Last night I watched the Borat movie. I know it’s been out for a while but I just never have time to go to the movies. That is also the reason you won’t see many movie reviews on this site. A certain friend who regularly watches movies promised to do reviews for me but has never delivered. You know who you are, Dan.
The movie stars Sacha Baron Cohen aka Ali G and Bruno. I am a fan of Ali G, I find him humorous and very clever. This movie was funny in some parts and in other parts it was pretty disgusting, if you’ve seen it you’ll know what I’m referring to, if not I’m sorry but I can’t talk about it. If you don’t like Ali G then I don’t think you’ll enjoy this movie either. The story is that Borat is sent to America from his home country of Kazakhstan in order to gain knowledge of their culture to the possible benefit of Kazakhstan. What follows is a very humorous adventure through American subcultures.
The interesting thing about this movie is really in the social commentary. Borat tells the people he encounters about how things are in Kazakhstan, which includes degradation of women, maltreatment of the mentally disabled, persecution of Jews and homosexuals. It’s very interesting to see how the Americans, given this opportunity, express solidarity with some of these practices. Borat reveals that underneath the facade of political correctness, racism, anti-semitism and discrimination are all alive and well. Sadly, this is not only true of the United States, but of many countries including our own.
I’ll give the movie a 7 out of 10. One of those points is purely for the revealing social commentary.