Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Borat: The Emperor Wears no Clothes!

Took my wife to see Borat the other day. While she wasn't particularly thrilled by the prospect, I was talking her into it. As a huge Ali G fan, I was familiar with Sacha Baron Cohen and the subversive humor of his characters. And after I saw the torrent of good reviews, I put it on my must-see list.

But unfortunately, we both left disappointed. The emperor wears no clothes here -- the movie just isn't that good!

Oh - you're balling your sister. Genius!

Sure, there were some good moments, but all in all, it was just crude. If you like crude (and there's certainly nothing wrong with crude -- it's just that crude humor purely for the sake of crudeness is not my particular bag) then you loved this movie. If you don't, I'm guessing you didn't.

All these reviewers who are calling Cohen a
"genius" are waaaaay offline. What part struck you as genius, exactly? The part where he's jerking off to a Victoria's Secret store window, or the part where he naked-wrestles a fat friend of his and ends up getting smacked in the face with his balls?

Or, was it the "subversion" you were referring to, the grand exposure of ingrained American stupidity and predjudice that is weakening the knees of liberal-minded people around the globe? I mean, there's some of that here, but it's pretty weak. Among other "grand revelations," the movie "subtly" points out that Dixie rodeo fans are homophobic and anti-Muslim, frat boys are drunken idiots, and New Yorkers are crusty. Woooooo! You have shaken me to my very foundations, Borat. I'll never look at life the same way again. All I'm saying is, he should either find tougher targets, or not be so proud of himself next time. Don't shoot fish in a barrell and expect the Bassmaster Trophy.

So that's it. I know plenty of people see it differently, but, well, I think you're wrong. Like I said, there were a few good moments, but they were few and far between. Maybe the Bruno movie will be funnier. But I doubt it.

Borat page [Rotten Tomatoes]
The Genius of Sacha Baron Cohen [The Epoch Times, U.K.]
Da Ali G Show [HBO]

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ombudsman said...

Ouch! For an over-the-top crude comedy, I think the movie has sparked far more discussion on race and ignorance that can reasonably be expected. No, it's not a life changing satire, but I do think many people were truly surprised by some of those southerners and frat boys and how willingly they shared their opinions with a stranger.

Gary Aiken said...

I don't think there's anything so beautiful as seeing the openness and generosity with which Americans feel free to express their opinions and thoughts no matter how ignorant, uninformed, or otherwise moronic those thoughts and opinions turn out to be.