Borat is back and so is the offensive, political, and dangerous comedy!
The first “Borat” from 2006 was a comedy hit starring Sacha Baron Cohen as the Kazakhstani reporter Borat Sagdiyev. He not only won the Golden Globe for his performance, but his character also resonated with the political world, and made you laugh at every turn. Fans couldn’t get enough of how he adapted to the American life-sarcasm (“This suit is black………………………………NOT!”), driving (a bear in an ice cream truck and him drinking vodka during a driving test), and real-life people (Pamela Anderson being one of them), etc.-and that’s why they made a sequel behind our backs.
The sequel, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” premiered on Amazon Prime just as the Presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden took place (and I heard my mother groan). While it’s better than the first NOT, it still provides enough big laughs and its risk-taking courage. I warn you: the comedy is offensive, anti-Semitic, sexist, racist, and political, but you just have to laugh them anyway, because of how Cohen’s character is deathless.
Ever since the 2006 movie was a massive hit in America, the Nation of Kazakhstan was in financial ruins, and Borat was sentenced to 14 years in the Gulag. Now, it’s 2020, and he’s free, on the condition that he returns to America to give a gift to Mike Pence. So, he decides to have his daughter marry him. But when that doesn’t work out, he decides that Rudy Giuliani is their next best bet.
His girl, named Tutar (Maria Bakalova), is not only as dumb as he is, but she’s also a piece of meat. Scratch that. She’s not as dumb as he is, she’s dumber-one of the stupidest women in movie history. She watches a low rent version of “Cinderella,” where Trump is Prince Charming, sleeps in a cage, and opens a bear bottle with her privates.
We cringe at how Borat convinces her daughter that women driving, reading, and learning is forbidden in their homeland, but she eventually learns that those rules don’t apply in America. That’s when she decides to leave to become a female journalist, and that really grinds her father’s beans.
The movie also satirizes the COVID-19 pandemic by having Borat crash with rednecks, and thinking he kill the virus with a pan; and when Tutar interviews Rudy about never eating bats before. But those elements are nothing compared to what I see later on. It does get a little boring during the third act, but it picks up the pace.
“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” comes in a timely fashion, and like “Anchorman: The Legend Continues,” “Zombieland: Double Tap,” and “Bill & Ted Face the Music,” the main character is never labored or forced. In fact, Cohen delivers the goods in his own strange, but wacky ways. And Bakalova also provides some hardy laughs. We see her as a dumber member of “The Jersey Shore” or “Real Housewives,” but she eventually blossoms into a young woman, and she’s 15-years-old, BTW.
This sequel continues its legacy of a stupid foreigner learning about America, and how either he adapts to their culture or offends other cultures. Whether or not you like the Presidential candidates, this virus, or any other topic the movie covers, you still need to see how they play out. And with Borat’s levity, you might get a kick out of it. Matter of fact, when I’m writing this review, I wonder how you readers will take this article or the film itself. Guess I’ll have to find out for myself.
Streaming on Amazon Prime