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

Directed by Larry Charles.
Written by Sasha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Peter Baynham and Dan Mazer.
Starring Sasha Baron Cohen and Ken Davitian.
Release Year:  2006
Review Date:  10/26/06


I won't take up much of your time with this review, except to say this--"Borat", the new Sasha Baron Cohen flick (the "Ali G" guy, also from this summer's "Talladega Nights"), is not only some truly hilarious stuff, but it is also some of the wrongest shit I have seen in a movie in, well, ever.  If you have watched even one episode of "Da Ali G Show", you already know what you will be getting with "Borat"...if it can be believed, this is maybe the best political/social/gross-out humor in the history of filmmaking.  Basically, we get to watch Borat (Cohen) and his producer, Azamat (Ken Davitian), come over from Kazakhstan to film a documentary on the glorious United States of America, courtesy of a road tour across the States.

During our freebie tonight, there were at least a dozen scenes where I found myself laughing uncomfortably at the expense of Jews, blacks, mentally retarded youths, hens, Christians, Southerners, politicians, prostitutes, frat boys, fat people and Pamela Anderson.  If you include at least three fall-out-of-your-chair gutbusters, "Borat" makes for a fun 90 minutes if you are not easily offended.

And, goodness, has full frontal nudity ever been so funny?

Rating:  Opening Weekend


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Bellview Rating System:

"Opening Weekend":  This is the highest rating a movie can receive.  Reserved for movies that exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development, setting...or Salma Hayek.  Not necessarily in that order. 

"$X.XX Show":  This price changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently, it is the $9.50 Show.  While not technically perfect, this is a movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.  "Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca", but you'll have a great time watching.  The $9.50 Show won't win any Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see "Office Space"). 

"Matinee":  An average movie that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.  Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about yourself.  A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave the theater saying "That wasn't too, did you see that Lakers game last night?" 

"Rental":  This rating indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one."  Mostly forgettable, you couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the video store was out of copies of "Ronin."  If you can, see this movie for free.  This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a half stars." 

"Hard Vice":  This rating is the bottom of the barrel.  A movie that only six other human beings have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen.  A Shannon Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a movie.  Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or "Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!  (Warning:  strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard Vice"-rated movies.)

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