BORAT: CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF AMERICA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN Add To My Top 10

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Release Date: November 03, 2006

Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen and Kenneth Davitian

Genre: Documentary

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 82 minutes

Address Comments To:

Rupert Murdoch
Chairman/CEO
News Corp.
Peter Chernin, President/COO
The Fox Group
Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen/CEO
Fox Filmed Entertainment
20th Century Fox Film Corp.
A division of Fox, Inc. and News Corp.
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000
Website: www.fox.com

Content:

(HHH, PaPaPa, AbAbAb, Ho, LLL, V, SSS, NN, A, MM) Very strong humanist worldview where man has evolved with an insatiable drive for sexual activity, with very strong immoral elements where rapists run free, prostitutes win trophies and marriage is a matter of a man snatching the woman of his choice, with mocking anti-Christian content where lead actor attends a real Pentecostal church service, goes down at altar call and pretends to get “saved,” plus man feigns gross anti-Semitism to see how many Americans will agree with him and jokes about homosexuality, especially in scenes of and references to a homosexual parade; more than 25 obscenities and profanities, plus some racial and religious slurs; light violence in scene where men wrestle and fight; very strong sexual content and references include homosexuality and pornography; full nudity includes lengthy graphic nude wrestling scene between two men who ride an elevator and continue fight in actual public event, plus man shows woman a pornographic nude photo of his "son"; drinking; and, dishonesty, rapists run free, prostitutes win trophies, marriage is a matter of a man snatching the woman of his choice, and a brand of supposed comedy that ambushes unsuspecting people and attempts to create humor out of their reaction to offensive material.

Summary:

n BORAT British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen poses as an ignorant, sex-crazed Kazakhstani newsman named Borat who is making a documentary about traveling across the United States. The film overflows with profanities, vulgarities, crudity, nudity, drinking and debauchery.

Review:

In BORAT British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen poses as an ignorant sex crazed Kazakhstani newsman named Borat making a documentary about traveling across the United States. Cohen interacts with real unsuspecting Americans including former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr and former presidential candidate Alan Keys. He attends a real Pentecostal church service, goes forward during the alter call, feigns salvation and manages to get the microphone and speak to those in attendance. The movie attempts to generate Candid Camera laughs by showing ordinary people’s reaction to a foreigner who seems friendly and innocent but whose behavior unexpectedly becomes extremely offensive.

The movie opens with Borat introducing the audience to his nasty little fake hometown in Kazakhstan filled with rapists and prostitutes (the real Kazakhstan has protested the negative portrayal). He and his “producer” Azamat played by Kenneth Davitian travel to New York to “acquire cultural learnings of America for make benefit glorious nation of Kazakhstan.” In his hotel room he flips through the channels and finds Pamela Anderson in BAYWATCH. He is so smitten he decides he must travel to California to have sex with her.

The journey provides the comedian with many opportunities to shoot real Americans reacting to his ambush comedy tactics. At one point he signs up for a real etiquette class and asks if it is polite to show family pictures. The woman instructor says, “yes” at first but politely advises against it when he shows her a pornographic picture of his “son.”

Cohen, himself Jewish, pretends to be a raving anti-Semite to see who he can get to agree with him on camera. At one point he tries to buy a gun at a real gun shop and asks which model would be best for killing Jews.

This type of comedy may appeal to some male college students, but it is a mean new twist to the concept of entertainment. Clearly several of the people ambushed in the movie tried to give Borat the benefit of the doubt — assuming he came from a different culture — only to be tricked into coming out with some anti-Semitic, racist or sexist comment. One wonders how much footage of Americans being kind and generous to this trickster wound up on the cutting room floor.

The film overflows with profanities, vulgarities, crudity, nudity, drinking and debauchery. Pray that the day will come when the executives at 20th Century Fox will be embarrassed that this film opens with the once proud music, spotlights and logo that preceded THE SOUND OF MUSIC. While Kazakhstan has good reason to hope the world doesn’t think BORAT accurately represents their nation, Americans have good reason to hope the world does not judge America based on much of what Hollywood produces.

In Brief:

In BORAT British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen poses as an ignorant, sex-crazed Kazakhstani newsman named Borat who is making a documentary about traveling across the United States. Cohen interacts with real unsuspecting Americans including former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr and former presidential candidate Alan Keys. He attends a real Pentecostal church service, goes forward during the alter call, feigns salvation and manages to get the microphone and speak to those in attendance. The movie attempts to generate Candid Camera laughs by showing ordinary people’s reaction to a foreigner who seems friendly and innocent but whose behavior unexpectedly becomes extremely offensive.

The film overflows with profanities, vulgarities, crudity, nudity, drinking and debauchery. Pray that the day will come when the executives at 20th Century Fox will be embarrassed that this film opens with the once proud music, spotlights and logo that preceded THE SOUND OF MUSIC. While Kazakhstan has good reason to hope the world doesn’t think BORAT accurately represents their nation, Americans have good reason to hope the world does not judge America based on much of what Hollywood produces.