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Borat

2006 Comedy

Master of disguise Sacha Baron Cohen hits the road to explore America as the crude Kazakstani reporter Borat in a feature mockumentary that brings one of the Da Ali G Show star's most popular characters to life on the big screen. Sent by the Kazakh Ministry of Information to gain a better understanding of American culture and bring his findings back home, Borat and faithful producer Azamat (Ken Davitian) set their sights in New York City. When the citizens and interview subjects of the Big Apple seem less than receptive to Borat's distinctively unrestrained approach and the curious Kazakh television personality stumbles across an episode of Baywatch while channel-surfing in his hotel room, he becomes instantly smitten with screen siren Pamela Anderson. Now confident that the only way to discover the true essence of America is to travel to California and make the bikini-clad beauty his bride, Borat purchases a ramshackle ice-cream truck in which he and Azamat will make their way across the Great Plains and on to the sunny West Coast -- all the while coming into contact with a wide variety of "typical" Americans. Within this loose, scripted framework, Borat engages in his usual misbehavior with unsuspecting strangers, from accidentally releasing a chicken from his suitcase on a New York subway ride to a formal interview with Alan Keyes. more..

Director: Larry Charles

Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell, Spirea Ciorobea

Reviews

  • Very nice. I like Borat very much. I think it is, as everybody has been saying, the funniest movie in years.

    Roger Ebert - The Chicago Sun-Times

    19 January 2013

  • You won't know what outrageous fun is until you see Borat. High-five!

    Peter Travers - Rolling Stone

    19 January 2013

  • It's screamingly, hysterically, laugh-through-the-next-joke, laugh-for-the-next-week funny. It's so inventiveâ?¦This is a film by an original and significant comic intelligence.

    Mick LaSalle - The San Francisco Chronicle

    19 January 2013

  • The result is a perfect combination of slapstick and satire, a Platonic ideal of high-and lowbrow that manages to appeal to our basest common denominators while brilliantly skewering racism, anti-Semitism, sexism and that peculiarly American affliction: we're-number-one-ism.

    Ann Hornaday - The Washington Post

    19 January 2013

  • A comic put-on of awe-inspiring crudity and death-defying satire and by a long shot the funniest film of the year. It is "Jackass" with a brain and Mark Twain with full frontal male nudity.

    Ty Burr - The Boston Globe

    19 January 2013

Awards

  • Top Box Office Films

    ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards (2007)

  • Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay

    Academy Awards (2007)

     
  • Best Film

    Austin Film Critics Association (2007)

     
  • Best Comedy Film

    British Comedy Awards (2007)

     
  • Best Comedy Movie

    Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards (2007)