Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

DailyView: Day 61, Movie 106

I have not seen Borat until today with the DailyView. I have seen the sequel: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, which came out on Amazon last year. Borat was another one of those movies that I did not think I would enjoy, so I avoided it. I thought there were some really funny moments in the sequel so I planned on watching Borat at some point. Today turned out to be the day.

Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen) was from the country of Kazakhstan and was a journalist. He was sent to America to learn about the culture there and to bring back what he could. Once in America, Borat saw Baywatch on TV and fell in love with Pamela Anderson. He dedicated himself to travel across the country to take Pamela for his sexy time.

I will tell you that there are some parts of this movie that are absolutely hilarious. Filmed in a mockumentary style, there are a ton of vignettes that feature Borat interacting with real people in America who are unaware of what is going on. The reactions of these people to the insanity of Baron Cohen is some of the funniest parts of the movie although it is difficult to believe sometimes that they are not at least suspicious that something was going on.

There were a ton of crass and offensive jokes used in the film under the guise of Borat being from another country and the Americans not sure if he understands what he is saying. There are moments where the film steps over the line and goes too far. Several moments make the audience cringe as much as they laugh.

Early on, some of the anti-sematic jokes were out of line, but when I discovered that Sasha Baron Cohen himself was Jewish, it showed how he was using these jokes to shine a light on some of the other people’s prejudices.

I am torn about the movie because there were a lot of times where I thought it crossed a line and made fun of things that should not be made fun of. However, I did laugh at most of it. It was a funny, inappropriate film that took some real chances. There are a couple of times when it was amazing that Borat was able to get out of the situation with his life.

If you offend easily, this one is probably not for you.

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