Friday, December 22, 2006

Borat- Cultural Learnings of America

I finally saw the Borat film tonight and I have to say it was one of the funniest films I've seen in a long time. The film is pure comedy from start to finish and some of the scenes are hilarious especially the one with the American anthem and the toilet scene. Although it is a pretty short film, I never got bored with for one minute and Sacha Baron Cohen is fantastic in the film. Well worth seeing and the best comedy I've seen since the first American Pie and that was a few years ago.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm rather sad to realise that despite being a progressive/Labour person, even you were not live to the hidden racism and commercial opportunism of Ali G! Coz, despite his undoubtedly superb comedy skills, he opportunistically chose for the Western (particularly Anglo-American) audience a Muslim country that would both be safe to redicule (though not being factually correct at all!) as well would tickle our latent prejudices/ignorance! Would he have (commercially) dared to make (similarly inaccurate/fantasy-based) fun of, say, the Shephardic Jews of New York??? Think, Martin, think!

6:45 am  
Blogger Martin Whelton said...

Interesting argument but Sacha Baron Cohen is Jewish and it could be said that the file is anti-Semitic(the secene about The running of the Jew). Though it does also ridicule America as well. Maybe it would have been better if he had used a fictional country. If you accept it as being fiction I think it ok. Kazikstan is also a mixed country split betwee orthodox and muslim.

1:44 pm  
Anonymous justinas said...

IMHO Borat is a good commercial cinema. I agree with anonymous in his mind, but I dont think that americans can fully understand humour of this film and reality that this film shows. It like a old tale with a lot of questions and answers we get individually

1:39 pm  

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