I had seen Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator (2012) earlier and never really liked it, so when a friend mentioned about his earlier film Borat (2006) I was not keen to watch it, but he convinced me to. Borat (2006) is a satirical dark comedy of American life and values being contrasted with a fictitious country that doesn’t have any. A television presenter from Kazakhstan (not meant to identify the real country by the same name) Borat Sagdiyev (played by Sacha Baron Cohen), visits the USA and travels across the country documenting his interactions with American people. The place Borat comes from lacks in morality, men there treats women as their property and gives them no rights, and their people lack any form of social etiquette.
Starting his journey in New York, Borat is welcomed by the curious Americans into their homes and to Television Studios, but as his uncivilized behaviour comes out in the open, they become disgusted and shun him away. Sacha Baron Cohen makes fun, spares none and ridiculous everyone including Feminists, American conservative politicians, The preachers of Lord Jesus, Drug-addict Students, Celebrities and more. As with “The Dictator”, there are a lot of visuals that are vulgar and obnoxious, if you have a thick skin to stand them and not get offended, you can laugh at many places.
Overall, a dark comedy that is not for everybody and certainly not for kids.
Also published on Medium.