Review: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

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It is incredibly rare that a sequel can live up to the hype and success of its predecessor, let alone surpass it. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is one of those films, taking the memorable gimmicks from the first film, building on them, and taking the social commentary to an effectively high level.

After Borat’s previous outing to America, his home country of Kazakhstan has seen great humiliation, leading to the titular character being banished to manual labor until the Premier sends him back to America with a vital task to get in the United States’ good graces. As one can expect, crazy hijinks ensue as Borat encounters a very different America than his previous visit. What you’ll find with this fantastic film is the same line-crossing, same vulgarity, and same ridiculousness associated with the character amplified by the addition of Borat’s daughter. There was no shortage of “oh my God” statements escaping my mouth, but the beauty is in Sacha Baron Cohen’s ability to utilize the shock value moments to drive at a deeper statement about societal issues. Dare I say that Cohen’s latest is a brilliant piece of artistic narrative that exposes the hypocrisy, delirium, and overall fragility of the current climate within not only the U.S., but the world as a whole.

For one of the first times ever, I cannot identify a single thing that I didn’t enjoy in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. There is never a dull moment, nor a sense of rehashing what made 2006’s Borat such an original film. The addition of “Irina Nowak” (which reportedly may be a fake name for a Bulgarian actress named Maria Bakalova) allowed for further development of Cohen’s character and a surprisingly intimate subplot that takes the film to the next level. 

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is, in a word, phenomenal. Cohen has certainly outdone himself. You can watch the film this Friday on Amazon Prime Video.

Rating 5/5

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