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Borat

Borat

Date: Apr 18 2007

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Borat is the invention of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and was first seen on the UK’s Da Ali G Show. The fictional reporter from Kazakhstan can get an interview with just about anyone, and has elicited some hilarious footage involving powerful politicians as well as regular citizens.

Recently, Cohen made a feature film. It’s a fake documentary that chronicles Borat’s visit to the US. A few scenes are getting the comedian into trouble with some of the people he put in the movie, and the government of Kazakhstan has banned the film. But most movie-goers agree that this flick is hilarious.

Listen to Kevin and Mason laugh about Borat.

Dialog

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Kevin

Kevin

Mason

Mason

Kevin:  Borat!

Mason:  Funniest movie of the year.

Kevin:  I was literally sitting in the cinema thinking I had not laughed that hard in a very long time.

Mason:  Wow. I, I don’t laugh out loud in movies all that often. But the entire theater was, was just losing it.

Kevin:  It was great. It was great.

Mason:  Uh, what’s, to, like, to you, what’s the favorite, what’s your favorite part about what he’s doing?

Kevin:  Well, for one, I like that he picks on everyone. I mean, I think he, he shows some people’s true colors, which in one respect is funny ‘cause you can’t believe someone would say that on camera...

Mason:  Yeah, yeah. The people that aren’t the act…

Kevin:  .... Even thinking it’s a Kazakhstani reporter, right?

Mason:  There’s really only, like, two actors and the stuff that he gets normal people to say…

Kevin:  It’s amazing.

Mason:  Yeah.

Kevin:  Um, and also the scene in the hotel room when they’re wrestling is, was really out of control.

Mason:  Were you…

Kevin:  Really…

Mason:  That, uh, uncomfortable…

Kevin:  Yes.

Mason:  A little awkward for me. I was, uh…. But then, you know, when they go running into the middle of that conference hall, and you’re just, like, “Did those people know?” To me, that was the amazing part of it. It’s, like, I don’t know what was real and not.

Kevin:  Yeah.

Mason:  All… it all looks real. So much of it looks real, but then the other things, you’re thinking, there’s no way they could’ve made that happen in cinema without more people being in on the joke.

Kevin:  I would agree.

Mason:  But no one will ever know because he’ll never talk. And there’s the brilliance.

 

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Discussion

Kevin and Mason both laughed hard while they were watching Borat.

Kevin loves that Borat will try to talk to anyone, and that he usually can get people to open up about how they really feel about certain subjects.

Mason says he felt uncomfortable during one scene. They didn’t want to reveal too much about the movie, but they were talking about a scene that involved some shocking nudity.

Kevin and Mason agree that the reason the Borat stunts work is because you can’t tell who’s in on the joke and who’s not.

Are you a fan of Sacha Baron Cohen’s comedy?

Have you seen Borat?

 

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Colibri

Colibri

Russian Federation

Just saw  the movie yesterday. It was hilarious. It is so dumb, but the sense is this movie is much much deeper than just in direct jokes. This film has nothing about  Kazakhstan (people do not look like Kazakh at all nothing similar, it didn't take place there, and when they try to speak native "Kazakh language, they actually do it in several different lang such as Armenian and Polish,  and some people (remember guys who picked him up while hitchhiking) even don't know where is Kazakhstan and what is Soviet Union. Yes, some people especially from Kazakhstan can be offended (and it is understandable, this movie was banned in Kazakhstan), but  the sense of it much deeper, it could be from any country about America.  

05:37 PM Oct 15 2009 |

ridz

ridz

Pakistan

l ve n0t seen thz movie yet but i can say tht if ppl r gettin happy with da act ov borat thn he must b appreciatin fo tht

12:52 AM Sep 25 2009 |

kukuka

kukuka

Ukraine

the movie is great …my favourite one

08:47 AM Jan 27 2009 |

Josh K

Josh K

Guatemala

ffffffffff

03:04 PM May 03 2007 |

silver girl 4 u

Romania

maybe it`s funny…but the first part was filmed in Romania and the ppl who live in that village thought that they `ll appear in a documentary about their bad financial position and all was a lie

09:56 AM Apr 20 2007 |

syant

syant

Indonesia

very funny, but odd.

12:26 AM Apr 19 2007 |

Fenianbhoy

Fenianbhoy

Austria

Yakshemash…my name is borat i like you i like sex ….its nice :DDD hahaha

06:32 PM Apr 18 2007 |

icy_zl

China

not bad

01:05 PM Apr 18 2007 |

lucaspriz

lucaspriz

Italy

everyone loves different movies but i think that borat is one of the worst i’ve ever seen

11:01 AM Apr 18 2007 |

hady

hady

Russian Federation

no laughing matter at all. actually ppl’d better laugh on puns than on sitcom acting(( so nothing to speak of

10:29 AM Apr 18 2007 |

Blue-Smile

Blue-Smile

Switzerland

I don’t know Barat, but the main thing is that people can laugh, it’s really healthy and makes life worth living ;-)

08:34 AM Apr 18 2007 |

fAce

China

hello everyone .I’m a chinses boys.I’m not good at english ,but i love it .

08:18 AM Apr 18 2007 |

somaliland

somaliland

Somalia

one thing is true:laughter is essential for keeping us healthy. “a good laugh a day keeps the doctor away.”

06:00 AM Apr 18 2007 |

abdeeq

abdeeq

Somalia

i love it

05:29 AM Apr 18 2007 |

ayenk

ayenk

Indonesia

i haven’t seen this movie yet. Great to know you guys like it.

05:04 AM Apr 18 2007 |

sebrina_zd

China

It’s hilarious. But it make Kazakhstan a embarrassed people to the world.

01:55 AM Apr 18 2007 |

Nida786

Nida786

Pakistan

i love Brave Heart!

05:44 AM Dec 27 2006 |

Everwelwisher

Pakistan

Movies play a good role in learning english… Tahirlively@hotmail.com

05:34 AM Dec 27 2006 |

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