Number of Times Seen – Twice (17 Dec 2006 and 26 Oct 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A reporter from Kazakhstan travels to the US in order to try and learn why America is such a great place.
My Take on it – This is a movie that I saw not long after it came out and didn’t enjoy it at all.
I wasn’t looking forward to watching this again, but since the sequel just came out, I figured I should rewatch this film in order to have it fresh in my mind when I watch the new movie.
I couldn’t believe that I had so much trouble not laughing out loud when I watched this movie because it was so funny the whole way through
The story is hilarious from start to finish and that largely has to do with the fact that they do their best to show the truth of how people perceive so many things in life.
Sacha Baron Cohen proves how much of a genius he is with his creation of this character and story.
Yes, he does cross the line he over and over but he does it in such a way that it still seems so funny.
The film’s jokes are silly and simple, yet quite profound the whole way through.
The way that the plot unfolds, it seems unscripted and they find ways to make things work so well throughout.
The film has an ongoing joke that Cohen speaks Hebrew throughout in order to show that most Americans can’t differentiate between foreign languages.
Being fluent in Hebrew made those scenes even funnier because I really knew what he was saying which is especially helpful when the subtitles don’t do it any justice.
Cohen is able to create a very iconic character that is still quite recognizable and hilarious even after 14 years.
Bottom Line – Hilarious movie that works so well because of the way it does its best to show the truth. Cohen shows his comic genius with this movie and despite the fact that he crosses some lines here, things still are so enjoyable and funny to watch. The jokes are all quite simple, yet profound throughout. The plot seems as if it is unscripted and things play out really well throughout. The choice to have Cohen speak Hebrew throughout was especially enjoyable for me, because I knew what he was really saying and the subtitled don;t always do it justice. He created a really iconic character here which is still so recognizable even after 14 years. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – At a shooting event in Kuwait where Kazakh shooter Maria Dmitrienko won the gold medal, the Asian Olympic Committee accidentally played Borat’s parody of the Kazakhstan national anthem in the medal ceremony instead of the official national anthem. Kazakh officials heavily protested and a re-run of the medal ceremony took place. To prevent the same embarrassment from happening at the 2012 London Olympic Games, the Kazakhstan government specifically guided the London Games Organizing Committee on the correct national anthem. Since most of the athletes in the Kazakh team are Russians and do not speak Kazakh, they were taught the official national anthem to prevent a repeat of the mistake. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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