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

Alternate Title: Lobo: Making Other Title for Benefit of Glorious Movie List for a Funny, Funny, Film - NOT!

Story: Sacha Baron Cohen has made one funny film. It is a political satire and his target is us. It is both high and low culture and filled with many slap stick scenes. It goes way over the line on taste and visually it is often cringe-worthy. Did I mention it was really funny, too? DirectorLarry Charles manages to pull it off to a fault.

Cohen in his altered state as Borat Sagdiyev, is a Kazakhstani TV personality, who travels to America to explore what our culture is all about. On his cross country trek he meets some very scary folk out there in Americana-ville. Among other spots he hits the canyons of NYC, western rodeos, driving instructors, an exploration in Southern hospitality, an examination of urban youth, Southern fraternity boys (some of the scariest in the film), hookers and the American icon herself, Pamela Anderson.

If you offend easily, stay away from this film. There are racist remarks, homophobic tirades, anti-semitic rants, scatological bits and misogyny to name a few. However, if you have a sense of humor about this vast land of ours, check it out and make for yourself a very funny movie experience.

Acting: Sacha Baron Cohen does not break character once. I could not but be reminded of Andy Kaufman at his greatest. I was also surprised that this production team was not decked during some of the scenes.

Predilection: None

Critters: A chicken and a bear

Opening Titles: A funny introduction into Kazakhstan.

Theater Audience: It was early on a Sunday morning and there were not too many movie goers at that time. There was a touch of irony in the fact that my movie buddy and I saw the film at a converted Yiddish theater built in 1926. The theater still has some of its original Star of David carvings throughout.

Weather: The weather proved fine for Borat's journey.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 2

Squirm Scale: 2

Drift Factor: Some of the scenes went on longer than necessary.

Predictability Level: high

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: NOT

Big Screen or Rental: Either would do.

Length: 90 minutes