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Sacha Baron Cohen stars as Borat, a journalist from Kazakhstan who has come to America to make a documentary. While in New York, he sees "Baywatch" on TV and vows to go to California and marry Pamela Anderson. Off he goes across the country, meeting (and insulting) various groups along the way, including Jews, Christians, animal lovers, rodeo fans, fine diners, a doctor, and just about anyone else you can imagine. The vignettes were shot with real people, a la "Candid Camera," who react to the outrageous antics of the guileless and amazingly coarse Borat.

I'd heard that this movie was outrageous and vulgar and insulting and it certainly is - and also the funniest movie I can remember seeing. I laughed non-stop (while shaking my head in wonder at Borat's "victims": Why would they sign releases to let their footage appear in the movie?).

Borat never breaks character and keeps the joke up right to the end. His pride in his run-down country is sweet and his innocence is what makes the movie work. In the Extras, Borat appears on "The Tonight Show"...

Jay Leno: "What do you say to people who say your movie is homophobic and anti-Semitic?"

Borat: "Thank you!"

You'll either love it or think it's the most vulgar and offensive movie ever made. I loved it.
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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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