Saturday, November 18, 2006

Borat! Borat! Borat!

I saw Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan last night with a coworker, the coworker's wife, a friend of the coworker and the friend's girlfriend. Borat stars Sacha Baron Cohen and Ken Davitian.

Kazakhstani TV personality Borat [Sagdiyev] 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 than on his assignment.
Of course the real plot of the movie is that SBC portrays a backwards-ish character named Borat who films Americans doing and saying some extremely off-color things, often times having tricked the person by stating the documentary would not be shown in America. Some of the criticism people have for the film is that people were tricked into doing and saying what they did. Personally, I have no problem with it since you should never do or say anything you wouldn't do or say. Yes, alcohol can push those boundaries but c'mon!

I thought the movie was hilarious!!! I loved it! I would start listing quotes from the movie but a lot of them are contextual. That is, the context within which things are said and done is of great importance to fully appreciate what is said and done.

In other words, if you think you might like it, GO SEE THIS MOVIE RIGHT NOW. On the other hand, if it seems like it might offend you or you have a problem with the trickery involved, don't go see it. Peoples' reactions will likely run hot and cold like that. There's no middle ground when it comes to this one. (But I thought it was great! I can't wait to see what SBC comes up with next since Borat was such a success.)