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Sacha Baron Cohen is at it again after making “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” back in 2006.
This time, he’s reprising his role as Borat in the timely “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.”
The full title is a mouthful and has been shortened to “Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm” in most promotional materials.
What’s Going On?
The film follows Borat as he returns to America 14 years later in 2020 on a mission to deliver his daughter to Donald Trump’s inner circle to restore the image of Kazakhstan after the first movie ruined the nation’s reputation and got him sent to a gulag.
Borat’s daughter, Tutar, is portrayed by Maria Bakalova who has had film and television roles dating back to 2015, according to IMDB.
The pair know that they won’t be able to reach Trump due to Borat having defecated in front of Trump Tower in the previous film — so they figure that Mike Pence might be a better bet.
Cohen hadn’t planned to reprise his role as Borat due to the original film (which relied on capturing candid interactions between the character and the public) garnering worldwide popularity. But where there’s a will, there’s a way — and he found a way.
While it may be Borat’s “Subsequent Moviefilm,” Bakalova steals the show and their father-daughter dynamic effectively rounds out Borat’s character arc.
What to Expect
While I had reservations, “Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm” ended up exceeding my expectations. Going in, I wondered how they’d top the original — and the answer to that question was time.
It’s easy to understand how the film was a success. It’s been a while since the world has witnessed Borat’s antics and not everyone has their guard up — such was the case for Rudy Guliani, Donald Trump’s personal attorney.
When the movie was released, headlines were out over the portion of the movie involving Guiliani reaching into his pants following an interview with Tutar. While he claimed he was tucking in his shirt, it has been suggested by commentators that he was masturbating.
He denied any misconduct and nothing really came of the incident other than the devaluing of his word — which wasn’t valuable to me to begin with.
The film features a wide array of unsuspecting figures such as Mike Pence (who gets interrupted by Borat and Tutar at the Conservative Political Action Conference), conservative conspiracy theorists, an Instagram model, a babysitter and a number of others.
Cohen has put his neck on the line throughout his career and this film was a spark of genius.
“Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm” capitalizes on the 2020 election, the COVID-19 pandemic and everything in between — which made for a “very nice” viewing experience.