Thursday, September 14, 2006

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

The reviews are in and it looks like Sacha Baron Cohen has produced a masterpiece of satire. I found myself cracking up just from reading the reviews (a few linked below). The fact that the film (to be released in November) is already an “international incident” and that the President of Kazakhstan is rumored to bring the the matter up (and this is not a joke) with President Bush in their upcoming meeting is…well…amusing. Kazakhstan has threatened a lawsuit against Cohen, who responded to the legal threats by remaining in Borat guise and saying, "I'd like to state I have no connection with Mr Cohen and fully support my Government's decision to sue this Jew. Since the 2003 reforms, Kazakhstan is as civilised as any other country in the world. Women can now travel on inside of bus, homosexuals no longer have to wear blue hats, and age of consent has been raised to eight years old."

To give a small taste of reviews, this one comes from the Hollywood Reporter: "This year you are not going to find a more appalling, tasteless, grotesque, politically incorrect or slanderous film than "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. You probably won't laugh as hard all year either. For once it's true: "Borat" has to be seen to be believed. Like an exploding cesspool at a country club dinner. To the best of my knowladge, this is the first film to ever satire a predominantly Muslim country, although Kazakhstan can hardly be viewed as radical, and in some ways is an easy target makeing the film something of a cheep shot as halarious as it may be. When comedians take on Saudi Arabia with the same intensity, that will be a sign of real normalcy.
'Borat' mockumentary gets unusual publicity
Borat the Subject of Bush Summit
White House Denies Meeting on Scary 'Borat' Crisis
"Borat" the year's most offensive masterpiece
Borat kicks up storm of controversy on red carpet

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