Tuesday, November 07, 2006

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

Much like a good Werner Herzog documentary, it was often hard to tell what was real and what wasn’t. Borat. Werner Herzog. Both are talented foreigners with a camera trying to make sense of the crazy world around them.

While 85 minutes of Borat in one sitting was a little much, I definitely have not laughed as much in a movie in a long time as I did while watching this one. Just when you think Sacha Baron Cohen can’t take it any further, he somehow does. I still can’t believe how long that naked wrestling scene went on. It just kept getting more and more absurd as it went. That is great comedy.

The theater was packed. I wondered how many people in the audience didn’t get that Borat wasn’t real and/or didn’t get the satire. It was hard to say. Everyone enjoyed the movie. Although it was interesting that all of the jokes about gays, Jews, Gypsies, and women were A-Ok but the one blatant joke about black people (calling Alan Keyes a chocolate face) led to the audience hissing.

Director: Larry Charles
2006
Court St. 12

6 comments:

Chris Larry said...

I have been to busy to see this but must rectify soon.....This movie is such a wierd thing...seeing it in court street wild...i think people know its fake but do they get the commentary about rascism/sexism/homophobia....or are they just laughing at racist/sexist/homophobic jokes? Your audience seems to be the latter. And this isnt a critisim I think its the point....Capelle has basically said this grey area with his race based satire made him so uncomfortable he quit.....were they getting the jokes or were people laughing at "dumb N*ggers"......

More after I see Borat but its obviously striking a nerve!

Anonymous said...

Borat seems a bit funny at times and at other times it's all about shocking the audience isn't it?
Plus didn't Andy Kaufman come up with this type of humor way back in the 80's for some reason I'm getting the idea that audiences think this is a brand new way of being comedic. I think Borat is over rated. My interest was peaked for a bit but now I just think he is annoying.

Listmaker said...

got to say i disagree. much much different than kaufman.

you haven't even seen the movie anyway.

Anonymous said...

I've seen enough of him there are myriads of Borat videos on Youtube

Listmaker said...

yeah well, i suppose he's not for everybody.

Chris Larry said...

The debate here is taste, and a useless, pointless debate....

BUT the issues I brought up are not.....as in the ever annoying Debroah Soloman's interview this week in NYT Magazine interview with Chris Rock....where she calls Borats sexism disturbing or some such crap....HELLO????? Soloman your an "intellectual" and you are offended by satire??? The world is mad....she must be fired, she reaches new lows each week...