Movie Review: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

November 19, 2020

Details from IMDB:

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020)

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (original title)
Follow-up film to the 2006 comedy centering on the real-life adventures of a fictional Kazakh television journalist named Borat.


 Jason Woliner


 Sacha Baron Cohen (screenplay by), Anthony Hines (screenplay by) | 11 more credits »

Initial Thoughts:

I saw the first Borat movie and it was good, funny and of course wildly provocative. I even saw the forgettable "Bruno" (don't bother watching it, terrible movie) and of course very almost no new movies this year, we decided to watch the sequel to Borat on Amazon. After 14 years the US is worse than ever and it's certainly ripe picking for another Borat movie.

Main Points:

This is a strange movie (as is the first one) as we have not one but characters (Borat has children now and his daughter comes with him to America) who act totally wild and inappropriate every chance they get with regular people. What is amazing is how people just accept and go along with the behavior, including things like buying a cage for a person (his daughter) and a young woman about to have sex with Rudy Giuliani! (Trump's personal lawyer and former Mayor of NYC).

There are parts I laughed but not nearly as much as the first one. Mainly its just a combination of shock and acceptance about just how far the US has fallen. The fact that he can go to a Trump rally (during the worst of COVID) and get people to sing a song about killing and giving people the disturbing to say the least. As Cohen says himself he wants to show just how bizarre/terrible the way people can act.

To be clear the film does also show good, wholesome people who really try help Borat and his daughter. While he takes some scenes really far, he does pull back before anything becomes pornographic. 

Final Thoughts:

Cohen has guts and pulls very few punches here, he rightly exposes just how terrible the US and people like Giuliani are. It is a warning for what can happen in society when a President appeals to worse nature of people. So I did enjoy it, but not a lot. I just found a lot of the jokes either fell flat or went too far. I can only give it 7 out of 10 and a very cautious recommendation. Please don't let your kids watch this, ages 18+ for sexual situation, blood, coarse language and just disturbing stuff. Cohen is a talented actor and he should really do something else, this should be the last we see of Borat.