Film Reviews, Short Review

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)


Let’s not beat around here, Borat is one of the funniest comedies of the 21st century, and despite the overall simplicity of its targets, also one of its sharpest satires. And as with so many of the best satires, those who accuse it of racism, anti-Semitism and all manner of bad things are often precisely those whom the film is targeting; the lazy, self-centred, posturing progressivism of so many, not to mention the plain stupidity and ignorance of the those on the other side of the political divide. That Borat was so successful seems to me to be in spite of its own targets, as if the average idiot simply laughed at Sacha Baron Cohen’s character rather than his targets, but then that in itself is the mark of a good satire.


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