Usually when I see a movie that’s been hyped to all get-out I end up being disappointed. Conversely, when I see a film that’s gotten little or no press, or bad press, and that film turns out to be good, it seems a lot better than maybe it really is. I loved the first new Gamera movie in 1995 way more than it deserved because my expectations were so low, for example. But, then again, I also liked Titanic a lot in spite of the way it had been promoted.
Borat isn’t nearly as good as everyone seems to think. But, then again, nothing could ever be that good. I guess I don’t really get why every God damned thing in this world has to be presented as if it’s THE GREATEST THING ANYONE EVER CREATED IN ALL OF HISTORY!!!! Aren’t we tired of that approach by now? I am, anyway.
But Borat is a funny movie. I like it because it’s got a point, which is something sorely lacking in lots of comedy. I gotta hand it to Sasha Baron Cohen for putting himself in some really dangerous situations just to prove his point. I wouldn’t go that far, I know. I mean, kissing random men on a New York subway and singing an anti-American version of the national anthem at a Southern rodeo. That takes some ‘nads.
Cohen’s point seems to be that, when you get Americans to let their guard down, they say some really assinine things. I’m sure you’ve heard about the guys who are trying to sue him for putting their asshole comments in the film under false pretenses. They say Borat got them drunk and they said all kinds of things they never would have said if they weren’t plastered. Hey, guys, here’s a simple solution: DON’T DRINK SO FUCKING MUCH! How about that? Or, if you do, DON’T SAY STUPID SHIT. I have no sympathy.
A lot of Khazakstani people are up in arms over Cohen’s portrayal of their country. I can understand that. On the other hand, one of the many ex-drummers for my band Dimentia 13 was from Eastern Europe, and, just like Borat, one of his hobbies was taking pictures of ladies while they made toilet. So there ya go… At any rate, as much as it makes fun of Khazakstan, it makes more fun of how easily so many people fall for this completely ridiculous character. No matter how far he pushes it, no matter how over-the-top he plays it, so many of them keep right on believing.
Watching in in So Cal, you really get a feel for just how highly folks out here think of themselves. The people next to me were making all kinds of self-righteous comments to the people on screen. As if they’d never be that gullible. As if their attitudes are so much more progressive and Correct. Uh-huh.
So, in conclusion, don’t get drunk and be stupid and don’t fall for fake foreign commentators making documentaries.