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Borat Review

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5.0

Dave White Profile

… screamingly funny and brutally on-point … Read full review

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  • 5.0
    89

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    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
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  • 100

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Very nice. I like Borat very much. I think it is, as everybody has been saying, the funniest movie in years.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The weapon wielded by Cohen and Charles is crudeness. People today, especially those in public life, can disguise prejudice in coded language and soft tones. Bigotry is ever so polite now. So the filmmakers mean to drag the beast out into the sunlight of brilliant satire and let everyone see the rotting, stinking, foul thing for what it is. When you laugh at something that is bad, it loses much of its power.

  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Borat is most gloriously funny moving picture for to make people see their stupidness.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Not since the halcyon days of Archie Bunker and "All in the Family" has so sharp a wit punctured so many balloons.

  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    When Baron Cohen works without a net, he flies.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Brace yourself -- Borat is here. Not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that teens are definitely going to want to see this movie because it has been promoted non-stop on MTV, Comedy Central, Saturday Night Live, among others. It stars cult sensation Sacha Baron Cohen of Da Ali G Show. It's undeniably raunchy, vulgar, and funny; Baron Cohen uses his character Borat to expose the effects of ignorance by targeting ignorant behavior. But unless you want to dive under your seat or clap your hands over their eyes and ears, this is absolutely not kid entertainment. Fake "reporter" Borat lampoons Americans' sexism, racism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, religious intolerance, classism, and ageism by putting people on the spot and peppering them with questions. The movie is full of stuff like naked men wrestling (an extended, rather explicit sequence); visual gags about prostitution, feminism, and marriage (a wife's death is celebrated); toilet humor (literally); and some physical fighting/clumsiness. Jokes aimed at U.S. popular culture and beliefs include references to Baywatch, Michael Jackson, "Dirty Harold," Pentecostal church practices, Jews, rodeos/cowboys, etiquette, patriotic pride, hip-hop culture, and college fraternities. Language includes "f--k," "c--k," "s--t," "ass," "p---y," and just about anything else you can imagine (some in subtitles).

  • Families can talk about deliberately offensive humor. Does Borat's mockery of ignorance and prejudice help the people he targets understand his point, or are they clueless "victims" of his humor? What point is the movie trying to make?
  • Ask your kids if they think viewers who identify with some of theintolerant/over-earnest people Borat interviews will see themselves ina new light. Or will they feel upset by the on-screen encounters?
  • Does the satire help or simply entertain? How can you tell the difference?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie's comedic point is to target intolerance, vulgarity, and classism/racism, which are revealed as Borat interacts with regular U.S. citizens. Borat's own misogynistic, socially unacceptable behavior is all part of his act.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Although the point is not to act like Borat, kids may misunderstand and try to emulate Borat's stunts.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Broad, slapsticky violence (wrestling, etc.); Borat commends the United States' military actions in Iraq; a horse falls down; a bear roars at children and scares them.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Frequent body parts on display (cleavage, men and women in underwear or naked); Borat calls a 900 sex line (nothing explicit); verbal references to sex acts ("sexy time," offers to buy women on the street) and body parts ("vagina," "c--k," "hair from pubis"); allusions to homosexual acts ("rubber fist in my anus"); a prolonged scene in which Borat and Azamat wrestle, naked (penises are blocked out, but scrotums are explicitly set in each other's faces); frequent sexual slang and conversation (Borat's misogyny is a running joke); Borat has a date with a prostitute (pretty tame, but mention of paying for sex); references to a car being a "p---y magnet" photos show Borat's son's penis, full frontal.

  • language false4

    Language: Some profanity, including "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "c--k," and "son of a bitch," plus occasional colorful phrases ("Eat my t-ts").

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Devotion to all things Baywatch. Borat appreciates the materialism and luxury of the United States, as compared to his run-down village in Kazakhstan.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking, references to drugs.

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