British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen brings his misogynistic, homophobic, racist, possibly murderous, but ultimately lovable Kazakhstani journalist Borat Sagdiyev to the big screen in a pseudodocumentary that is guaranteed to make you squirm if you have a lot of white liberal guilt. As with the segments on Cohen’s Da Ali G Show, Borat: the movie will consist largely in Borat’s interactions with unsuspecting denizens of Middle America with the hope of gleaning so-called “cultural learnings.”
Borat has already inflamed his “home country” with his embarrassing claims. That their wine is made from horse urine, for instance. After repeated efforts to correct Cohen’s caricatured presentation, the government of Kazakhstan recently decided to let well enough alone. A member of the Kazakh opposition this week even went so far as to say that his country (which, under the rule of President Nazarbayev, has been accused of violating human rights and curtailing civil liberties) deserved Borat.
The real object of Cohen’s satire usually turns out to be his American interlocutors, who frequently display an embarrassing affinity for the foreigner’s backward opinions.
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– Jonathan Adams