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Film Review: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Sasha Baron Cohen returns to the screen as everyone’s favourite ambassador, Borat

Arriving on the eve of one of America’s most momentous elections, actor Sacha Baron Cohen is back in the role of Borat Sagdiyev, the fourth-best journalist in all of Kazakhstan.

Taking place fourteen years after the events of the first film, Borat is imprisoned in a gulag after bringing shame to Kazakhstan with his original documentary.

Released by Nursultan Nazarbayev-the country’s premier, Borat is given the special mission of delivering Kazakh Minister of Culture, Johnny the Monkey to the American Vice President Mike Pence in an attempt to redeem the nation.

Transported across the world in a cargo ship, Borat eventually arrives in Texas where things begin to unravel.

Like most mockumentary films out there, you may believe Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is just here to generate some laughs, however, there are some bigger themes at play. This work has clear political undertones, highlighting political issues that are currently dominating American society including, abortion, Republican versus Democrat, racism and of course the COVID crisis. The film is very clever in the way it highlights these political matters, often relying on politically incorrect jokes and dialogue as well as the many unassuming locals that appear in the feature.

Donning his signature grey suit, black curly hair and Super-Mario moustache, actor Baron Cohen brings back Borat’s signature charm that we’ve come to know and love. However, the real standout is Borat’s 15-year-old daughter Tutar, played by Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova. New on the movie scene, Bakalova brings a real naivety to the role. You believe that she is a sheltered 15-year-old from a tiny country between central Asia and Eastern Europe.

Directed by Jason Woliner in his directorial debut, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is much bolder than its 2006 predecessor, delivering arguably harsher and politically incorrect jokes. It is clear that Baron Cohen was waiting for just the right moment to return to the role of Borat and what better time than during a global pandemic-whilst America prepares for one of its most significant elections in decades.   

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is available on Prime Video.

BOLD 4 stars

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