'Borat' sacks laughs
Posted Nov. 10, 2006

Sacha Baron Cohen stars in “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” one of the funniest films of the last 400 years.

You must be from Kazakhstan if you don’t think “Borat” is funny.

But “Borat” is no simple comedy.

There’s sorrow, misery and romance – with a prostitute from Alabama and a certain “Baywatch” babe.

This film is simply the most offensive, irreverent, mocking and hilarious film in a long time.

The type of comedy in the film is half witty genius and half slapstick “Jackass.”

And a note for parents: there’s more nudity in this film – mainly involving two extremely hairy Kazakh men – than you should ever want to see.

So bring the entire family for a good time.

Cohen plays Borat, an anti-Semitic TV reporter from Kazakhstan.

The documentary follows his journey to the United States to learn about American culture so he can take the lessons back to Kazakhstan to help the suffering nation.

Borat seeks out instructors to teach him valuable lessons: a driving instructor, an etiquette coach and a feminist panel.

His plan gets sidetracked after he discovers Pamela Anderson, then star of the extremely popular “Baywatch.”

Borat decides he has to find Pamela, who lives in California, and marry her.

If you’ve ever wanted to see Pamela Anderson get stuffed inside a sack, run out and see “Borat.”

At one point, Borat visits a Pentecostal church, and let’s just say he didn’t have to do much to make it funny

If some of the jokes go over your head, you’ll still be laughing at the fact that people are completely oblivious to the fact that Cohen is a famous British comedian, and no one can seem to realize that Borat is just a prank.

But that’s the beauty of this film; Borat is so believable, especially to Americans, because we, as a culture, have a very limited knowledge and understanding of cultures outside of our own.

Cohen plays on that and draws out the worst intolerance in some of the people he meets.

So while some critics may say they just don’t “get it,” you have to realize that this film is very intelligent and witty.

Borat hitches a ride with some frat boys from South Carolina who are traveling across the country getting drunk.

Borat asks them questions about women and other American things, and it’s hard to tell if the frat boys are exaggerating their responses or if they are serious.

Nevertheless, the only bad thing about this movie may be the same frat boys running around in a few weeks shouting “Very nice!” and “Jagshemash!” just like Borat did in the film.

So get your gypsy tears and hen and go see “Borat,” because if it not success, he will be execute.

Eric Iberri can be reached at eiberri@ulv.edu.

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