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

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20th Century Fox Released 2006

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Director:
Larry Charles
Released:
2006
Rating:
R
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is Sacha Baron Cohen's unique documentary which he films while playing the character of an immigrant from Kazakhstan. Borat (Cohen) is an immigrant to the United States who comes looking for fun, fortune, and a wife, whom he believes he will find in Baywatch star Pamela Anderson. Borat travels America with his friend Azamat (Ken Davitian), causing awkward, culturally insensitive moments of which he apparently isn't aware. He interviews feminists, meets politicians, visits a Pastor, meets an ambassador, dates a prostitute, joins a gay pride parade, purchases a bear, and goes streaking. What makes the film the controversial sensation that it is is that Cohen introduces himself to the people in the film in character, claiming honestly to be Borat and saying that he's creating a documentary. Some of those who appear in the film didn't realize the joke was on them until it appeared in the theaters. For obvious reasons, they weren't happy.moreless

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  • 90

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    The brilliance of Borat is that its comedy is as pitiless as its social satire, and as brainy.

  • 90

    Variety

    Uproariously funny mockumentary.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    With his corrosive brand of take-no-prisoners humor that scalds on contact, Cohen is the most intentionally provocative comedian since Lenny Bruce and early Richard Pryor, with a d...

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Comedy, Drama

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Slapstick, Dark Comedy