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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Borat - Tres Disappointing

Put it down to the magnified exepectations its previews and publicity raised, but I found Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazhakhstan a bit disappointing. The movie was funny, but the best bits were on youtube already and there was very little good stuff that was new. So purely as an enjoyable funny movie, it was disappointing for me. However if you haven't OD-ed on Borat clips on youtube like I have, it is one of the funniest films in recent times. Especially if you are discerning enough to look beyond the slapstick and recognize the underlying dark humour.

The movie is an excellent satire on prejudice and stereotypes. People who have been offended by it, and found it, of all things possible, an anti-semitic film are so not in the same zip code as the point.