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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Borat Picture Moving For Most Very Entertainments

So, yeah-- I saw Borat last night with my brother. We went out to see a flick, rather than stay in, because my allergies are in high gear lately and he has two cats. Why press my luck?

Borat. Wow. No, let me rephrase that: WOW. This movie scores itself into the brain and doesn't let up an inch. I was skeptical going in, seeing how it's only 89 minutes long, but believe me, you don't want to see more than they're offering.

Yes, it was hilarious. That was largely to do with shock value. I don't know how well it would play A) a second time, or B) in your own home. Fans are eating it up, though. It's got an unprecedented box office for such a limited release; and is being hailed as one of the funniest movies of all time.

Borat is in America filming a documentary for his native land of Kazakhstan; the film consists largely of interaction and interviews with Americans who have no idea that Borat's an actor. The reactions he gets from people is sobering, to say the least. It's a miracle he wasn't lynched.

The people of the real Kazakhstan have legitimate reasons to hate this movie. In it, they're portrayed as amoral, destitute, Jew-hating brigands. (That's only in the first five minutes.) Borat's behavior across the "U.S. and A." is nothing short of despicable. What can ya do? He's from Kazakhstan.

To be fair-- Racial stereotypes have been grounds for comedy fodder forever. I was going to say that Americans have been mocking other countries, but we can't claim Borat. The man behind the mustache, Sascha Baron Cohen, is a Brit.

If you'd like some off-color comedy that makes South Park look like Peanuts, go see this flick. Leave any and all sensitivities at the door, they'd only explode inside anyway.

Is good, yes?


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