Posted on Monday, October 12th, 2020 by Ethan Anderton
(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Where You Can Stream It: Amazon Prime
The Pitch: Lifted from the sketch comedy series Da Ali G Show, this mockumentary finds comedian Sacha Baron Cohen playing fictional Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev, who is tasked by the Kazakh Ministry of Information to film a documentary on what makes the United States of America the greatest country in the world. As Borat makes his way through the US, he tries to learn about America’s culture and customs while offending and confusing a variety of real Americans who have no idea they’re being filmed for a movie.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: In the years following the success of Borat, it was hard to walk around a college campus or a bar without hearing someone enthusiastically saying, “Very nice!” or shouting “My wife!” whenever anyone made the grave error of nonchalantly referring to their spouse. Those quotes, a naked fight, and an attack on Pamela Anderson are probably what is most remembered about this outrageous and hilarious and comedy, but Borat isn’t just a collection of offensive humor and inappropriate jokes. It’s an embarrassing but unfortunately not-so-shocking indictment of the worse parts of America. Read More »