BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM (2020) – My rating: 5.7/10

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is a mockumentary comedy directed by Jason Woliner in his feature directorial debut. It is a sequel to 2006’s Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. The film is about a young girl who is being offered as a bride to Vice President Mike Pence during the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 presidential election. I didn’t like the first Borat movie and I disliked this sequel even more.  Too crass and too absurd for me.

Kazakh’s journalist, Borat Sagdiyev (Sacha Baron Cohen) is released after 14 years of labor in a gulag.  The order was given by the country’s Premier,  Nursultan Nazarbayev (Dani Popescu), who has chosen Borat to embark on a mission and deliver Johnny the monkey to Donald Trump.  Johnny is Kazakah’s most famous porn actor. The Premier is hoping to redeem Kazakh as a nation from the previous dishonor that was inflicted because of Borak’s previous adventure.  However, Borat cannot deliver Johnny to Trump because in the last adventure he took a dump in front of and on Trump’s International Hotel and Tower.  Instead, Borat ops to give Johnny as a gift to Michael Pense.  Nazarbayev accepts the alternative.

In the meanwhile, upon Borat’s release, he returns home in hopes of reuniting with his family but finds instead, that his neighbor and arch-nemesis Nursultan Tulyakbay (Miroslav Tolj) has taken over his entire family and has also stolen his home.  Borat also learns he has a 15-year-old daughter Tutar Sagdiyev (Maria Bakalova) who lives in a cage out in the barn. After greeting Tutar, who begs Borat to let her accompany him to the US&A (America),  he turns her down and leaves. Taking a circuitous route by cargo ship to the US, Borat arrives in Galveston, TX.  Once there he finds himself a celebrity, everyone recognizes him, so he purchases many disguises but it doesn’t help.  When Borat goes to open the crate Johnny the monkey was shipped in, he finds his daughter Tutar instead.  According to Tutar, she ate Johnny.  Troubled, Borat sends a fax to Premier Nazarbayev with the news that Johnny is no longer alive. The Premier responds by ordering Borat to find another way to please Mike Pense or be executed.  Remembering Tutar is there, he offers to give her to Pense as a gift.  Premier Nazarbayev accepts but warns Borat if he fails, he will be executed.

Borat realizes Tutar must undergo a make-over complete with larger boobs and afterward she would need to be presented at a debutante ball. What happens at the debutante presentation was disgusting, foul, and unfunny.  After being ejected from the ball, Borat learns Pence is at a CPAC convention nearby.  He disguises himself as Trump to get into the convention but is thrown out after being recognized as an imposter.  Premier Nazarbayev is outraged and tells Borat to return home to be executed however, he is able to convince the Premier that a change of plan would allow him to give his daughter to Julie Rudiani who is partial to larger breast.  Premier Nazarbayev agrees but again warns Borat that failure will end in his execution.

Despite the absurdity of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, the story was semi-quasi sweet and had a lot of potentials to be much better than it was.  Inflicting scenes that horned in on the most private of privates really spoiled this movie — Borat seems to have a penis obsession. There had to be more than five scenes with growing, grown, or static penis, none of which, in my opinion, were funny. The grossest scene happened at the debutante ball.  I won’t convey the contents in case someone might want to see this movie.  The film was used to cleverly humiliate Trump and his administration, which got some laughs.  Tutor finding herself was heartfelt and addressed many issues concerning women in the Middle East.  Borat gets into so many situations, I couldn’t begin to write about.  If you should see this movie, you’re in for an outrageous ride. On Rotten Tomatoes, 85% of 295 critics positively reviewed the film, with an average rating of 7.2 out of 10. The site’s critic’s consensus reads: “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm proves Sacha Baron Cohen’s comedic creation remains a sharp tool for exposing the most misguided—or outright repugnant—corners of American culture. The film received three nominations at the 78th Golden Globe Awards, winning for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Baron Cohen and Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. FYI: Mike Pence and Rudy Giuliani appear as themselves without their permission. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is streaming on Prime Video — Check It Out!

[BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM is Oscar-nominated at the 93rd Academy Awards for Best: Supporting Actress, and Adapted Screenplay Totaling 2 Nominations]

 

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