“Borat: Cultural Learning Of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” or “Borat” for short, is a hilarious “documentary” made by Borat Sagdiyev, a local Kazakh news reporter, played by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. The basis of this documentary is that the government of Kazakhstan wants to improve their country by following the lead of the world’s greatest country: The U.S. and A. Off goes Borat to America to learn customs and a new culture to benefit Kazakhstan.
He lands in New York City where he rides a subway for the first time, introducing himself to everyone in his sight. Needless to say, these New Yorkers were not very interested in meeting Borat or his chicken, which halfway through the ride, escapes from its home (a.k.a Borat’s suitcase) and makes its way through the subway. Borat soon finds his way to his hotel and after trying to settle himself in the elevator much to the dismay of the concierge. He discovers “America’s greatest show” “Baywatch.” Borat immediately falls in love with Pamela Anderson and soon his whole world revolves around getting to California to find this “most beautiful woman named Pa-em-a-la.”
What follows Borat’s journey to California is a hilarious yet at times, disgusting and disturbing foray into American culture. Borat attends a rodeo, where he is booed from the rink after singing the Kazakhstan national anthem to the tune of the American national anthem, but not before they applauded him for supporting them in their “war of terror.”
This movie is not for the easily offended. It is rude, crude and generally offensive. While it does have its funny moments, there were moments I thought, “I should be the one being paid to watch this!” For those who have watched “Da Ali G Show”, where Borat first appeared, I’m sure you are well initiated into the thoughts and actions of Borat. If not, I would suggest taking it slow. This movie definitely isn’t for everyone.