thinks they are all evil and devil-like). We learn a few things about Borat in the earlier parts of the mobie such as he is of Slavic descent and he also states he was born on 27 February 1972. The opening scenes in the movie are actually filmed in Kazakstan - in Borats hometown, Kuzcek, Kazakh SSR (which of course is a fictional place) in these scenes he introduces his family and the "colourful" town charecters. These include his mother (who is seen shouting abuse at him), his sister Natalya (who is "the number four best prostitute in all of Kazakhstan" and the town rapist - Boltok the Rapist, who is also stated to be his maternal grandfather as well as his brother and uncle.

        Borat is chosen to go to America to film a documentary on life in the USA to bring his findings home to Kazakstan. He leaves his crazy town behind and flys off to America with his fellow kazakhstanian producer Azamat Bagatov, and his pet chicken. Most of the americans in the film believe he is a genuinne foreigner with no understanding of their country or customs.

        The main aim of the plot is Borat watching Baywatch on the TV and falling instantly in love with Pamela Anderson. He then believes he cannot do anything about his obsession as his wife will likely cut off his balls. He then recieves a telemessage that his wife was killed by a bear. He is quite ecstatic about the news - he then proceeds to buy an old ice cream truck as a method of transport and makes the long journey across the country to reach California and meet his true love.

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        My Verdict

        There is plenty of gags and humour in this film but some of the stuff that is played out is unbelievable how he has managed to get away with bringing this to the big screen. Its sure to be offended many people. In my opinion though its a really funny film and everyone should watch this :-)

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          05.08.2010 21:21

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          it's me borat!

          A movie which will make you cry out with laughter! You'll either be wetting yourself or bursting blood vessels in your face!
          Ali-G was so 2000, Sacha Baron Cohen makes a huge comeback with one of his famous characters, Borat, which his story has been made into a movie for the first time in history!

          Borat is from Kazakhstan and is Jewish, Borat is now off to America to learn more about the country and not forgetting to look for the love of his life, Pamela Anderson after watching her on Baywatch - yes doing the famous baywatch run! So with the help of his friend Azamat they travel thousands of miles until they hit JFK airport. So they're off - visiting the culture of America and partying their life away in some very weird spots and Borat meets a girl named Luenell - a prositute who joins Borat and Azamat.
          As they travel Borat and Azamat have falls out and they fall out big time after Azamat finds out that Borat was lying about why they were travelling to Calfornia and Azamat wished that they had stayed in New York but will Borat ever marry the love of his life or even meet the woman herself Pamela?

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          Sacha Baron Cohen : Borat
          Ken Davitian : Azamat
          Luenell : as herself
          Pamela Anderson as herself

          director : Larry Charles
          runtime : 1 hr and 20 minutes
          certificate : 15

          I was laughing so much in this film that I was in so much pain from laughing , even wetting myself a little bit! I will warn you though it is a very, very rude film and not something anyone under the age of 15 should watch but it one heck of a giggle!

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          31.05.2010 22:58
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          An overall good and funny watch! Recommend it

          Sacha Baron Cohen has always been a genius to me especially with 'Da Ali G Show' so when he bought out the Borat film i was very interested to see how daring he would be with his new character...The answer? He is a very very brave man!

          The Story
          Borat Sagdiyev (Sacha Baron Cohen) is the fourth most famous person in Kazakhstan. He travels to America to make a documentary about life there but gets side tracked when he watches Baywatch and falls in love with Pamela Anderson. He makes his way through the US and A with a camera crew following to try and find his love. On his way he interviews people and meets up with some minor celebrities. It is fair to say that these interviews do not always go to plan and Borat is often left wondering what he had said that offended them...Something that is obvious to you and me. After offending the Womens Rights organisation and smashing up an antiques store, will he get to meet the love of his life?

          What to Expect
          If you have heard about Borat you will know to expect some very offensive behaviour but it is hilariously funny to watch. Furthermore, you can expect some genuine and very real reactions from people. Overall, it is a very clever film and my hat goes off to Sacha Baron Cohen, he has guts!

          He portrays the character very well, and you soon forget that 'it is the that guy that was Ali G'. Instead he completely brings it into his own, moustache and all! He never steps out of character and it comes to a point where you do actually forget that you are watching an actor.

          The overall mockumentary (see what i did there) doesn't show Americans in the best of light...though Borat does put words in there mouths and generally is rather horrible. This is all for a good cause, our entertainment. To be honest there are some things that are a little offensive, even for me but that is what he is known best for doing.

          I actually first saw Borat appear on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, I had never heard of him before or knew what he did. However, after watching the show I discovered this film and can only say...wow!

          Features on the DVD
          On the DVD you will find these features:
          Global P.R tour
          Sexy Drown Watch
          Deleted Scenes
          Rodeo News Report
          Musical Informercial
          It can be English or Russian audio but only has english subtitles.
          Run Time: Approximately 80 minutes

          Is it for you?
          If you are offended by anything quite easily just stay away from this film, its not for you. However, if you don't mind laughing at other people and you enjoyed Ali G then i reckon this would be a good choice. It is a certificate 15 because there is very strong language and quite a few sexual references and nudity!

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          19.03.2010 21:59
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          Really worth a watch for a fun film

          Ok well first of all you need to be willing to sit down with this film, be ready to laugh at some silly humour and not take it seriously. If you can do this you will really enjoy Borat, but if you don't like silly/immature humour I don't think you will.

          The film is about Borat (obviously) from Kazakhstan, he travels to America to learn about the country and try to help his own. Borat meets several people along the way and to be quite honest winds them up. Most of them don't know that he is winding them up, however we do which makes for some good humour.

          One example I can give you of the silly humour is someone knocks at Borat's door and tells him that his wife is dead, he then replies 'my wife is dead?!high five!'. Some will find this not funny at all and quite silly but I have to be honest, I thought it was just another funny part of a hilarious film.

          If you like Ali G or have seen Borat on the previous TV series you will like this film, I wouldn't recommend watching this with your children as there is one scene which is quite graphic sexually in terms of Borat and his friend wrestling/fighting!

          I enjoyed this film a lot at the cinema and by the sound of the cinema at the time a lot of others did too. I then also purchased the film on DVD as I liked it that much.

          The film is available on DVD for around £3 which is a bargain, if you think it sounds like your cup of tea then definitely give it a go. Even my 50 year old parents were laughing at it!

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          03.03.2010 18:35
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          A very funny watch

          One of the most disturbing movies that I have seen, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" is a very very funny and a fantastic watch, except when Sacha Baron Cohen has a naked wrestle with his big fat hairy friend, enough to put you off your dinner for life.


          ~~Theme~~

          The movie is a comedy created from the very popular Borat character of Sacha Baron Cohen collection first appearing on his Ali G television program. It is a pure comedy flick created by the filming of real world reactions to extraordinary events of the American public, when subjected to the insults and misinterpretation of cultural understanding by Borat.


          ~~Plot~~

          The movie is based around the character Borat, a television reporter from Kazakhstan who is sent to America in the aim of increasing the cultural understanding for the Kazakhstan people.

          The comedy starts right from the off, with Borat introducing his family to the audience and showing you round his village with his neighbour, the local rapist. His journey to the USA then has Borat attending lessons in humour and etiquette, as well as other very funny situations, until he falls deeply in love with Pamela Anderson while watching Baywatch.

          His fascination turns quickly to an obsession, leading him to leave his co-worker in an aim to seek out Pamela and marry her. This is the main storyline for the remainder of the movie and is full of laughs all the way to the end, although some of it cringe worthy.


          ~~Cast and Crew~~

          The main role of Borat is played by Sacha Baron Cohen, who is the main and pretty much the only true actor in the movie.

          It is written by Sasha Baron Cohen and Anthony Hines and directed by Larry Charles.


          ~~Overall~~

          Overall, the movie is extremely funny and I would definitely recommend it to be watched, although it may not be to everyone's taste. Some of the scenes are genius, especially when Borat attends a rodeo full of patriotic Americans and sings the "Kazakhstan national anthem" in the tune of the USA national anthem, with the lines "Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan the greatest country in the world..." and so on. The expressions on the Yanks faces is priceless. A must see. 5 stars.

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            20.02.2010 12:10
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            great film

            Borat, or Borat: Cultural Learning's of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan to give the film its full title, is a 2006 film from Sacha Baron Cohen. Borat is another one of this comedy genius's made up characters, and whilst there had been snippets of Borat in many of his previous TV shows, this character had yet to really come to life, which he more than did in his own feature film.

            Borat is a famous TV presenter in his home country of Kazakhstan, so therefore he is sent, by their government over to America to make a documentary about how life, and culture is over there. Borats journey included many real life situations, apparently all the footage is real and doesn't contain any actors which I think in the most part is believable.

            Most of the film is Borat learning things about American culture, so talking to Americans, and having lessons in certain things Americas. However across his visit he also watches an episode of Baywatch and falls in love with Pamela Anderson and he then makes it his wish to find her and take her back to Kazakhstan with him as his wife.

            This film is really very funny, there are just some really great moments in here, some really cringe worthy but still funny none the less. The character is just so good, and played so well, and I think the fact that its all shot in America makes it even funnier as they just believe this guy is real and go along with everything, if you've not seen this one yet, give it a go.

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              26.11.2009 22:23
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              Not all smooth, but plenty to laugh at here

              note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room

              Sacha Baron Cohen first became known to audiences when he introduced us to the character Ali G, who then had the film Ali G: Indahouse, which was something of a cultural phenomenon, and then managed to get famous in America thanks to its enduring popularity. After he became tired of that character, due to people's overfamiliarity with it, he decided to come up with a new one: Borat Sagdiyev, a Kazakh TV personality who has been comissioned by the Ministry of Information to make a documentary, and heads over to America where he has an instant culture clash with various questionable areas of America, such as the deep South.

              Borat, or Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan as is its full title, is a clever satire that benefits from not only Cohen's immersive performance in the lead role, but from Curb Your Enthusiasm director Larry Charles's comic timing, and the fact that while some of these skits are clearly planned, the vast majority of them are "real", or at least as real as is possible with ensuring Cohen's safety, making for some daringly candid moments that expose the racist, sexist, and homophobic underbelly of some parts of America.

              It's a very daring film that probes deep within the heart of America and cleverly mocks several aspects of their culture while making Borat something of a prat himself, with his constant feuds with his producer Bagatov (Ken Davitian) ultimately overcoming the production of the film. It may be a tad overrated, but Borat is still well made and funny. One must wonder how funny a man's accent and misnomers can be before it gets trite, but one must respect Cohen's ability to push the controversy and crudeness buttons at the same time, while providing probing insight.

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              17.11.2009 17:56
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              Fantastic comedy

              Sacha Baron Cohen plays as his crazy Kazak character, Borat who has been commissioned by his own government to travel to the U, S and A to discover American culture.

              On his travels, he stumbles upon Baywatch and becomes obsessed with Pamela Anderson which compells him to seek her out whilst trying to keep his companion and producer, Azamat out of the loop.

              Just like in Da Ali G Show, Borat's main aim is to meet with real life Americans and discuss current issues and cultural differences. Baron Cohen's way of portraying a naive, cut-off and borderline ignorant foreigner who causes embarassment whilst unknowingly ridiculing them is ingenious.

              There are many scenes which are absolutely cringe-worthy but hilarious too and have you thinking how did he manage to get this in one take before being arrested several times a day.

              Be warned that the mockumentary style movie has a tendency to show some individual's true colours and may be attempts to form shocking stereotypes. I cannot comprehend why the guys in the camper agreed to using the footage of them after their drunken comments about women and the racist Texan was just funny due to his sheer ignorance!

              For the above reasons, I would not recommend this movie to those easily offended however, for the readers out there who enjoy seeing awkwardness that makes you cringe and think 'HOW??' - this is definitely a good shout.

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              24.09.2009 12:33
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              I really enjoyed it

              This film shows Sacha Baren Cohen (aka Ali G), playing 'Borat'. The film shows him in his 'hometown' in Kazakstahn, where he describes his family as racists and talks about incest with his family. Obviously the people in the village dont know what hes saying. I watched a documentary about the people in the village, and they wanted to take Borat to court as they were really insulted when the film came out. They were also only paid $4 for appearing in the film.

              Borat is an interviewer trying to discover more about US culture and customs. He manages to insult or make people feel uncomfortable wherever he goes.

              You do feel sorry for him at times, like when he sees the porn film that the love of his life Pamela Anderson has made. Hes heartbroken, and seeks solace in a church. A very happy clappy church. Its one of the funniest bits of the film, seeing these business men running around like loons praising the lord.

              Theres a great ending to this film, involving pamela, which I wont give away but it really is hilarious.

              This film is out to shock, its cringeworthy, it will make you shriek with horror at what he does. I dont know how sacha keeps a straight face, he really is a great actor!

              At the moment you can get this film for £3 in HMV, its well worth buying!

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                17.08.2009 14:42
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                Watch again and again, it gets funnier and funnier.

                Borat is the creation of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, and this film "mockumentary" follows Borat on his travels across America where he has been tasked with finding out how the American people behave and treat other people, so he can learn these traits and take them back to his homeland of Kazakhstan.

                We follow Borat meeting people to discuss how to act at a dinner party (where he invites a prostitute much to the shock of the upper class residents), how to drive a car correctly, at a bullfight meeting (where he sings his own version of the Kazakhstan national anthem, which includes derogatory terms aimed at the Americans), and other comical little mini adventures.

                But whilst watching the TV in one of his hotel rooms, he sees Pamela Anderson on Baywatch and without telling his management, he changes direction and heads for Hollywood so he can meet her and marry her.

                The quest that he sets himself is such a clever thing to come up with, and how he has the "balls" to do some of the things he does is pretty impressive. Some people may find this film unfunny and offensive, but for peeple who see it as a joke, it is a great, clever film.

                The extras on the dvd are fab as well, why some of the scenes on the "deleted scenes" reel were deleted, i'll never know!

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                  14.08.2009 10:03
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                  enjoyable and funny movie

                  This is a film only review on the Borat film.This is the second movie which has come out with one of the characters created and performed by Sacha Baron Cohen. After Ali G and before Bruno we have Borat-a television presenter from Kazakhstan. It is a hilarious film but if you are easily offended it may not be totally recommended.

                  The film stars Borat Sagdiyev( Sach Baron Cohen) who is a TV reporter of a popular show in Kazakhstan and is Kazakhstan's sixth most famous man and a leading journalist. He is selected by his Government to travel to the United States of America and report on the country's society and culture. Borat upon arrival decides to take a course in New York City to understand American humor. While watching Baywatch on TV, Borat discovers how beautiful their women are in the form of C. J. Parker, who was played by actress Pamela Anderson who hails from Malibu, California. He decides to go on a cross-country road trip to California in an attempt to make her his wife and take her back to his country. On his journey Borat and his producer Azamat Bagatov (Ken Davitian) discover a country full of strange and wonderful Americans. They meet a wide range of people with quite hysterical outcomes.

                  Borat is a hilarious movie which has you laughing out loud on quite a few occasions. If satire is not your cup of tea then this movie isn't for you but if you can sit back, relax and really take in whats going on and realise that Cohen isn't Borat (Cohen comes from a strict Jewish background) then you will be able to enjoy this movie and it's bizarre one-liners and graphic jokes.

                  He meets a wide range of people and no one is safe: Borat takes on Jews, blacks, gays, feminists, middle-Americans, religious fanatics, frat boys. He does all this with his sense of humour, which this movie shows most Americans seem to lack. Overall it is an enjoyable and funny movie which will have you laughing out loud.


                  Film details:

                  Directed by: Larry Charles

                  Produced by:

                  Sacha Baron Cohen
                  Jay Roach

                  Written by:

                  Sacha Baron Cohen
                  Peter Baynham
                  Anthony Hines
                  Dan Mazer
                  Todd Phillips

                  Starring:

                  Sacha Baron Cohen
                  Ken Davitian
                  Luenell
                  Pamela Anderson

                  Distributed by 20th Century Fox

                  Release date November 2006

                  Running time 84 minutes

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                  13.08.2009 14:29
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                  One to laugh out loud, especially if you're not being targeted!

                  The success this movie had was, without a doubt, quite impressive, especially in the USA: "Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" is politically incorrect from the first to the last scene. Made in a "mocumentary" format (a fake documentary used for comedy purposes) the movie deals, with heavy irony, with some of the most delicate themes in modern society, such as racism, antisemitism and the exacerbated nationalism of North Americans. Its success gave rise to large box office earnings and won Sacha Baron Cohen the Golden Globe award for best comedy actor. Could the North American market actually have become more liberal and open minded to explicitly infamous jokes?

                  The mocumentary is conducted by Borat Sagdiyev (Cohen), the second best reporter of Kazakhstan. In the first moments of the movie he presents the village where he lives, an extremely poor place with little signs of modern civilization. It is right there that the character shows the public his lack of concern with incest, lack of hygiene or having a cow as a pet inside the house. Everything is hilariously miserable and one realizes that humor has no limits here and it is best to just go with the flow.

                  The journalist is recruited by the government of Kazakhstan to make a documentary about the USA to learn with "the most glorious nation in the World" and improve the situation for the people in Kazakhstan. When arriving in the USA with his innocence, precarious culture and unfunded prejudice, Borat literally spreads terror among Americans, either by trying to kiss strangers, chocking feminists by saying women have brains the same size as squirrel's or making sexual jokes about his mentally handicapped brother to someone that was supposed to teach him jokes.

                  Through his innocent posture Cohen finds a brilliant way to use humor to expose prejudice and make the public consider their own prejudices. I have to admit that some scenes are very dispensable, being used only to cause shock and discomfort among the viewers. Still, the movie is intelligently cynic to comically criticize not only North American culture but inter-racial relations as a whole.

                  The whole concept of using a documentary to discover American society works rather well; more than making people laugh, Borat tries to show the petty side of their culture and the funniest moment in the movie are the ones joking about the nationalism of Americans. Some are so surreal that one even doubts the honesty of the production... could the interviewees know what was happening?

                  The best thing about the movie is the performance of the English actor. He uses a hilarious accent and has an innocent but bizarre vision of the world. His prejudices are so absurd that nobody can take them seriously, or can they?

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                  12.08.2009 18:05
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                  A pure classic that leaves you in stitches

                  Borat Sagdiyev (Sacha Baron Cohen) is a TV reporter in Kazakhstan. He is sent to America by the government to make a documentary about American life and culture so it will help to improve Kazakhstan as a whole. When Borat is in America he attends a few interviews to try and understand the American way of life but this all end with hilarious consequences. However whilst in his room he sees Baywatch and falls in love with C.J. Parker who was played by Pamela Anderson. He decides that he must find Pamela and persuades his producer Azamat (Ken Davitian) that they must travel across America to Hollywood in order for him to marry Pamela. On their journey they continue their documentary about America with some more hilarious scenes.

                  It is hard to pick out any scene in this film that is the best because all will have you laughing however the fight that Borat and Azamat have towards the end of the film had me and my friends in stitches. This scene still makes me laugh and the first time you watch it, it is so funny it will hurt to laugh by the end of it.

                  At times some of the scenes are pure unadulterated cringe-worthiness. It shows up the narrow mindedness of some American people and some scenes will have you shocked at the racism and inability of some Americans to accept or understand other cultures. This film really worries you as to what goes on in some parts of supposedly the greatest country in the world.

                  This film is just pure comedy brilliance from start to finish and Sacha Baron Cohen is a genius. I don't know anyone who hasn't watched this film and not enjoyed it or not laughed at any bit.

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                It takes a certain kind of comic genius to create a character who is, to quote the classic Sondheim lyric, appealing and appalling. But be forewarned: Borat is not "something for everyone." It arrives as advertised as one of the most outrageous, most offensive, and funniest films in years. Kazakhstan journalist Borat Sagdiyev (Sacha Baron Cohen reprising the popular character from his Da Ali G Show, leaves his humble village to come to "U.S. of A" to film a documentary. After catching an episode of Baywatch in his New York hotel room, he impulsively scuttles his plans and, accompanied by his fat, hirsute producer (Hardy to his Laurel), proceeds to California to pursue the object of his obsession, Pamela Anderson. Borat is not about how he finds America; it's about how America finds him in a series of increasingly cringe-worthy scenes. Borat, with his '70s mustache, well-worn grey suit, and outrageously backwards attitudes (especially where Jews are concerned) interacts with a cross-section of the populace, catching them, a la Alan Funt on Candid Camera, in the act of being themselves. Early on, an unwitting humour coach advises Borat about various types of jokes. Borat asks if his brother's retardation is a ripe subject for comedy. The coach patiently replies, "That would not be funny in America." NOT! Borat is subversively, bracingly funny. When it comes to exploring uncharted territory of what is and is not appropriate or politically correct, Borat knows no boundaries, as when he brings a fancy dinner with the southern gentry to a halt after returning from the bathroom with a bag of his feces ("The cultural differences are vast," his hostess graciously/patronisingly offers), or turns cheers to boos at a rodeo when he calls for bloodlust against the Iraqis and mangles "The Star Spangled Banner." Success, John F. Kennedy once said, has a thousand fathers. A paternity test on Borat might reveal traces of Bill Dana’s Jose Jimenez, Andy Kaufman, Michael Moore, The Jamie Kennedy Xperiment, and Jackass. Some scenes seem to have been staged (a game Anderson, whom Borat confronts at a book signing, was reportedly in on the setup), but others, as the growing litany of lawsuits attests, were not. All too real is Borat's encounter with loutish Southern frat boys who reveal their sexism and racism, and the disturbing moment when he asks a gun store owner what gun he would recommend to "kill a Jew" (a Glock automatic is the matter-of-fact reply). Comedy is not pretty, and in Borat it can get downright ugly, as when Borat and his producer get jiggly with it during a nude fight that spills out from their hotel room into the hallway, elevator, lobby and finally, a mortgage brokers association banquet. High-five! --Donald Liebenson