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
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
"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 bad...man, 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
"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