Review #288 of 365
Film: Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) [R] 82 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $5.50
Where Viewed: United Artists Denver Pavilions Stadium 15, Denver, CO
20th Century Fox Advance Screening
When 1st Seen: 26 October 2006
Time: 10:00 p.m.
Film's Official Website
DVD Release Date: unscheduled
Directed by: Larry Charles ("Curb Your Enthusiasm")
Screenplay by: Sacha Baron Cohen ("Da Ali G Show"), Anthony Hines ("Does Doug Know?"),Peter Baynham ("I Am Not an Animal"), and Dan Mazer ("Dog Bites Man")
Story by: Sacha Baron Cohen, Peter Baynham, Anthony Hines, Todd Phillips (Starsky & Hutch)
Featured Cast (Where You Might Remember Him/Her From):
Sacha Baron Cohen (Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby) • Ken Davitian (Holes)
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Note: This review is guest written by our film correspondent in Uzbekistan, Shavkat Karimov
Sacha Baron Cohen does an amazing job portraying Borat and keeping up this complex character. His co-star Ken Davitian who plays his faux tv-film producer, Azaman Bagatov, also does a really good job in his role. There are numerous parts of the film that would be just right on the money in humor were it not for the fact that the success of Borat depends entirely on the 'rube fish out of water' concept of the Beverly Hillbillies. Almost none of the film would be funny if it had been about Londoner Sacha Baron Cohen on a USA cross-country trip to marry Pa-may-la Anderson after seeing her in one episode of Baywatch on late-night television. So, go, see the film, laugh out loud, get it out of your system, and then sit down and really think about this film and what it means. Think about why you laughed at things that really aren't funny. Put the shoe on the other foot, and think about a movie like this being made by an actor born in Toronto pretending to be a person from the USA going to China to discover useful things to take back to the USA. Suppose he used gross stereotypes of what USAers are like to form his character, and then took this 'rube' to China and had him pull these stunts as a representative of the USA. Some how, I don't think USAers would find the resulting film quite so funny. It's easy, maybe one of the easiest forms of humor, to make fun of other people like this film does most of the time. It is more difficult, however, to develop real comedy via situations and depth of character. SBC has the skills in abundance, he just didn't put them to their finest use in this film. Thank you for your time. I, Shavkant, did not mean to take so much of it. I hope Borat will come to Uzbekistan and try to repair his relationship with my people.
*Note: This review was not written by Shavkant. Rather it was written by the usual film critic simply for effect.
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Other Projects Featuring Borat: Cultural Learnings of America
for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
Sacha Baron Cohen • Ken Davitian
Writing and Story Team
Peter Baynham • Anthony Hines • Dan Mazer • Todd Phillips
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Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) Review-lite [150-word cap]
Note: This review was written by Shavkat Karimov
First I should point out this film is not real. The character of Borat was created by Cohen for his British TV show. Second, this movie is not really funny. It might make you laugh, but you will regret it later when you realize what you were laughing at. Cohen does an amazing job portraying Borat and keeping up this complex character, unfortunately this "rube out of water" story keeps getting fresher and better…NOT.
*Actually, this review was NOT written by Shavkat, Shavkat was a character I created to write this review.