Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Funny For All The Wrong Reasons.

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
2006, USA
Larry Charles
35mm

I'm quite proud to admit that I've never watched Da Ali G Show. Generally, a show about a Jew pretending to be black would already be about as appealing to me as getting leprosy on my gangrene, but that's not what's bothering me. Actually, I find Sacha Baron Cohen quite a gifted performer, a comedian capable of committing completely andtotally to a role, refusing to break character under any circumstances. What's annoying as hell, however, is the kind of people who like Da Ali G Show, and I'd rather deprive myself of hours of mordant satire than associate myself with those mouth-breathing degenerates. Most people who like the show have no idea what's going on. They see some idiot dressed like them interviewing Butros Butros Gali, confusing the poor man half into the grave he escaped from by moving from Africa to New York, and they think the joke’s on him. But in reality, the joke's on Ali G, or more accurately, the media, which is so obsessed with the youth market they're exactly three demographic points away from getting Tony Yayo to anchor NCB Nightly News. They see his flagrantly homosexual character Bruno, and think it's a slur against gays, whereas it's actually a confrontational stance against celebrity homophobia. And most don't realize that Borat is not meant to ridicule Kazakhstan, but rather the shit-head idiots who go to see Borat. And you know the kind of idiots I'm talking about.

Public Idiot Number 1. And now he's going to shoot me.

1) They've got the box set of Scarface, and they keep their weed in it.
2) They have girlfriends with ponytails so tight the thick layer of pancake makeup covering their pasty white faces is threatening to split and reveal pimply 14 year old skin.
3) Jewelry seems like an acceptable thing to wear to every occasion, whereas most men try to limit wearing necklaces and rings to trips to the gay bar, and whenever they need to be a middle aged Russian gangster.
4) A tattoo of a panther? Seriously?
5) They keep a lot of Tupac CDs in the glove box of their mother's SUV.

These people don't realize that as funny as Borat may be, it's empty and meaningless. Instead of revealing the intolerance and bigotry of the people he encounters, Cohen merely buffoons around, breaking things in an antique shop and trying to kiss people on the subway. There are moments, like a horrifying scene with some half drunk and fully retarded frat boys, that threaten to become interesting, but the rest is just an over-educated Englishman pretending to be a bumbling foreigner in front of annoyed Americans. While a bunch of idiots watch.

Underage? Read a PG-13 review at The Comic Book Bin. Then come over to my house and let me watch you touch yourself. Girls and effeminate boys only need apply.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's going to be a Borat themed party organized by some radio station here in O-town. I'm not positive, but I'm pretty sure that that means a bunch of annoying drunkards doing Borat impressions all night while winning baseball caps and T-shirts with the station's logo on it. Just thought you would like to know in case you needed an excuse to start a killing spree somewhere and couldn't find a really good excuse to do so anywhere else.

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Mr. George Burdi said...

I am really going to miss the sense of anonimity when I drop a Borat quote, now that Mr and Mrs. Middle America is in "the know", and presently scouring all the video stores in the land for "that Allan Gee show" on video casette.

Seriously, are all hipsters going to have to suffer through bad impersenations for the nex year and a half? This makes me wish for an massive outbreak of suicide bombers, even more than at a Santa Claus parade.

1:54 AM  
Blogger Jerk Of All Trades 2.0 said...

....was that just a pro-Borat comment with fucking "hipster" thrown in?

Geebus....

10:54 AM  
Blogger Ash Karreau said...

Batturtle. I've never needed an excuse to start a killing spree, just more ammunition.

2:59 PM  
Blogger nijaz said...

Borat by making this movie the hit that it is has turned into this creature ten times bigger than the Rex and 100 times the bladder size. He has then taken the single long serious piss at all of human kinda. And with the final two drops even killed my super dog.

Congrats to whoever watched the movie, and goes, what a great movie while he shoots you again with a hidden camera and makes a movie again called Gullible Travels

8:53 PM  
Anonymous hJd said...

Oh, please, get over yourselves already. The majority of people who watched and throughly enjoyed this movie (myself included) are sharing a laugh with Cohen at a multitude of things; bigotry (the most obvious and most cited point), the excessive politeness of our culture (he would have gotten kicked out anywhere else if he were to show a bag of a shit to the host of a dinner party), the ignorance of a populace that could believe such a country exists, the utter randomness of choosing a real European nation as his "fictitious" third-world country, and yes, the tomfoolery of breaking antiques and grotesque nude brawling.

5:42 AM  
Blogger Ash Karreau said...

You don't need our permission to find it funny. And there's a difference between liking a movie and finding it good. This is not a good movie, regardless of whether or not you like it.

7:52 AM  
Blogger Jerk Of All Trades 2.0 said...

Holy phuc....."hipster" and "tomfoolery" in the same string of comments.

Who invited the serious person?

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this film is one of the most embarressingly unwatchable abominations in the history of embarressingly unwatchable abominations. every copy of it should be burned at the stake with malice-a-fore-thought and extreme prejudice. by the way, i think sasha baron cohen is a bloody woofter.

4:24 PM  

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