Quick Review of Borat
by Josh Green
July 22, 2006
As the lights went down in the auditorium I was in, a thunderous applause rang in my ears. I knew that this was going to be an experience I wouldn't forget. Borat is here, straight from Kazakhstan, and he is here to learn about our country whether you like it or not. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Borat, he is one of the three characters Sacha Baron Cohen portrays on "Da Ali G Show." He is a reporter from Kazakhstan who likes table tennis, swimming, and sex. He makes his first feature debut in this self-titled movie that is literally "balls out" humor.
Let me first say that I am a HUGE Borat fan, as well as a fan to of all of Sacha's characters, and my expectations for this movie were high. Now let me say this, my expectations were not only blown away, but this is THE Borat movie every single fan has been dying to see. Rather than give a synopsis of the film, which I would not want to ruin the experience for the fans, I am going to talk about why I feel this is the best comedy that has come out in a long time!
The humor in this movie is not intended for everyone. Many people will find it offensive. This is one of the things I enjoyed most about this film. Comedy for me is not about being able to laugh just at someone or something, but to be able to laugh at yourself. Borat pokes fun at gays, Jews, Christians, gypsies, bears, and about anything else you can possibly think of. But understanding that his comments are only intended to bring out the best, or worst, reactions from people is what makes it hilarious.
There are things in this film which I have never seen before, and part of me is unsure if I wanted to see them. For instance, [spoiler] I have never seen anything more screwed up than a 300 pound man stark naked on top of a naked Borat, with his balls and ass "eating" Borat's face as they fight over who is allowed to jerk off to Pamela Anderson. I'm sure the MPAA is going to have a picnic over this one.
Speaking of which, I am a little concerned with how this film is going to be rated. I was lucky enough tonight to see a version of the film that has not been viewed by the MPAA yet. I just hope that there isn't that much of a difference from the version I saw tonight to the version that will be released this fall.
To summarize my quick little review, I was thoroughly impressed with the audience reaction to this film as well as my full enjoyment of the movie. Everyone in the theater gave a standing ovation when the film ended. I liked it; I hope it liked me too. All I have to say is "wahwahweewah."