4/9/07

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat), Ken Davitian (Azamat), Luenell Campbell (Luenell), Pamela Anderson (Herself)

Directed by Larry Charles

From IMDB: "Kazakh TV talking head Borat is dispatched to the United States to report on the greatest country in the world. With a documentary crew in tow, Borat becomes more interested in locating and marrying Pamela Anderson."

What can I possibly write about Borat that has not already been said to death? I found certain parts of it amusing. Nothing more, nothing less.

Years ago, when "Brass Eye" was hip-deep in cutting edge humor controversy in England, Keven loved it. The success of that series helped pave the way for Baron Cohen's piss-take style. But I have never been a fan of "let's trick stupid people into being stupid" mockumentaries. At best we can laugh or roll our eyes at dumb ass citizens, but to what end? To make them even more xenophobic and hateful than they already were? The mixed messages and uneven humor did not prove worth the excessively long-feeling 84 minute run time.

However, the entire project left me wondering how in the world Baron Cohen didn't wind up in jail. Multiple times.

2 comments:

ERiCA said...

According to IMDb, the police actually were called on him 91 times during production. That's gotta be some kind of record!

Tess said...

Ooo, we have this downloaded from Amazon to our TiVo. I've been ambivalent about watching it for exactly the reasons you mention.