Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev travels to America to make a documentary. As he zigzags across the nation, Borat meets real people in real situations with hysterical consequences. His backwards behavior generates strong reactions around him exposing prejudices and hypocrisies in American culture.
Don't listen to the negative reviews
There is, somehow, an interesting story here, as well as some good acting. There are also some good scenes
Exactly the movie you think it is, but not the movie you want it to be.
The story, direction, characters, and writing/dialogue is akin to taking a tranquilizer shot to the neck, but everything else was so well done.
The movie however it has come out made me think it's real. I mean not all but Borat as channel representative, his producer, the incident of national anthem and last but not the least Pamela Anderson incident. It took me to google out for real anthem and profile of real actors along with frequently asked questions on imdb followed by number of votes to find out that this 1hr20min treat is 100% work of fiction. Yes I would have fallen for a culture with such values, even if it put me on my toes. Thankfully it is total fiction and impeccable treat of humor.Tone, Script & Story: The story how two people from a channel in Kazakhstan interview Americans for their uplift of their society.Direction, Screenplay, Cinematography: I fell for this work of fiction as described earlier. It is that good. Acting: Borat nails it. Other actors are incredibly well too.Final Verdict: It is an Incredibly Humorous treat challenging some of society's norms, but no worries thankfully as its fiction!
I really liked this movie. It's an honorable mention for one of the funniest movies I have ever seen(I laughed 41 times in 78 minutes-at the start of the credits.) The movie is a comedic look at mannerisms in other countries(eg, no kissing as greeting, it's a bathroom, not a s**thole). The movie reminded me of Coming To America, since Akeem has to learn what is acceptable in America. It may offend a few but just have fun! I am sure you will! And at 78 non-credit minutes, the movie flies by! My main critique would be Cohen's accent was hard to understand without subtitles. But the humor overshadows that.Note: Thanks to actors Nathaniel Potvin and Kayla Maisonet for mentioning it on YouTube, it was a great recommendation!
Borat is a surprisingly hilarious comedy that uses a unique concept paired with crude and offensive humour to make fun of racism, sexism and bigotry in general. It combines documentary-style filmmaking with scripted scenes to tell a short, but entertaining story with some very memorable moments and quotes. Sacha Baron Cohen is probably the biggest reason this movie works so well, due to his commitment to the character and the ability to make one of the most racist and just horrible people in film history so likeable. There were some scenes that were kind of unpleasant to watch, but the rest of the movie was very funny and made me laugh out loud almost constantly. It's nice! 8/10
I'm sitting in front of an open post for about 10 minutes not knowing what to think, let alone write. It left me speechless for a while. In fact, not movie itself, but hype it caused when it was released. For months I was listening about it, "It's hilarious. It's offensive. It's actually pretty smart as well", its screenplay was even nominated for Oscar... I was skeptical, but I would lie if I said I had no expectations. I expected it not to be as good as it was popular, but I really didn't expect complete crap. Out of the attributes mentioned above, it is only offensive. Don't get me wrong, I'm not at all against offensiveness. Quite opposite, I'm against today's aggressive political correctness and offensiveness is one of my favorite techniques in achieving humor. But if we are going to be offensive let's do it in the most hilarious way possible. If it's not funny then it's just offensive and just offensive is ugly. This movie offends not only Kazakhstan and Americans, this movie offends our intelligence. I admit, in preadolescence childhood I might find it quite entertaining, but as an adult... If they were going for "it's so bad that it's good" type of movie then I could forgive their failure cause that kind of movie is really hard to do right, but if they were just going for good comedy then I really have no idea what to say...4/10