Before you think I just don’t like the kind of humor presented by Sasha Baron Cohen in Borat, let me assure you that I absolutely loved his HBO series Da Ali G Show. I loved all of the characters including the Borat one. What I didn’t care for was this horrible movie.
It wasn’t until the second half of the film that I even laughed out loud for the first time. The only scenes I found remotely funny were the ones in which he was at the religious revival and at the formal dinner in Georgia. Other than that, it was one big stinker. It is once again a classic example of the difficulty of translating a skit into a full-length film. The writing was horrible, the over-the-top attempts to be gross, and the poorly acted scenes littered between the staged skits made the film barely watchable.
RATING 5 out of 10
His exploitation of that village in Romania was truly horrible. Celebrities getting “punk’d” is one thing, but getting the poorest of the poor who can’t speak your language to humiliate themselves in your “documentary” by promising them a few dollars is criminal, in my opinion.
I have to agree with you – it was pretty deplorable.