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Borat review: Crass, vulgar … but if you love the first film, you will be amazed, writes BRIAN VINER


Borat Follow-up film: Amazing bribe handed over to the American regime to support the once glorious nation of Kazakhstan

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Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani isn't the only person authorized to finger-watch Borat 2. For the rest of us, too, this is sometimes the only correct answer to a comedy that doesn't hit the limits of taste so much as to loot it over the edge of a cliff.

The setup is the same as the 2006 mockumentary that first introduced Sacha Baron Cohen's fictional Kazakh journalist into an unsuspecting world.

Baron Cohens Borat, this time accompanied by his teenage daughter Tutar (referred to as Maria Bakalova), travels America, fooling real people into believing he is the real article.

Vice President Mike Pence didn't know it then, but when he gave his speech at the CPAC earlier this year, he was actually part of a secret sequel to Borat (pictured)

Vice President Mike Pence didn't know it then, but when he gave his speech at the CPAC earlier this year, he was actually part of a secret sequel to Borat (pictured)

For years since the events of 2006, he has broken stones in the gulag to shame his country by making it a global mockery.

But now he's received a mission – and with it a chance to save his reputation. Again and again he convinces people that he really brought Tutar as a present for "Vice Premier Mikhail Pence", the deputy of the great "Prime Minister McDonald Trump", to redeem his distant home from the eyes of the "USA and A".

The results – including a scene in which he disguised himself as Trump interrupts Pence's address to a Republican rally – are again inflammatory funny and almost unobservably unpleasant.

There's another scene where Borat and Tutar are attending a debutant ball in the town of Macon, southern Georgia.

Baron Cohens Borat, this time accompanied by his teenage daughter Tutar (referred to as Maria Bakalova), travels through America pretending to real people that he is real

Baron Cohens Borat, this time accompanied by his teenage daughter Tutar (referred to as Maria Bakalova), travels through America pretending to real people that he is real

Baron Cohen breaks the unwritten rules of comedy again

Baron Cohen breaks the unwritten rules of comedy again

She is solemnly as a student at & # 39; Grand Canyon University & # 39; introduced and studied & # 39; cage maintenance and electronics with a focus on video recorder repairs & # 39 ;.

Just as you marvel at her XX-size gullibility and process the sheer improbability of proud fathers and their daughters of southern beauty dressed up to nine and walking through this absurd social rigmarol in the 21st century while the laughter gushes back in yours Hals in the drama of the Kazakh duo going down to perform their fertility dance, it curdles into something completely different.

Baron Cohen breaks the unwritten rules of comedy again. Is it outrage? Horror? Disgust? Suppressed hysteria? You have to decide for yourself.

In a way, this is Baron Cohen's genius. Once again, he has mastered a film (although directed by Jason Woliner) that is beyond the skill or daring of others. He turns everyone he and Tutar meet into patsies, none other than Giuliani, the 76-year-old former mayor of New York City, who gives this committed foreign girl an interview in a hotel suite – and then finds herself in a situation that sees horribly compromising unless it is a cinematic manual skill.

Borat and Tutar attend a debutant ball in the city of Macon, southern Georgia

Borat and Tutar attend a debutant ball in the city of Macon, southern Georgia

I've seen it twice already and still not quite sure what I saw. In any case, the 24-year-old Bulgarian actress Bakalova is incredibly good at staging even Baron Cohen himself on occasion. Just like the original, Borat 2 is boldly brilliant in that at first it looks like a Mickey take from a backward, former Soviet republic when America is really the only object of ridicule.

This film is specifically about catching the die-hard Trump supporters and far-right conspiracy theorists who pick up on more than a few others on their satirical web, such as a cosmetic surgeon who loves to puff up 15-year-old Tutar's breasts just want to be the next "Queen Melania".

Most of them inadvertently plot in their own ridiculousness, though there are times – like a kind Holocaust survivor in a synagogue – when your heart runs out. Not everyone deserves to be one of Borat's victims.

Likewise, not everyone will want to see this film. If the TV show Game For A Laugh made you wince, it's definitely not for you.

The same is true if you feel that everyone should be allowed their beliefs and ways of life without being fooled by a subversive Englishman with an open camera and political agenda.

Even so, there have been moments when it made me laugh more than any other movie in ages, possibly since the original Borat.

And three applause for its topicality. MeToo sensitivities are cheekily addressed when Tutar realizes that the oppression of women in their own country – where it is anchored in law that men are not allowed to love their daughters as much as their sons – is not the case everywhere.

And there is an inspired twist that affects the Covid-19 pandemic.

But maybe I've already given too much away. If you loved the original Borat, you will love it again. This one is even better.

If you thought it was gross, vulgar, and indescribably childish, then this is a good deal worse.

Borat 2 will be available on Amazon Prime Video starting tomorrow.

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