Fourteen years ago Sacha Baron Cohen unleashed Borat into our faces, while also adding new ways to say things like “my wife” and “high five.” Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan most of the time was gut busting funny, with one of the scenes, a fight between two men, making me laugh as hard as I have in any film over the last twenty years. I always felt that it was going to be a one off movie, thinking that after he did what he did there was no way he could pull it off again. I am happy to report I was wrong and we get to spend some time with our favorite Kazakhstan reporter once again.
Of course fourteen years is a long time and it seems Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen) was not welcomed with open arms back to Kazakhstan. After some uncomfortable things being done to him, he is sent to prison for making his country look like a joke to the world. Times though have changed and with a new President in America who seems to like tough guy leaders, Borat is freed and given a mission to take a gift to Mike Pence so that Kazakhstan can be recognized. So Borat heads to America once again with the gift only to have something to happen to it. Luckily for Borat his daughter Sandra Jessica Parker Sagdiyev (Maria Bakalova) stowed away so he is now going to offer her as the gift. So together they hit the road preparing her for her journey and giving the people they run into along the way experiences they will not soon forget.
You know what you are going to get with a Borat movie and Borat Subsequent Moviefilm doesn’t let you down in that regard. While the film might not as be as funny as the first, there are still some stand out moments that will have you developing tears in your eyes and some pain in your side. There are some uncomfortable moments as well, but looked through the comedy glasses does make it a lot more palatable. Cohen is still great as Borat, who is still my favorite character of his, but the star is Bakalova, a newcomer who pretty much steals the show. She is wild and you will know her more as the news cycle hits with this movie, because of her involvement in interviewing someone who flies his creepy flag high. That might overshadow the rest of the film, but it shouldn’t because while it might be important, Borat is here to make you laugh and there is a whole lot of that going on. It is safe to say I was wrong in thinking that you couldn’t go anywhere else with this character, because Cohen has proven me wrong and is also giving us something to think about as well as laugh at in a time that laughter is sorely needed.