Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan was an unexpected blockbuster that was released in 2006. Since Borat 2’s release, many are pleasantly surprised with the sequel. Although rumors flew around about a sequel to the 2006 satirical blockbuster, the nature of the character and the film made it difficult to be seen as a continuing series of movies based on the same premise. The film set new standards in comedy and culture in 2006, and it continues to form new fans today with its well-written script and relevant plot and dialogues.
A year like 2020 really deserved something good to end with, and Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm, has satisfied that desire for many. Containing a new set of socially-weakening pranks, this time Borat goes as a Kazakhstan journalist to the USA with his daughter, and poses many relevant questions to the audience, in his typical hilarious fashion. A timely release considering the state of affairs in the world today, Cohen has yet again pointed towards insights that we fail to see or pretend not to notice.
Amazon’s viewership rate has gone to “tens of millions” for Borat 2 since Amazon released it on Prime Video on October 23rd. Amazon’s 150 million subscribers have collectively tuned in to watch this satirical masterpiece, and here’s how it got that big.
Borat 2 has garnered praise from several celebrities, leading to its instant fame.
Although Borat 2 only released recently for the general public, many celebs have already watched this blockbuster and aired their wholly positive views, helping launch the film to a broader audience.
Seth Rogen, the humorous actor, writer, and producer recently tweeted, “I’ve seen #Borat2 around six times over the last few months, and I can’t wait to watch it a seventh. It’s crazy and wonderful and couldn’t be more timely. It also has a few of the funniest scenes I’ve ever seen in a movie. I’m excited for you to see it.”
The Big Short and Succession director Adam McKay, went further ahead saying, “I laughed so hard I made embarrassing sounds when I saw #Borat2. And on top of that, it gets to the twisted insane clown car heart of America in a way that nothing else has.”
Borat 2 also received constant criticism, which led to more watching.
Like every film, Borat 2 also had its share of critics coming from the big guys. This time fervently protesting the movie was Presidential attorney Rudy Giuliani. This is perhaps because of his own role in the film, albeit not in an excellent light. In one of the pranks, Borat meets Giuliani with his daughter, played by Maria Bakalova. After the official interview, Bakalova and Giuliani go to his bedroom. Here, Giuliani proceeds to ask her address and phone number, after which he is seen inserting his hand into his pants. Baron Cohen finally disrupts this disturbing scene as Borat ends the session, and the two get out of the place.
The scene shows a troubling image of Giuliani, who has since called the prank a “hit job”, claiming he was merely tucking in his shirt. President Trump has also negatively commented, calling Cohen a “creep.” Of course, Baron Cohen gives an apt response to this by saying, “Donald—I appreciate the free publicity for Borat! I admit I don’t find you funny either. But yet the whole world laughs at you.”
Baron Cohen’s witty film is a much-needed reminder, especially during the crucial time of the US elections and COVID-19. Do let us know your thoughts on the film!