Quick first thoughts on the Borat movie: I laughed a whole lot, but I’m not sure how funny it actually was. That is to say, while plenty of scenes were just straightforwardly hilarious, I think a fair amount of the laughter was more of the nervous-awkward sort, because so much of the humor involves exploiting the stunned reactions of basically well-intentioned people who’ve been conned. (Well, at least somewhat well-intentioned. I’d be more sympathetic to the rodeo manager who gets duped into letting Borat show his “support” for America’s “war of terror” in front of a packed house if he hadn’t, in a previous scene, responded to Borat’s comment about how homosexuals in his country are thrown in jail with: “Yeah, we’re trying to do that here too.”) A lot of the targets of satire here are pretty low-hanging fruit: You’ll be shocked to learn that some southern frat boys have un-PC attitudes about women and minorities. Still, worth seeing at least once: You’ll be laughing hard enough that you probably won’t mind wincing in equal measure.
Cinematic Learnings for Make Benefit of Glorious Blogosphere
November 4th, 2006 · 1 Comment
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