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Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

February 1, 2021

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020)
Director: Jason Woliner
Actors: Sacha Baron Cohen, Maria Balakova

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Synopsis: Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen), a disgraced former Kazakh journalist, is offered the chance to redeem his status by being sent on a mission to the US to deliver a monkey to US Vice President, Mike Pence. Borat’s teenage daughter, Tutar (Maria Balakova), accompanies him on the journey.

Review: And so it turned out that the MAGA acolytes weren’t the only ones hunting down the former Vice President Mike Pence in the closing days of the Trump presidency!

Sadly, its political prescience and that it also anticipated the increasingly unhinged Rudy Giuliani of Four Seasons Total Landscaping fame, can’t obscure from the fact that Borat Subsequent Moviefilm just isn’t very good or funny. It certainly doesn’t justify its feature length running time, and, much like the first film, might simply have worked better as a series of skits on a late-night comedy show.

The need to saddle the film with a personal narrative arc for Borat strangles the film of much of its satirical zest. Less spoofy dramatisation of Borat’s own relationship with his daughter was needed, and while I get the point Sacha Baron Cohen is making about Borat’s inherent misogyny, that could have been communicated in one or two wry scenes at best, rather than the tedious and elongated sadism that Borat inflicts on his daughter for most of the running time. It just isn’t that funny.

Now, the Giuliani scene is funny, but it would have been so much better if Baron Cohen could have let the scene unspool for a few more moments, so as to fully expose Giuliani’s lusty intentions. That missed opportunity and the excessive focus on the subplot of Borat and his daughter make this an unmemorable return to the big screen for Borat. (January 2021)

One Comment leave one →
  1. Iskra Stoykova permalink
    March 3, 2021 5:36 am

    not sister, daughter

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