Offensive, politically incorrect and funny
- Lynda Irons
- Forest Grove News-Times - Features
'Borat' -- For adults only, especially those who don't mind bathroom jokes, sex jokes, race jokes, feminist jokes, and the list goes on...
This is the most politically incorrect movie to come down the pike in a very long time. It's offensive to all religions, rednecks, polite company, bears, chickens, all nationalities, men, women and children. In fact, there's nothing redemptive about 'Borat' except that it's funnier than funny. The humor is raw, base and vulgar; and still it's funny because it makes fun of everything and everyone with so much tongue-in-cheek that it's almost bitten off.
'Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan' is the brainchild of one Sasha Baron Cohen, who could be considered in some circles as one strange dude. How strange? He co-wrote with Anthony Hines, et. al., a scene that culminates in a nude wrestling match between two middle-aged men that leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination and dives into the very depths of disgusting. But, man, it's funny.
You cannot believe your eyes or ears throughout the entire movie at what unfolds on the screen. It's one of those movies where you look through your fingers hiding your face lest someone you know sees you in the theater.
What's the plot and why would you want to see it? Borat Sagdiyev is a Kazakhstani news reporter. Right off the bat you're given notice this isn't going to be 'Mary Poppins' as he proudly introduces his village and his sister who's available to service your needs.
Borat is obsessed with all things American and visits the United States in hopes of understanding our culture and to educate the unenlightened back home. Teamed with his production staff, he's off to interview the good denizens of New York City, affronting everyone right and left with his unguarded and Neanderthal attitudes toward women, hygiene and sex.
Following a formula that he used with a character he created called Ali G, Cohen's Borat fashions situations with unsuspecting folks to draw them into interactions that pushes the civility envelope. And this is with New Yorkers who've seen and done it all.
The plot takes an unexpected twist as Borat stumbles across Pamela Anderson. Convinced he's going to be her next husband, he starts off on a cross-country trek with producer in tow. This is where the movie Borat enters the twilight zone of la-la land, encountering the bastion of liberalness and conservativeness.
Everything that is held sacred is subject to ridicule and mockery. However, what Borat does is to ask Americans to take a hard look at themselves from a different perspective and ponder 'Is this really how others see us?'
'Borat' absolutely has no socially redeeming qualities, but yet it is one of the most brutally open and honest films on human beliefs and behaviors I've seen in a long time. Whether this was Cohen's intent or if he just wanted some cheap thrills, I don't know. All I know is that I laughed hard and freely, but I'll admit if I was a Kazakhstani, I may be a trifle upset at Cohen's depiction of my not knowing what a toilet was.
I found it offensive without being offended, and this is definitely for adults only, especially those who don't mind bathroom jokes, sex jokes, race jokes, feminist jokes, and the list goes on.