Post by Pittsnogle_Goggins on Nov 29, 2018 0:21:31 GMT
I randomly caught this on cable last night and haven’t seen it in many years. I have to say I still found it extremely hilarious and of course ridiculous. Sasha Baron Cohen really caught lightening in a bottle with this.
Post by Tommen_Saperstein on Nov 29, 2018 6:09:45 GMT
I think I enjoyed it more back in the day but I checked it out fairly recently and found the character more grating than funny. There were a lot more highlights in Bruno (baby OJ, the fashion show, making out with a ghost, the Mexican chair people, boot camp, the swingers party, RON PAUL in a hotel room) that instantly stick out to me even as I'm writing this, and the character is just so much more topical and accessible. Bruno as a whole is a lot more memorable to me, with much crazier and more pointed stunts. The only thing I remember about Borat (apart from that obnoxious accent) is the nude wrestling bit which was more awe-inspiring for its brazenness than laugh-out-loud funny. I don't remember what the film was trying to satirize because the vehicle for its satire is off-the-wall and arbitrary (a tribesperson from any other culture would have provided Cohen the same opportunities for his poor foreign people jokes). It was too zany to be as politically charged as I think it wanted to be, and too foreign (in hindsight anyways--I know 2006 was a different time and the film probably made more sense back then).
I will add that the overarching narratives in both Borat and Bruno are incredibly flimsy and even tedious at parts, as they really only serve to string together Cohen's various situational gags. I just had more fun with Bruno's gags. A lot more fun. Bruno is underrated as hell.
OutSTANDING movie. Though I could have done without the naked brawl. Pamela Anderson is happiness, and Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is the pursuit. One lie in search of another.