Conversation on 'Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan'

Poster of Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan


Swifty says:
Borat left me slightly underwhelmed.


Swifty says:
Too much hype.
Swifty says:
People calling it the 'funniest film of the decade'.
Swifty says:
Sure, it's revolutionary, with the use of actual people who didn't know that they were in some mockumentary.
Swifty says:
Watching them react to Borat's craziness was funny.
Swifty says:
Because it's all real.
Swifty says:
But it feels like a long skit.
Justin says:
It doesn't work as a film
Justin says:
It's really funny in some parts but that's about it
Justin says:
It's not actually worth paying to see
Swifty says:
I agree.
Justin says:
All of the funny parts combined would be about ten or fifteen minutes total
Swifty says:
Could've saved my money on The Prestige.
Swifty says:
Yeah, the rest would just make me smile.
Swifty says:
Or make me wait til the next outrageously funny part.
Swifty says:
Fillers.
Justin says:
Yeah, too much filler
Justin says:
Other recent neglected movies like Beerfest were far more consistently funny (Beerfest review here)
Justin says:
The Ali G movie was also much better, just so people don't think we're ripping Cohen
Swifty says:
I thought Cohen was funnier in Talladega Nights too. (Talladega Nights review here)
Swifty says:
"Hakuna Matata. bitches!"
Swifty says:
I mean, aside from the now-famous naked fighting scene.
Justin says:
The naked fighting scene is really the only reason to see Borat
Swifty says:
Yeah.
Swifty says:
I mean, it is a cultural phenomenon now
Swifty says:
With people often quoting its lines ("very nice, how much!")
Swifty says:
and it's definitely more deserving than Snakes On A Plane.
Swifty says:
But yeah, there are better comedies out there this year.
Justin says:
I think it'll probably fade like Snakes on a Plane did though
Justin says:
I mean there's just not that much really there
Swifty says:
Yeah, and it's unlikely to have a sequel.
Swifty says:
Now that his cover's been blown.
Swifty says:
So, how are we going to end this review?
Justin says:
Um
Swifty says:
It's a searing satire?
Justin says:
There's not much to say
Justin says:
I dunno, it's not that searing
Justin says:
'People are stupid'
Justin says:
That's not searing
Swifty says:
Yeah, common knowledge.
Justin says:
Anyone who doesn't realize that is a moron.
Justin says:
I'd give it maybe 4 or 5 out of 10
Swifty says:
Yeah. 5 out of 10 from me too. I just felt empty after watching it.
Justin says:
A lot of the scenes are strained
Swifty says:
Yeah, they do.
Justin says:
Like the scenes with U.S. college kids, who even found that funny?
Justin says:
I mean it might be funny in England or something but if you grow up with that stuff it's like 'So what?'


The Borat trailer that everyone has already seen


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