Continuing on my mini-reviews of films I saw at the festival that have recently hit the theatres… I thought I’d touch on Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
Freakin’ hilarious. Super offensive.
It’s hard to describe just how offensive this movie is. Offensive to residents of middle Asiatic countries, offensive to Jews, offensive to blacks, offensive to gays, offensive to women, okay, basically offensive to human beings.
I already blogged about the midnight premiere of this movie at the TIFF… (Donkey carts, a broken projector and Michael Moore on the first night; Dustin Hoffman sitting in the audience the back up night.) But I don’t think I touched on how truly funny the film is.
Part of me thinks I should be ashamed of myself for finding this movie so funny. It makes you wonder when joking about something crosses the line. But perhaps the reason Sasha Baron Cohen’s satirical comedy works so well is that every topic he tackles is so far far over the line.
Also shocking is how little some of the unsuspecting people he interacts with in the movie react to his blatent racist and sexist comments. Many don’t bat an eyelash. Scary comment on American society.