This is easily considered a comedy classic. Sacha Baron Cohen created the character of Borat Sagdiyev, a journalist from Kazakhstan, on the cult HBO sketch-comedy TV series Da Ali G Show. In 2006, Cohen brought the character to the big screen in “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.” And the result is pure comedic genius. It’s hard to believe that the film was made on such a low budget that it made over $100 million at the U.S. box office. And even though the movie is very short, it provides us with a look at how us Americans criticize foreign nations and their people. “Borat” proves to be a unique creation from Cohen that will entertain adults everywhere.
The plot follows Borat Sagdiyev (Cohen) on a trip to America to learn its ways and customs so that his nation of Kazakhstan can improve with their culture. Borat arrives in New York City and after staying one night in a hotel, he sees a marathon of the TV show Baywatch. Here, he falls in love in love with Pamela Anderson and sets his goal to wed her. Afterwards, the film becomes a road trip movie filled with hilarious results.
Even though this movie sparked a lot of controversy surrounding its subject matter, a foreign man who makes offensive remarks at everybody, “Borat” is still very funny. It’s definitely targeted for the male audience, but women have also enjoyed the film as well. Sacha Baron Cohen nails his comedic timing down perfectly making you wait for the next joke to make your funny bone hurt with laughter. Take for instance the nude wrestling scene near the end of the film. It’s the funniest scene in the movie and it keeps us entertained long enough to catch our breaths after laughing. “Borat” truly redefines the definition of raunchy comedy.
Now, if I were to criticize the film for any reason, it would have to be that the movie is a little too short. At 84 minutes, you would be expecting a bit more in a comedy that revolves around sketches. But you have to realize that the filmmakers had to cut a lot of material in order to achieve an “R” rating. Yet as it stands, the film is still quite good.
Overall, “Borat” is a laugh riot aimed for the more mature audiences that could have been easily extended by just a bit. There are a lot of moments in the movie that will remain in our minds forever, including the nude wrestling scene. I highly recommend the movie to any adult who enjoys a good laugh. High five!