Borat: He made me laugh, he made me cringe


Yesterday I hightailed it to the Ritz at the Bourse for the Philadelphia Film Society’s free screening of Sacha Cohen’s (aka “Ali G”) new comedy, Borat, based on the popular Kazakstani character from Cohen’s HBO series. I was in tears for most of the film. The first 10 minutes contain scenes of Borat in NYC trying to befriend staid businessmen who either threaten to hurt him or end up trying to run away from him, masturbating in front of a lingerie window display, and taking a crap in the landscaped bushes of a high-rise office building. When I wasn’t screaming with laughter, I was gaping at the screen, wondering how the hell Cohen gets away with half of these stunts without cracking a smile or falling out of character. The naked fight scene between Borat and his sidekick Azamat (all 300 nude pounds of him) had me going between fits of laughing til incontinent to shock and disbelief. It’ll be interesting to see if they cut out any of it because it shamelessly pokes fun at bible-thumpers, outs bigots, and mocks the upper class–among a host of other highly offensive, but freaking hilarious comic bits. Highly recommended–but only if you can stomach the image of an obese man sitting atop a Kazakstani reporter, forcing the reporter’s head into his saggy buttocks in a frenzied violent attack.

The film premieres on Nov. 6, 2006.

1 Comment so far

  1. Brandyn (unregistered) on August 5th, 2006 @ 8:07 am

    I’m so jealous that you got to see this already! I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed it…I’ll be there in November!

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