Film Review: <em>Borat Subsequent Moviefilm</em>
Oct 27 2020

Film Review: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

By: David Vicari

This second Borat movie appears to be more scripted than the original, thus making it feel more refined story-wise, but a little less funny/horrifying in its "set-up" situations. Still, many of the gags are pretty potent.

Sacha Baron Cohen once again stars as the fictional Kazakh journalist named Borat Sagdiyev. Borat's homeland of Kazakhstan wants to cozy up to America, so the plan is to have Borat return to the USA and deliver his feral teenage daughter, Tutar (Maria Bakalova, who is absolutely hilarious), to Vice President Mike Pence as a gift.

Like the first Borat, Cohen plays the character while interacting with unsuspecting (?) real people, leading to some cringe-inducing situations. The idea of this social experiment is to reveal people's hypocrisy. Sometimes it's funny, such as when Bakalova's character shows a "lady-like" gold digger that she can open a beer bottle with her "small hole." It's also sometimes very unsettling, like when Cohen goes to a bakery to get a cake for Pence and has the woman at the counter write an anti-Semitic message on the cake (which she does with no objection), or the crowd at a pro-Trump gun rally who sings along to a racist song, or the plastic surgeon who gives off a very rape-y vibe. Then, there is the finale, with Bakalova and a creepy and handsy Rudy Giuliani.

Cohen loves to make us uncomfortable, but this is satire to the extreme, and it is hard to look away from it.

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is now streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.

*** Stars (Out of Four)


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