I wonder if the kids in middle school who quoted this all the time and made me do impressions realized they were the ones this movie was making fun of. A delightful satire of how Americans perceive foreigners and vice versa. I love the scene where Borat meets the feminists and explains how in Kazakhstan women cannot be in groups of five or more unless in "brothel or grave." Sure to raise a few eyebrows.
Sacha Baron Cohen's most effective, nuanced and incisive satire on bigotry: his candid skill at exposing regressions within Western society, by playing the fool in order to reveal the contemptuous core of the candid observer. Whilst his other films feature some hilarious gags, his eye for political savvy has never been more potent.
Divorced from its overhyped and clichéd context (which, as a pretentious teenage fan of the show, I resented), this is a performance art movie, so soaked in blasphemy, truth, piercing satire, and nihilism that its very existence is literally unbelievable. That it went on to become an enormous hit and cultural touchstone is both logical and one of the strangest parts of American film history. A genuine masterpiece.
This one was a game changer for both satire and film in general. I believe that come another 50 years and this will be as iconic for how it effected cinema in its subversiveness as Pulp Fiction or Airplane! Baron Cohen is unmatched in his ability to bait stupid people, and it's fascinating to watch him work his subject. It's also chilling to see what lies beneath the surface of our society.
I would love to analyze this film with postcolonial theory. It's written smart. And the racist jokes are kind of hilarious and they works and no one really gets offended. Except for 'Filipinos eating dogs' part. I'm kidding I love it.