Borat

Borat

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Director: Larry Charles, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Jane Sanguinetti Luenell

Cast: Larry Charles, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Jane Sanguinetti Luenell

     
 

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Master of disguise Sacha Baron Cohen hits the road to explore America as the crude Kazakstani reporter Borat in a feature mockumentary that brings one of the Da Ali G Show star's most popular characters to life on the big screen. Sent by the Kazakh Ministry of Information to gain a better understanding of American culture and

Overview

Master of disguise Sacha Baron Cohen hits the road to explore America as the crude Kazakstani reporter Borat in a feature mockumentary that brings one of the Da Ali G Show star's most popular characters to life on the big screen. Sent by the Kazakh Ministry of Information to gain a better understanding of American culture and bring his findings back home, Borat and faithful producer Azamat (Ken Davitian) set their sights in New York City. When the citizens and interview subjects of the Big Apple seem less than receptive to Borat's distinctively unrestrained approach and the curious Kazakh television personality stumbles across an episode of Baywatch while channel-surfing in his hotel room, he becomes instantly smitten with screen siren Pamela Anderson. Now confident that the only way to discover the true essence of America is to travel to California and make the bikini-clad beauty his bride, Borat purchases a ramshackle ice-cream truck in which he and Azamat will make their way across the Great Plains and on to the sunny West Coast -- all the while coming into contact with a wide variety of "typical" Americans. Within this loose, scripted framework, Borat engages in his usual misbehavior with unsuspecting strangers, from accidentally releasing a chicken from his suitcase on a New York subway ride to a formal interview with Alan Keyes.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The comedy sensation of 2006, Borat is deceptive in concept and fundamentally mean-spirited in execution -- but it's also hysterically funny, which renders it immune to criticism. Sacha Baron Cohen, the British comedian who has submerged his own personality beneath those of his creations, plays Kazakhstani journalist Borat Sagdiyev, who comes to America with his producer, Azamat Bagatov (Ken Davitian), to make a documentary about Yankee life and culture. While in the United States, Borat sees an episode of Baywatch and becomes infatuated with Pamela Anderson, whom he vows to meet and marry. This bare-bones plot affords a framework for the movie's hilarious set pieces: interviews and interactions with real Americans, hornswoggled by Cohen into believing that they were being filmed for a genuine documentary. Borat's targets include racist southern whites, gullible (and humorless) feminists, drunken frat boys, credulous evangelicals, and even politicians, such as Georgia congressman Bob Barr and former presidential candidate Alan Keyes. One by one, they fall for Cohen's act, apparently never suspecting that they're being kidded by the ersatz journalist. The material is funny to begin with, but veteran sitcom director Larry Charles shapes and enhances it with clever editing, which pulls reaction shots out of context and thus makes some of the participants look more foolish than they might actually have been. Did Cohen take advantage of his subjects' generosity and openness? Yes, absolutely. But is the end result hilarious? Absolutely and indisputably.
All Movie Guide
A clever guy like Sacha Baron Cohen must have had a hard time developing a feature-length film based on his Ali G Show character Borat. As hilarious and biting as Borat's mockumentary segments are, there's a certain squirm factor that makes the bumbling immigrant's schtick work best in small doses. Also, Baron Cohen's ability to go unrecognized and coax that incriminating candidness (or at least mortification) out of his interview subjects -- who believe their footage is intended solely for Kazakhstani TV -- has shrunk with his notoriety. Despite all this, Baron Cohen went for it, and the finished product of Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is awesome -- genius in its infinite offensiveness to every man, woman, gypsy, rooster, grizzly bear, ice cream truck, and rodeo proprietor in America. Baron Cohen is absolutely fearless, whether he's addressing a rodeo with hopes that George W. Bush drink the blood of every human in Iraq, or returning from the bathroom at a dinner party with his feces in a plastic bag. He's also brilliantly sly, arranging the improvised footage that makes up the bulk of the film within the loose framework of a fictional story. The staged material provides occasional breathers so the audience doesn't get wound up too tight. And it works, too; director Larry Charles does for Borat what Spike Jonze did for Jackass: The Movie, taking a small-scale funny concept and making it funnier through editing and arrangement (note details like the size of the black bar obscuring Baron Cohen's genitalia during his naked wrestling match with cohort Azamat). It does create something of a dilemma, in that the scripted moments -- though hilarious -- leave you faintly disappointed that they aren't real, while a full 90 minutes of Borat unleashing his antics on bewildered citizens would probably send the audience into empathic embarrassment-shock on a scale surpassing any Ben Stiller movie. Even still, that conundrum is really the only flaw in an otherwise uproarious film. Well, that and the fact that, like any work of cunning satire, it can't possibly be appreciated by everyone. Baron Cohen doesn't advocate the trademark anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia, or general brutishness of his character (most easily proved by noting that Baron Cohen himself is Jewish, and from a deeply religious family), and Borat's repugnant behavior is meant to make us laugh not with him, but at him -- and at the morons he's able to sucker into revealing their own ignorant side while he plays dumb. For those who can handle the irony, the formula is a great success. And for the rest, they probably won't want to see it anyway.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/06/2007
UPC:
0024543419693
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:24:00
Sales rank:
27,168

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Global P.R. tour; Music infomercial

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sacha Baron Cohen Borat Sagdiyev
Ken Davitian Azamat Bagatov
Jane Sanguinetti Luenell Luenell
Pat Haggerty Pat Haggerty
Alan Keyes Alan Keyes
Pamela Anderson Pamela Anderson
Chester the Chimp Bear
Charlie & Sonia Bear

Technical Credits
Larry Charles Director
Jonathan Allen Sound Mixer
Jason Alper Costumes/Costume Designer
Craig Alpert Editor
Peter Baynham Co-producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Sacha Baron Cohen Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Erran Baron Cohen Score Composer
David Saenz de Maturana Art Director
Luke Geissbuhler Cinematographer
Scott Harber Sound/Sound Designer
Anthony Hardwick Cinematographer
Anthony Hines Original Story,Screenwriter
Allison Jones Casting
Thomas Kolarek Makeup
Monica Levinson Executive Producer
Dan Mazer Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Andrew Hill Newman Consultant/advisor
Todd Phillips Original Story,Screenwriter
Richard Henderson Musical Direction/Supervision
Jay Roach Producer
David Siegel Asst. Director
Soundelux Sound Editor
Dale Stern Asst. Director
Peter Teschner Editor
James Thomas Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
1. Village of Kuzçek [:02]
2. Hobbies and Reportings [3:50]
3. Arrival in New York Citys [2:28]
4. Reportings on Humor [:41]
5. Pamela and Feminists [3:36]
6. Great News About Wife [3:33]
7. Learnings About Automobiles [3:37]
8. Washington DCs [1:41]
9. Television Appearing [2:20]
10. Rodeo [1:58]
11. Gypsy Treasures and "Wassup Wit It?" [2:30]
12. Nest of Jews [3:26]
13. Protection [:14]
14. Society Dinner [3:44]
15. Luenell [2:28]
16. Antique Store [1:46]
17. Dispute With Azamat [3:24]
18. Shit Times [2:20]
19. Fraternity Boys [:15]
20. Mr. Jesus [5:57]
21. California Arrive [2:35]
22. Pamela Marriage Proposal [2:32]
23. Return Kazakhstan [3:11]
24. O Kazakhstan/End Credits [3:01]

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Borat 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is not for bigots, rascists, or others with "issues" or "hidden agendi"! Cohen takes a well-deserved swipe at those who profess to be openminded, yet who lack the openmindedness to see themselves as others might see them. The film is, in a word, hilarious. Does an exemplary job in pointing out how human we all are--reminds me of how Mark Twain liked to upset things.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this movie! Well, I easily laugh at a lot of things. I laughed so hard during this movie I started crying. It was great!But, if you're a hard person to make laugh..you might not like this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is hilarious!! Some can never think this movie is funny because "you'll never get this!" Highly recommended! MER!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Why is this stupid movie so darn awful? There's no point, no actual story line, and the roster is disgusting.This may be the worst low-budget film in movie making history. Lord help us all Run, run as fast as you can from moronic Borat! Never watch this JOKE in front of moral family, its SATANIC.Who's the bozo who gave him an award related maybe!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't remember the last time I laughed so hard! Sasha Baren Cohen is pure genius, and it amazes me that he stayed completely in character throughout! It was, by far, the funniest movie I've seen...ever! I am not easily offended, so it may turn you off if you are. I also think you can't take anything he does as a personal stab at any race, gender, religion, etc. He is simply outrageous, incredibly witty, and is pure ad lib genius!
Guest More than 1 year ago
its obvious that the folks with negative reviews do not have the sense of humor they think they have. This movie is hilarious. Sasha Baron Cohen's comedy is Andy Kaufman caliber. I guess some folks don't like the truths that this film exposes but hey if you don't like it don't watch it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was VERY dissappointed in this movie. I knew going in that this was humor at the expense of another but was not aware that the movie was as gross as it was. I would not reccomend this movie to anyone. The people at the video store warned me it was not funny and not to rent it, then I got it as a gift from a friend who purchased it for me. My friend, and guests felt horrible when we watched the movie as a group of about 10 to celebrate my new home theater. None liked it and felt the humor was flat, not very original, and really gross. There are so many better comedies offered for purchase from B&N, go buy those!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ribald and, at times, profane and disgusting, BORAT takes the mockumentary genre farther than it has ever gone before. Through the eyes of a supposedly foreign journalist we see sides of American life and culture that's not necessarily flattering or sensible: drunken frat boys, religious zealots, etc. This is one of the wildest comedies ever made - but it's certainly not for prudes or the timid.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was hillarious and I'm not exactly sure what some of you were expecting. It's a comedian pretending to be foreign to put American's out of the norm situations and see how they respond. The funniest parts of this movie aren't what he says, but some of the responses that he gets from other people. Yes, he there is over the top anti-Semitism in the movie, but it is OVER THE TOP so that it is clear that is a joke to make the character this way. I mean the guy carries around "gypsy" tears. Not to mention the jewish family he stays with are just about the kindest people on earth. My 2 cents. Definitely worth a watch!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the movie was so funny. The characters are great, and really make you laugh. But if you are easily offended do not watch this movie, it has the abilty to hurt feelings. But, since I appreciate this type of humor I say it rocked!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Borat was the funniest movie of '06. Some of the people in the movie would beg to differ, as would George Saunders in the pages of The New Yorker. What makes Sacha Baron Cohen's comedy work is the way he tends to draw out the true nature of the people he fools on camera - jerks and bigots tend to reveal their true colors, while others, even if they might appear slightly awkward or even silly, show how decently they would behave in the presence of what they perceive to be a truly ridiculous man with a camera. But all that aside, the movie is just plain hilarious....
Guest More than 1 year ago
My name a Borat. I like you, I like sex. It's nice! I get a window from a the glass, he get a window from a the glass. I get a step, he get a step. I get a clock radio, he can't afford. Great success! Qoutes like these and many others from the begining to the end. I love this whole movie. Also love all the Ali G, Borat and Bruno stuff he did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is hard to stomach for some, but its benefits far outweigh its crudeness. It is raw comedy at its best. It is fresh and full of new tricks. I laughed the 4th time I watched it and I still laugh. High five!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I should have stuck to my gut instinct and not bothered with this one. What a waste of time. I want those 20 minutes of my life back.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I almost died laughing
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you didn't find this movie hilarious, you just didn't "get it." And p.s., this movie is rated "R" for a reason. Don't bring kids.
DEMONTHE7TH More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this movie. The funniest part of the movie is how his character brings out how rascist and judgemental people of America can be. Not all people, mind you. Not to mention, how he mocks them. Overall, this moviefilm is a great success!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the jokes about "Jews" were totally inappropriate during this movie. Funny that the other reviews are so good, but racism is racism. I wonder why so many liberals like this film? Don't view this film unless you want to be a racist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With his clueless, racist but always funny Borat character Sacha Baron Cohen is the new Andy Kaufman. He shines a mirror up to everyday American society through use of an outsider. It is both comedy with a political message. The movie was great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I brought my little sister along with my dad, uncle, aunt, stepmom, and other siblings to see this movie. Seriously i dont think it is appropriate for anyone under 15. By 15 they know alot so.. yeah 15 is a good age to see this movie. But i did like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had high expectations for this movie, for I had heard so much about it. I had also seen the trailer in which "Borat" was at a rodeo event and said that he was from kazakhstan and he supported our "war of terror." Therefore, I thought that the movie was going to be one with "smart humor," with a smart observation of America. But the movie turned out to be a sensasionalist one that sought a shock effect on its viewers. A cannot get myself to recommend it to anyone, that is why I give it a poor rating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're the kind of person who thinks "Jackass" is genius, than Borat is for you. Otherwise, the trailer contains the only real clean material of the entire movie, which is too bad because this could have been one hell of a clever comedy. Instead, the name of the game here is to see how much pain, we, the audience, will endure. In the advertisements, it appeared that the joke was on unsuspecting bystanders found through different walks of life, a la Tom Green or similar style pranksters, but in reality, the joke in Borat, is on us. Which begs one to question, where's the line between funny and offensive? There are some who thought Andy Kaufmann was a genius for "challenging the audience" and making them cringe and uncomfortable rather than making them laugh. I have to admit, after watching this film, I'm not of that camp. I can't believe I paid to be ridiculed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Now I like funny raunchy movies at times. Yet this - I dont really know what to call it - is not even mildly funny or entertaining. Very disappointing!
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