by Kris Katz
Brief spoiler-free entertainment reviews

Sunday, October 21, 2007

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

Gloriously offensive and delightfully hilarious, Sacha Baron Cohen's ad-lib performance is sure to make you howl with laughter and piss you off in equal measure. It's daring stuff, as Cohen and crew create credible characters and simply film them interacting with real people who have no idea there's even a joke to be in on. Borat was originally a skit on Cohen's Da Ali G Show, and here he takes a trip to America under the guise of researching to improve his own country, but in the process of making his documentary he portrays the United States as racist, paranoid, xenophobic, uneducated, and bigoted, among other things. The film is frankly very tough to watch but the thin line that Cohen dances keeping his character earnest and amusing while being violently insulting is possibly one of the most incredible comedic performances this moviegoer has ever seen. Even better are his unwitting costars trying to maintain being polite to this faux foreigner while filling him with their own views of America. The end result is a brutal train wreck, hilarious from start to finish, ridiculous and honest in the worst possible ways, and one incredibly funny ride.

10 out of 10.

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