Borat (2) keeps true to its roots and leaves viewers falling into confusion.


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“Borat Subsequent Movie Film: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” released on Oct. 30 to Amazon Prime, takes an unscripted look at America. Produced by Sasha Baron Cohen (Borat), the film uses harsh humor that leaves the viewer in a state of indefinite disturbance. The film not only leaves the viewers shocked, but conveys very powerful political messages in a raw form. 

The original “Borat” was released in 2006 and followed the life of Borat, a reporter from Kazakhstan, as he visited the United States (U.S.) in hopes of making a documentary about what makes the U.S. an admirable nation. The sequel follows Borat’s second experience in the U.S.. In his journey he is tasked with giving Johnny the Monkey, Kazakhstan’s most famous adult film star, to Mike Pence in order to help maintain a beneficial relationship between Kazakhstan and the U.S.. His journey takes him through America’s new-found social dilemmas in the age of technology. 

The movie follows Borat and his 15 year old daughter, Maria Bakalova (Tutar), through the lens of hidden cameras and rushed footage. Using hidden cameras allows Cohen’s crew to catch many hidden sides of America. When Borat attends a Washington rally in Olympia he acts as a performer, getting the crowd to sing along to the lyrics: “Obama, what are we gonna do? Inject him with the Wuhan flu.” Later in the film, when the militia members in the rally have a confrontation with local Black Lives Matter supporters, they realize that Borat is misleading the members to get them to sing offensive verses, and they rush the stage with one attendee allegedly reaching for his gun. Luckily for Cohen, he hired the security for the event and they stopped the assailant from reaching him. 

The film is composed of real yet painful interactions in America regarding feminism. Ranging from unstaged fertility dances showing off period blood, to Borat as he leaves his daughter Tutar with a plastic surgeon hoping to get her breast implants. As many of the scenes put citizens in compromising positions, it honestly shows the moral compass of many Americans. These scenes add so much more to conveying the apparent injustices in America. He uses these tactics through many different demographics across the country. Whether Borat is asking someone if they would sexually abuse his daughter or telling stories of rape, he puts people in situations where they state their views on feminisim. 

Even though the movie follows a singular quest, it feels like a series of comedic skits stitched together to make a partly cogent storyline. At times it is hard to sit through, as the varying citizens that take part in the skits are unaware that they are being filmed. The viewer can’t help but flinch at the frequent disturbing scenes. This makes it very difficult to sit through the total hour and 36 minutes of the film. However, through the overwhelming comedy, the film keeps the audience on the edge of their seat.

Overall, unscripted scenes and real reactions add a truthful aspect to the movie that is rarely attained in other films. Although the movie is scraped together with abrupt turn-overs to new skits or scenes, the general audacity of the movie, as well as the lengths taken by the cast to get the final product, makes the film a four out of five.