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  • Apr 19, 2007
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I must say that I'm a fan of Sacha Baron Cohen's "Da Ali G Show," and have enjoyed it for some time now. Borat was fun to watch as he made his way through the United States looking for people to agitate, disgust, anger, etc. However, in this film, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," Cohen runs the comedy well dry. The scripted moments of this film were the weakest points in the movie. **SPOILERS** The incident with the bear, the bickering with his producer, and the lonely nights pining for Pamela Anderson were lukewarm at best. I will say that the celebrated "naked fight" is very, very funny and is actually a highlight of the film. However, Cohen is at his best when he confronts people in candid moments. Be it at a church service, in the company of drunken frat boys, or at the dinner table, Cohen knows how to get funny (or at least brutally honest) responses from those he encounters. These types of interactions show just how cruel, ignorant, kind, proud, forgiving, or oblivious people can be when put into certain situations.

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The film itself is okay, but it's nothing more than an overdone "Borat" skit that is best taken in small doses. The DVD provides a few deleted scenes (some of the best being with the numerous police officers that Borat interacts with). It also includes a report on the Borat incident at a rodeo and a few other things that neither add to or take away from the film.

If you're familiar with Borat already and enjoy his antics, consider this a strong rental. If you're easily offended, don't bother. Overall, "Borat" is a funny film that has equal parts hilarity and unfunny idiocy in it. Even though I'm a fan of the TV series, I have no plans on purchasing this DVD. Rent it before you buy it, folks.

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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. and 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 humor 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 ...

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Director: Larry Charles
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: November 3, 2006
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2007
Runtime: 84 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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