Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm ★★★

3-out-of-4: I'm entertained.

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is a cringe comedy.

The story of this sequel remembers that Borat first came to America 14 years ago to make a documentary, but reveals that he embarrassed his country along the way. Now he's been given the opportunity to redeem himself, and his country of Kazakhstan, by making a gift to the powerful, enviable leaders of the US -- specifically, "Vice Premier" Mike Pence. When things go wrong with the original gift, Borat comes up with a new plan, and the movie follows as he attempts to bring pride to Kazakhstan.

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is cringe comedy, the kind that Sacha Baron Cohen is famous for -- i.e., acting/performing around regular people who aren't aware that they're in the middle of a scene. It's not for everyone, often it leaves me squirming, but even then, or maybe especially then, it's the kind of thing I just can't make myself stop watching. It can be mean, but here I think it's mostly humorous to watch people's responses to Baron Cohen, especially in light of Borat's own celebrity status. There is some good humor, often political, mixed throughout this movie.

But it's not just cringe comedy. There's also a lightly touching story about Baron Cohen and daughter Maria Bakalova getting to know one another and develop familial love -- something that reaches its end comedically, and dramatically, in the duos' interaction with an unknowing Rudy Giuliani (in a scene that most people will be waiting for since it was all over the news shortly before the movie's release. That's some great, free PR).

I enjoyed the movie for its cringe and drama, and also for how well these two elements get mixed up. So I'll say the movie's very nice. High five.

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