DVD Library #2: Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

Gino Carteciano DVD Library, Movies 5 Comments

I have missed several high-profile movies in the last few months… no, scratch that. I’ve missed several great films in the last couple of years! Thank the dark lord Satan for DVD’s. Okay, put the goddamn lightning bolt down, God. I’m just kidding. Jeez. We all know you had a hand in it too. Anyhoo, as I was saying, good thing there are DVD’s to let me catch up on the films I missed in the theater, like this one I’m about to talk about: Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.


The Story: It’s simple, really. Kazakh TV personality Borat Sagdiyev, along with his documentary crew, goes to America to learn the ways and the stuff that makes the U.S. of A. the “greatest country in the world”. But like all great men, his weakness comes in the form of plastic boobs and blonde hair. His obsession with Pamela Anderson makes him travel across America, endangering their mission. It’s a plot that has been done to death already by several sophomoric comedies that aren’t really funny. This movie, though, is different. Within the simplistic plot lies several face-melting funny gags and practical jokes sprinkled with bigotry, misogyny, toilet humor, male nudity, and tasteless words. In the end, you’ll realize that the real story lies in the reactions, opinions, and actions of the American people “interviewed” by Borat. Very nice.

The Eye Candy: There’s only one source of eye candy here, and her name’s Pamela Anderson. The movie is laden with fugly old women and fuglier old men. For a comedy of bwahaha proportions, you don’t really need eye candy, so this paragraph is totally useless.

The Actors: I’ve enjoyed the antics of Sacha Baron Cohen ever since I saw him in Ali G Indahouse, and I never thought he could top that character. I was wrong. Speaking in “Kazakh”, which is mostly Hebrew with a fake Eastern European accent, plus his broken English, is a laugh-out-loud gag by itself. I salute him for that. I also give him (along with Ken Davitian who played his producer, Azamat Bagatov) major props for that naked fight scene in the hotel. I will forever be haunted and terrified by those images as long as I live. That is definitely not sexy time.

The DVD Extras: Almost 30 minutes of extra footage is enough to make this 1-disc DVD comedy masterpiece worth the dough. I wanted to see some kind of “making of” feature, but I realized I really don’t want to see their twisted method of pure gold comedy.

The lawsuits filed against the filmmakers and Sacha Baron Cohen makes this movie even more hilarious. Plus, the packaging of the DVD is a gag itself with the Russian text and the disc that looks like a bootleg copy. Genius. In conclusion, I say this movie is a total waste of money. Not!

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