‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’ a lot like the first one


Remember Borat? From, like, 14 years ago? That stupid foreign stereotype character whose funny accent has haunted us ever since? Well, he’s back in a new sequel straight to streaming, and I think it’s just as funny and stupid as the first.

Whether or not you’re going to like a new Borat movie depends entirely on how much you enjoyed the first one. He’s an over-the-top character designed to expose the uncomfortable foibles of America’s right wing. So if you don’t want to see him poke awkward fun at the Trump administration and its true believers, this isn’t the movie for you.

But if that is exactly what you want to see, and you already enjoy Borat’s particular brand of satire, then “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” should be a hit. It’s available for streaming on Amazon Prime.

Borat, the Kazakhstani journalist played by Sacha Baron Cohen, has spent the past 14 years in a gulag after his first movie embarrassed his home country. But now he’s being sent back to America so that Kazakhstan can make good with the Trump Administration by bringing a gift to Vice President Mike Pence.

Little does Borat know that his previously unknown daughter, Tutar, has stowed away on his journey. She easily steals the show.

The Borat humor style is classic Candid Camera stuff. The Borat and Tutar characters are extreme caricatures and they push themselves into the faces of ordinary Americans, either to get a funny reaction out of them or to expose their politically incorrect opinions. And you’ve got to have a sense of humor for that sort of thing to find this Borat sequel funny.

Personally, I think it’s a blast and I really enjoyed this sequel. It’s as dumb as can be, but still funny. When Borat discovers his daughter has come to America, he visits a hardware store to buy a cage to keep her in (an apparent Kazakhstani custom), so the salesman finds himself discussing how best to keep women in cages. There’s also a hilarious running gag where Borat visits a strip mall print shop in order to send faxes back and forth with the Premier of Kazakhstan, and the salt-of-the-Earth old clerk behind the counter has to relay messages from a fictional head of state about how Borat is going to be executed.

Of course, these skits get more and more political, and that’s where the movie is going to divide audiences. “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” was filmed in secret during the first two months of the coronavirus pandemic and he tackles the topic head on by spending time with QAnon believers and at an anti-mask, pro-Trump rally.

Only you can decide whether or not you’re going to find that sort of thing funny.

If you enjoyed the first Borat movie from 2006, chances are you’re going to enjoy “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” because it’s more of the same. This time, he brings along a new daughter character and she’s just as much fun. I had a lot of fun with this dumb movie.


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