Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
You know that feeling.
The one you get on rare occasions when you feel as though you've just witnessed something special. The couple of times you just knew you were in the presence of greatness. Remember?
(I've never really had that feeling, but I've had a couple of friends who've described it to me.)
But, I think I may have experienced it while watching Borat. The Marquee Cinema where I saw the film was standing room only; the only time I can recall seeing a film where movie-goers happily stood in the aisle and munched popcorn while watching a flick. Many people left the theater talking about how special this comedy is, and how hard it made them laugh. And laugh we did...While walking to my car I realized my jaws ached from excessive laughing.
The film is plain brilliant.
Borat comes to America with a film crew to record American culture, hoping the information will help his native Kazakhstan progress past it's current primitive state. Shortly after Borat arrives, he sees an episode of Baywatch, and falls head-over-heels in love with Pamela Sue Anderson. He treks across country to California to meet and wed Anderson. During the trip Borat meets lots of interesting folk, and has several outlandish comedic adventures. Filmed in documentary style, most of the people and situations are real. And that's the beauty of the film.
Borat is politically incorrect, but not in a mean-spirited way. In fact, I think the film is more a satire of how we Americans (and folks immigrating to America) establish our goals, dreams and beliefs about others based on incorrect presumptions and over-generalized ideals. There has been a lot of press over whether Borat promotes anti-Semitism or racism. I don't think it does. Borat is racist and a bigot, but his beliefs are based in ignorance and inexperience. And the movie makes it clear that the joke is on him--we aren't laughing at his jokes about Jews, we are laughing at his ignorance.
This is a special movie that people will be talking about for a long time. Check it out soon.