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Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

 -  Comedy  -  3 November 2006 (USA)
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Kazakh TV talking head Borat is dispatched to the United States to report on the greatest country in the world. With a documentary crew in tow, Borat becomes more interested in locating and marrying Pamela Anderson.

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Borat Sagdiyev is a TV reporter of a popular show in Kazakhstan as Kazakhstan's sixth most famous man and a leading journalist. He is sent from his home to America by his government to make a documentary about American society and culture. Borat takes a course in New York City to understand American humor. While watching Baywatch on TV, Borat discovers how beautiful their women are in the form of C. J. Parker, who was played by actress Pamela Anderson who hails from Malibu, California. He decides to go on a cross-country road trip to California in a quest to make her his wife and take her back to his country. On his journey Borat and his producer encounter a country full of strange and wonderful Americans, real people in real chaotic situations with hysterical consequences. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Come to Kazakhstan, It's Nice!

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Rated R for pervasive strong crude and sexual content including graphic nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$938,444 (Australia) (17 November 2006)

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$128,505,958 (USA) (23 March 2007)
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Trivia

The unusual route that Borat takes to fly from Kazakhstan to America makes the following stops: Moscow, Northern Turkey, Central Algeria, Kiev (Ukraine), Southwestern Russia (possibly Rostov or Sochi--the latter soon to host the 2014 Winter Olympics), Helsinki (Finland), Southern Greenland, and finally to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City. See more »

Goofs

When in the TV station, Borat doesn't understand the lapel microphone, yet in the opening scenes, before he leaves for the US, while he is "narrating" he is clearly wearing a lapel microphone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Borat: Jak sie masz? My name-a Borat. I like you. I like sex. Is nice!
["How are you?" in Polish]
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits, closing credits, and identifier subtitles in the story are in the Cyrillic alphabet. The subtitles are obliterated by superimposed English translations. In the end credits, the Cyrillic words are in the background, with the English translations in front. See more »

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Referenced in Have I Got News for You: Episode #43.5 (2012) See more »

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U Can't Touch This
(1990)
Written by M.C. Hammer (as Kirk Burrell), Rick James (as James Johnson) and Alonzo Miller
Performed by M.C. Hammer (as MC Hammer)
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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"He insist we not fly in case the Jews repeated their attack of 9/11. " - Borat
23 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Many people have practically no idea who Sacha Baren Cohen is, besides his small role as the gay French Nascar driver in 'Talladega Nights'. This is because the show he had, Da Ali G Show, was a very unpopular show. Mainly because it was on HBO and late hours of the night. Unfortunately, many people never watched the show not because they didn't like it, but because they didn't know it existed. Da Ali G Show was an incredibly original variety/reality show featuring Cohen in three roles including Borat (whom is the main character of the movie). Cohen, posing as these different characters would interview politicians and such who were unaware the interview was a joke. The reactions Cohen would get out of people including one politician telling him to 'go f*ck himself', were priceless. Going into the one-month early sneak-preview of 'Borat', I was expecting a funny movie, but was skeptical on how funny the movie would be. Usually film adaptations of short five minute skits don't work so well, examples include 'Superstar', 'Night at the Roxbury', 'The Ladies Man' and 'Coneheads'. All are pretty much loser movies with a few funny scenes but not much more. However, when the ending credits started to roll and I walked out of the 'Borat' screening I was sore from laughing so hard. To be honest, I never laughed so hard during a movie in my entire life.

There is not much I can tell you about this without spoiling it for you. Basically the plot is a Kazakhstan news reporter taking a trip to the United States to win the love of Baywatch's Pamela Andersen, whom he thinks is a virgin. HA! All I will tell you is that Borat travels across the country from New York to L.A. doing such crazy stunts as taking a dump in front of the Trump Towers, publicly masturbating in front of a NYC Victoria's Secret store, singing an Anti-American Kazakhstan National Anthem at a rodeo in Nebraska, buying weapons to protect himself against 'the jews' (whom he believes were responsible for 9/11 Terror attacks) and trying to kiss just about every guy he sees, which brings about homophobia in many of the real people featured in the movie who don't know it's a movie. Some may call 'Borat' the funniest film ever made, and that's not and understatement.'Borat' is without a doubt one of the most original and ingenious comedy in the last three years, and maybe, just maybe, the funniest film ever made. Grade: A- (screened at Harkins Arrowhead 18, Glendale, AZ, 9/04/06)


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