Borat Movie Review: Cultural Learnings for Who?

I know you have heard this several times by now, but Borat is truly one of the funniest movies ever made. In the style of the 'Da Ali G Show', Borat takes improve comedy to the big screen with an explosion.

Acting as a foreign journalist from the country 'Kazakhstan', Borat (aka Sacha Baron) travels the 'U.S. and A' interviewing people from all walks of life in hopes to gather information to create a better Kazakhstan. From the opening scene where Borat is performing news coverage of the 'Running of the Jew' in his native village, to the disgustingly grotesque dry-hump and dildo chase scene between Borat and his obese producer Azamat (Ken Davitian)- and every scene between- this movie has redefined the meaning of comedy.



Using the facade of an ignorant, know-no-better foreign reporter, Sacha Baron captures the side of America we all knew existed, yet, never really wanted to have recorded. From the ignorant racist to the pompous bureaucrat, Baron is able to exploit our values and show how some areas of this country are truly lacking in diversity of thought.




The movie uses comedy to expose some of this country's less desirable qualities, and yet, it's totally okay to laugh at. They offend everyone, and I mean EVERYONE: homosexuals, Jewish people, African Americans, women, southerners, politicians, college students, Christians and anyone else that has been given a title in this nation. No one is off-limits and nothing is taboo in this film. It hits you in the gut with images, and commentary that you would never believe possible to be displayed on the big screen, or any screen for that matter.


         



Nonetheless, comedy cures all and if this film teaches you anything it's that we should all be able to laugh at ourselves and hopefully learn a little something in the process. The title of the movie is 'Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan'. Before seeing the movie I believed this was simply comedic word play on poor English-speaking foreigners. Now, however, I'm almost tempted to assert that if you drop 'of Kazakhstan' from the title, the name is exactly what we should all take from the movie- cultural learnings to benefit (if only a little) our nation. Borat, is a must say for anyone with a funny bone, a strong stomach, and an open mind.




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