Sunday, November 5

Film: Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan Click for more info

I actually thought Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat was more funny than his Ali G. There was something a bit more subtle about a Kazakhstani TV presenter trying to make his way in the west, and as a result finding Borat funny placed you with "us" rather than "them".

So it's a bit surprising how I didn't find this feature version of the sketch as hilarious as the Ali G equivalent. I mean, sure, it was funny at times and did draw you into the whole mocking of the US theme, but it wasn't as pant-wettingly entertaining as I was expecting it to be.

The film was a bit predictable at times, possibly due to the extended coverage the film has received in the past couple of weeks, and that didn't help. The resorting to slapstick humour was a bit cheap too (although since it made me laugh anyway this is less than a criticism than it seems).

Still, it's difficult to advise people to rush out and watch this now. It would probably be a better idea to watch it privately at home in the background with a group of friends and for that reason you should probably wait for the DVD.

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