Borat: Cultural Leanings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

2006
After seeing “Borat” in theaters, I thought it was one of the five funniest movies I’d ever seen. But at home? Still one of the five funniest movies I’ve ever seen.
 
Fresh off an Oscar nomination, “Borat” still plays like a brave and ballsy (sometimes literally) work of guerilla comedy. Sacha Baron Cohen commits completely to his role as Borat, the Kazakhstan TV reporter traveling to America to make a documentary about our culture.
 
As revealed by the interviews with real people not in on the joke, our culture embodies much racism, sexism and xenophobia. With Cohen making Borat a bigot and a buffoon, the Americans show their true colors, and they aren’t pretty.
 
On video, the lines between what was scripted and what was not are less blurry. Other than that, the “Borat” experience remains the same: stomach-aching hilarity.
 
The disc contains about half an hour of additional scenes, including those set in a grocery store and a doctor’s office, all of which are killer. But with hours and hours of footage shot, you know a much better-stocked edition is inevitable.

-Rod Lott

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