DVD Reviews | Mar 14th, 2007
Starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian
Written By: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines
Directed By: Larry Charles
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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Borat was the funniest movie of 2006 and one of the funniest films i’ve seen in a long time. When I saw Borat opening weekend, I was in tears from laughing so much. That just doesn’t happen that often, and I think the last time I saw a movie that did that to me was Anchorman. Besides being one of the funniest movies, it’s also seemed like the film with the most lawsuits & controversial stories. Whether or not you think this movie is funny or not, people will remember Borat for a very long time.
Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan stars Sacha Baron Cohen as the wacky Kazakhstan reporter Borat Sagdiyev. The character is from Cohen’s very popular series Da Ali G Show and now Borat is brought to the big screen. Kazakhstan’s fourth biggest celebrity decides he wants to travel to America and film a movie film about his journey. He takes his producer & good friend Azamat and a camera crew to the US & A to film him. He wants to find out more about America but also spread knowledge to Americans about his country of Kazakhstan. He begins interviewing people on the streets, feminist groups, politicians, and others but soon gets sidetrack because there’s something else on his mind. It’s the beautiful Pamela Anderson of the popular TV show Baywatch. He falls in love with her and he wants to find her and marry Pamela. His assignment soon takes a backseat as he tries to locate her.
That’s all you really need to know about the plot because there really isn’t that much of it. All the plot pieces are just the filler to the funnier stuff, which is Borat interviewing real people in real situations. The outcome of some of those interviews are priceless and I can see why some people are trying to sue Sacha Baron Cohen. Of course, they wouldn’t be suing if the movie was a failure and didn’t make any movie. But then again, some people have said & done some stupid things in the film. I never watched an episode of Da Ali G Show because I didn’t really know what it was about. I always thought it was some wannabe rapper interviewing people but just wasn’t sure if that was actually real or not or if it was even funny. But thankfully I’ve become a fan of Cohen’s characters and I will definitely be checking out his popular HBO series.
I think the film starts out really strong but after the hilarious naked fight in the hotel, it starts to slow down a bit and isn’t as funny. I think the scenes with the retarded college students and the weirdo religious people wasn’t necessarily that funny and could have been cut down for pacing purposes. But once he meets Pamela Anderson, that scene was just great to watch. Even if she was in on the gag, it’s still funny to watch because seeing the reactions of the fans and even the bodyguards was some funny shit. Of course, it probably wasn’t as funny to Cohen who got messed up! When comparing other films to Borat, I can’t help but think of Jackass because they have the same type of cringe humor as Borat. I think I can probably watch this movie a few more times, but after that the joke will be stale. That is, until Cohen makes his new movie of another Da Ali G Show character, Bruno. Plus there’s another Borat sequel in the works but who knows if that will happen or not. Everyone would know what Borat looks like now, but then again the South and Midwest of the US are pretty ignorant and dumb. Oh excuse me, did I just type that..hmm..Speaking of which, if there are any groups of people who should be upset over this movie, it’s Americans. Because it’s those idiots in the film that makes this country look bad. Having a inbred, stupid war mongering President doesn’t help us either. Anyway…
The DVD features of Borat include a bunch of deleted scenes, a PR tour and a music infomercial. Some of the deleted scenes are scenes you might have seen already, but they were in the trailer and commercials. The funny dog kennel scene is in that section and that’s when Borat is trying to train a dog to go after the Jew. I thought the best scene that should have been in the movie, and at the very end was the Baywatch scene. It was a spoof on the opening scene of the Baywatch scene and I couldn’t stop laughing at it. There was some great deleted scenes and some of them should have been added back into the movie. I can’t believe what he did for the supermarket scene, and can’t believe the guy put up with it. Once you see it, you’ll know what I mean. That’s all I really checked out on the DVD but i’m sure the other things are just as good.
Borat is a great, cringy comedy that will make you laugh out loud, maybe even pee yourself. Or maybe it will make you outrage because it’s not PC. Either way, people will be talking about this movie for awhile. If you haven’t seen this film in the theaters, be sure to pick up the DVD! VERY NICE!
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ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Surround
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
RUSSIAN: Dolby Digital Surround
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Favorite Scenes: The hotel fight scene, all the NYC scenes, the dinner party
Running Time: 84 minutes