When I first read about this movie, I thought… Sasha Cohen the little Olympic figure skater made a movie? Before seeing the film, I had no knowledge of Sacha Baron Cohen, his HBO show or any of his characters. My first experience was this film—Borat.
With so much pre-release hype, there was worry the film might flop just like Snakes on a Plane. So they scaled back on the number of screens they planned to show the film originally on its opening weekend. I tried seeing it Friday through Sunday without any luck. They must have double sold seats, because even with fewer screens showing this film, it grossed almost $25 million opening weekend. I finally saw it tonight—day five.
I walked into the theater with 4 friends from work with my fingers crossed that it was going to be a smart comedy. I left that theater with way more than I expected. WAY MORE. It has to be one of the smartest comedies I’ve seen in a long time. It was non-stop laughter from start to end. I don’t know who laughed louder, me or my friend Pam. At times I felt like apologizing to the people around me because of my loud uncontrollable cackling. I almost laid an egg. Cohen has a unique way of tackling inappropriate topics and cultural stereotypes—not dancing around the edges all half-ass, but committing 110%. It was definitely FULL-ASS. I believe Cohen’s commitment and absolute risks make this a truly smart and ingeniously funny film—a film I will definitely see again.
It’s not that I don’t want to write too much about the film’s content, I don’t think it’s possible. No plot synopsis or character description, regardless how well-written, would do the film justice. I recommend you just go out and experience it first hand.
Sacha Baron Cohen—aka Borat—thank you for LETTING ME HAVE IT!
Video #1—Official Borat movie trailer
Video #2—Ali G fans, help me out… (See note below)
Is that Cohen/Ali G at the beginning of this ghetto fabulous music video from 2000 or 2001? Check out the first 30 seconds, then let me know by leaving a comment. Thanks.