Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan


(out of 5)

You know you’re going to have a good time when a film has you laughing at the opening credits. Sacha Baron Cohen, better known to his television fans as Ali G, brings his remarkable characterization of Kazakhstan’s premier television reporter to the big screen with successful results. In this uproarious comedy with an intelligent, satirical bent, Borat gives us some background information about his life, including his sister (the #4 prostitute in the country!) and his hunched-over, grey-haired 43 year-old mother (the oldest woman in the nation!) before announcing that he will be travelling to America to learn about its culture in order to help improve the lives of his own people. When he arrives, the completely insane situations he puts himself in (many of them unstaged with unsuspecting participants) reveal a society that, while in some cases inhabited by hospitable and friendly people, is probably even more culturally bankrupt than his own. There’s lots of juvenile humour and low-brow pranks, but beneath it all is a searing parody of America that makes it sort of a Jackass for the intellectual set. It also features a delightful cameo by Pamela Anderson, always a good sport for poking fun at her image, and while it is too much of an extended comedy skit to be thought of as a great film, it certainly won’t disappoint you in the entertainment factor. If for nothing else, watch it for what is probably the most revealing nude scene you’ve ever seen in your entire life.

Everyman Pictures, Dune Entertainment, Major Studio Partners, One America, Four by Two Films

USA, 2006

Directed by

Story by , ,, , Screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Peter Baynham, , based on a character created by Sacha Baron Cohen

Cinematography by ,

Produced by Sacha Baron Cohen, Jay Roach

Music by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by , ,

American Film Institute 2006.  

New York Film Critics Awards 2006.  

Online Film Critics Awards 2006.  

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2006

Academy Award Nomination
Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) (Screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Peter Baynham, Dan Mazer, Story by Sacha Baron Cohen, Peter Baynham, Anthony Hines, Todd Phillips)

Golden Globe Award
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Sacha Baron Cohen)

Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical

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