Quick Review of Borat

July 22, 2006

Luckily we got the amazing opportunity to catch a screening of Borat tonight after seeing him during the Fox panel at Comic-Con.

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."

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Reader Feedback - 10 Comments


Hmmm... naked fat man balls? This may just be the first movie I'm hoping the MPAA censors a bit. Great spoiler-free review!

mediamelt on Jul 22, 2006


How can i see this before the MPAA ruins it?? I'm no fan of smut, but I'm less a fan of censorship. I AM a fan of media that helps me laugh at my own foibles!

Puck on Aug 23, 2006


can not wait. with no new ali-g episodes on HBO, im dying for new material.

nrock on Sep 11, 2006


I saw the film in a preview yesterday in Munich. In general, I don't laugh a lot at the movies, however this film is a scream! I enjoyed the humor of transgression. Besides, the hotel room wrestling with the "balls in the face" sequence is not the best scene.

golem on Sep 30, 2006


Are you serious? 10/10? Like an other review I read, it was a SNL skit that ran way to long. My friend told me I would love it but I wanted to leave after 10 minutes. Anyone that says this is better than 40 Year Old Virgin or Clerks II is crazy in my opinion.

Adam on Nov 12, 2006


If you like man-ass, then you will like this movie.

David on Nov 16, 2006


after seeing this film, i don't think it's funny and it can't call as a "movie". it didn't show the correct way how foreigner to learn American culture and not funny from his reaction or behaviors. No helpful content, No good moive elements! It's not a movie, waste time and money!

LP on Dec 16, 2006


this had to be the biggest waste of tape. also the biggest waste of money on my part. best part of this movie was the popcorn. will not see anything else sacha baron cohen makes.

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