Borat is Politically Correct (pause) NOT!

Genres: Comedy and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 22 min.
Release Date: November 3rd, 2006 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive strong crude and sexual content including graphic nudity, and language.
Distributors: 20th Century Fox Distribution

Directed by: Larry Charles

JJ Rating: B+

Okay I will state the name of the movie once. Here it goes: Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. From this point forward I’ll just call it Borat for short…if that’s okay with you? Ha.

Borat is a famous journalist from Kazakhstan and he comes to America to do a documentary. What happens is what happens when a fake character with very nonpolitically correct view of the world meets people that seem to have no clue that who they are interacting with is a character…it’s funny. The previews alone are funny and made me want to see this movie. That is how you gauge if you want to see the movie or not. If you think what you saw was funny and you were not offended then you will find the movie funny. If you were offended you best just leave it alone because what they show in the preview is no where near as offensive as what is in the movie.

Like Jackass: Number Two it is difficult to talk about the movie scenes without giving away the shocking surprises that make such movies great. So instead I have to do my best to skirt around the scenes without giving away too much so as to not upset people who just want to know if it was good or not. I will do my best.

I personally love movies that don’t play by the politically correct format that the world seems to really want in cookie cutter fashion. I find that politically correct information is too wordy and loses my attention. This movie isn’t politically correct therefore it kept my attention into the wee hours of the morning. Laughter holds my attention more than sparing people’s weak PC feelings.

The way that Borat is presented is funny. He has a matter-of-fact way of saying things that holds a sense of sensibility and believability which gets the real reactions from those that have been fooled into believing he’s real. In the preview it has him going to a humor coach trying to learn about the NOT jokes. That scene is good. It is one of my favorites. It has timing and it has the correct presentation to make it funny even if I did see it in the preview several times over seeing it on the big screen made it just as, if not more so, funny.

As the rating states there is nudity and it’s male nudity and yes it’s frontal nudity. That’s a nice warning to be had there so that you are prepared for such. I’m not going to go and state out right where it is so you can be all “here it comes” because that would ruin the full shock of the scene. I wouldn’t want to do that to you. If I had to live through it so must everyone else. It’s only fair…and I’m all about the fair.

I like the movie but maybe I’m not a huge fan of Sacha Baron Cohen. I’m not stating he’s not talented just that he’s not totally my kind of humor. I found him to be hilarious in this movie just not as much as others probably do. I don’t find him funny enough to own this movie when it does drop out on DVD. I don’t think it’s a disappointment. It delivered exactly what I had expected. Like the dinner scene that they previewed with him talking about how two women would be considered hot in his country and one of them not is as funny in the movie as it is in the preview…and the scene is one of the better ones because it includes what a restroom is for.

It is rare to see a preview that shows what a movie is going to be about. Usually a preview is set up to fool someone into thinking the movie is to be something but when they see it it’s something else entirely. Borat is not one of those movies. What it presents in the preview is what it is as a movie. So it is what you see is what you get and that’s a fantastic thing to offer and deliver. If only other movies would deliver as they are presented then we would actually have an Oscar show that had movies that no one could deny the right to be considered for Best Picture. They would actually beg to shove more in there instead of switching them out. Borat throws PC out the window and delivers a funny film that will not be an Oscar contender. I’m sure Cohen will cry a river….NOT!

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