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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
I adore silly and funny movies. I liked Fargo (a lot!) and although I have become somewhat more of a prude as I age, I still like a naughty joke as much as anyone. This movie was full of hilarious situations, which is probably why it has received so many good reviews. My problem with this movie came when it fell over the cliff to vulgarity for its own sake. I watched "the scene" for several minutes waiting for it to become funny, or even to see the point, but I finally ended up just skipping the scene, which I have never done before. I admit to staying on until the end, as I did want to see the finale. However, all of my memories of what could have been a unique and eccentric look at Americans and our culture are overshadowed by the awful scene I have trouble getting out of my head.