“Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make
Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” Will Make You Laugh and
Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat in 20th Century
Fox's Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make
Benefit Glorious Nation of
Titles like that wreck havoc
with 'Windows' grammar and spell check, however that is nothing
compared to what this film does to political correctness. In case
you haven't heard of Borat Sagdiyev, he is a character created by
British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen (“Talladega Nights: The Ballad of
Ricky Bobby” and “Da Ali G Show”). Sacha graduated from Cambridge
University with a degree in history. His thesis was about the role
of Jewish people in the American Civil Rights Movement. He comes
from a middle class Jewish family and is known to be an observant
Jew. Borat does not have the same background. He is a television
broadcaster from Kazakhstan and he is coming to America to learn
about our culture. Once here, Borat experiences all there is to know
about us. No aspect of our culture is overlooked. He unwittingly
exposes racism, ignorance, gay-bashing, misogyny, gun-loving and war
mongering in the very heart of America. The most important aspect of
this film is that the situations he involves himself in are all
real. There are no actors, except Pamela Anderson, Ken Davitian and
Luenell the hooker. The society diners, rodeo crowds, drunk frat
boys and Pentecostal churchgoers are all real people in real
situations. They believe they are meeting with a television
journalist from Kazakhstan. It is truly amazing that the production
staff was able to get these people to sign release forms. In case
you are wondering where you have seen the producer of “Borat,”
Azamat Bagtov, he is played by Ken Davitian, a bit actor in such
shows as “The Closer,” “Boston Legal” and the movie “Holes.”
Sacha wrote this film with Anthony Hines, Peter Baynham and
Don Mazor. It was directed by Larry Charles. Just to point out how
great the producers and the studio was in its thinking, “Borat”
opened in 800 theatres. Most movies open in more than 2,000
theaters. Yet, the film still made $26.4 million. The second week
they went into a more wide distribution and they still finished
The Blonde: This film was a riot. It was
like Lenny Bruce meets Andy Kaufman meets Jon Stewart meets the
Jerky Boys! There is so much to be said about this film. To begin
with, it was an absolute joy to watch a film that disguises its
total political views by using spoof and humor. I know a lot of my
Jewish friends were insulted by this film. However, the way I see
it, they should be happy that someone showed how ridiculous those
false accusations are. Sacha was simply using this spoof to bring
that out, and whom better to do that than a fellow Jew! Next, I must
say that all of the characters did such a brilliant acting job. You
almost believed that they were real. Well done!
HOW CAN SOMETHING BE SO IN YOUR FACE OBVIOUS AND YOU NOT CATCH ON?
YOU GIVE BLONDES EVERYWHERE A BAD NAME! FOR GOODNESS SAKE, THEY WERE
NOT ACTORS; THEY WERE REAL PEOPLE. YOU NEED TO GO BACK AND SEE IT
AGAIN THE RIGHT WAY! BLONDE! It is so refreshing when something
comes along that has no equal. I first saw “Borat” briefly on “Da
Ali G Show.” Some of Ali's interviews were funny, but I really
didn't get him. I did like the character Bruno, who was a gay
fashion commentator with a Nazi fetish. I understand he is making a
film with this character. Sacha is brilliant in the way he immerses
himself in a character. He doesn't break character. Even when the
police were called, he stayed in the Borat persona. It is a little
scary to know that there are such small-minded people in my own
country, namely the rodeo guys, frat boys and anti-Semites. I never
heard of a humor coach either. I can think of a lot of people who
could use a coach like that.
The Blonde: All the scenes,
except the naked fighting one, had something important to say. (Well
actually it does teach us not to fight with a naked fat man! It was
kinda gross!) Even though the frat boys were obnoxious, I did like
the way they befriended Bogart!
The Maven: BORAT!
The Blonde: Well, him too! The scene where he was invited to
the dinner party was unbelievable, not only because it was amazing
that they were so kind and patient with him, but that he pulled it
off without cracking up. The scene with the etiquette teacher was
priceless as well. In addition, they were lucky they weren't killed
on the way out of the rodeo! I don’t think the Mav and I would have
embraced him as kindly as the people in this film did. I mean, the
innocence, kindness and sweetness of that Jewish couple could almost
make you cry if you weren’t laughing so much! The whole crew must
have had a ball making this film. Hey Mav, we should make our own
The Maven: Hey, wait a minute! I would have been nice
to him, don’t include me in that! YES, granted, I would have been
laughing behind his back, but I would have been nice!
Blonde: Oh right! Well, maybe...but only because you like hairy men!
By the way, I loved Pamela Anderson in this film. That whole Pamela
thing was very funny!
The Maven: I am sure our readers
wouldn't mind us basking in the glow of the recent election results.
I am just so happy that no major glitches in the voting machines
took place. Maybe it is time to put effort into a more secure way of
voting. Let us all take a moment to say farewell to Donald Rumsfeld.
Blonde, that gesture was rude and not very ladylike.
Blonde: WELL, EXCUUUUSE ME! It is about time that man left his post.
Long overdue if you ask me!
The Maven: Let's all give a
cheer for those who came out and showed what democracy can be. The
majority was unhappy with the course the country was on and we
changed a few things. Corrupt politicians were unable to get in our
way, this time. So, Blonde, enjoy your basking.
Basking, I am tanning in it! I am golden brown. It just burns me up
that for "oh so long", the right-wing Republicans put down the Dems
and claim to be so moral and righteous, when all along they were
raping, lying, cheating, being corrupt, stealing, living by their
own agenda, and putting down gays for their life-style; even when
they are gay themselves. Talk about hypocritical! Now with a new
start, we can really find out what has been going on for the last
six years! If you ask me, our government has really gotten out of
control and down right stupid!
The Maven: Speaking of
stupid... I bet Tom Cruise feels a little stupid right now. Here he
was planning this amazing wedding in Italy and now he discovers it's
'Mission Impossible'. How could he forget that he is a divorced man?
As such, he needs special permission from the church to marry in a
church owned parish. Here, all he wants is to please his future
in-laws with a Catholic ceremony and it's the Catholics who are
making it difficult.
The Blonde: Is he a Republican too?
The Maven: OH, Leave him alone. He has enough problems
without speaking about his political views!
The Blonde: Are
you taking nice pills this week?
The Maven: If you haven't
seen “Borat” yet, go see it. If you don't see the humor in it, maybe
you should go see that humor coach. I never thought I would laugh so
hard watching two naked, hairy men fighting. I rate this film an A
for its achievement in showing the absurdity in our culture and
making it humorous as well.
The Blonde: By the way, readers
don’t miss the film “Queen.” It was wonderful! Helen Mirren was
breathtaking. She is sure to be nominated for an Oscar for her
totally outstanding and believable portrayal of Queen Elizabeth. As
for “Borat,” go and see it but… see it with having fun in mind. I
rate it a B for its originality and bravery in filming it. For your
film snacks, go and find a Kazakhstan candy bar. That will keep you
busy for a while!