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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Uses satire to mock sexism, anti-Semitism, and willful ignorance of those who deny the realities of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as politicians, political organizations, and internet celebrities.
Positive Role Models
Finds humor in purposely extremely exaggerated idea of Kazakhstan being a "backward" country where patriarchy rules supreme, going so far as to say that it's customary for daughters to live in cages. Humor is mined from American ignorance of that country and its people. Men make creepy remarks to or about Borat's teenage daughter Tutar (actually an actress in her 20s), including a prominent American politician caught in what appears to be a compromising position. On plus side, scene in which Borat enters Jewish synagogue disguised as a horrific stereotype reveals tremendous love and compassion from two elderly Jewish women, one of whom survived the Holocaust.
Violence & Scariness
Pretending to be a country singer at gathering of right-wing protestors, Borat gets audience to enthusiastically cheer idea of chopping up journalists "like the Saudis" and similar violence toward scientists. Protestors are shown carrying assault rifles. Borat is hit in the testicles while tied to the top of a "strength tester" game at a Kazakh festival. In a bridal shop, Borat asks where he would find the "no means yes" section. Scene that implies Borat's daughter wants to get an abortion.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Graphic sex references throughout. Pictures of penises sent via fax. Pictures of sexual positions. Jokes and actions intended to reference masturbation. Borat "mistakenly" orders a sex toy shaped like a vagina in the mail. While using a smartphone for the first time, Borat finds pornographic websites, shown on camera. Borat finds a penis on the couch he's sitting on that's supposed to be all that remains of his former producer. Reference to Donald Trump's indiscretions with a porn star and Trump's comments made in Access Hollywood recordings. A prominent American politician is shown on his back in a hotel room with his hands down his pants; he claims he was tucking in his shirt. Flirtatious comments. Photos of primates with genitals showing. Drawings of a nude woman and a vagina with teeth. A teen girl lifts up her skirt.
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Frequent profanity, including "f--k." "C--t" used once. Also: "a--hole," "p---y hound," "s--thole," "s--t," "t-tty," "bitch." When learning how to use a smartphone, Borat enters the name of a dessert into a search engine that leads him to pornographic websites.
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Products & Purchases
Cans of Bud Light Seltzer shown in one scene.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A politician drinks liquor with a woman pretending to be Borat's teenage daughter. Additional drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is the sequel to 2006's over-the-top comedy Borat. It finds the infamous Kazakh reporter (Sacha Baron Cohen) returning to America for another go-round. Those familiar with Baron Cohen's work will know what to expect: It's outrageous, but it's also a strategic use of satire to mock, among other things, sexism, anti-Semitism, and willful ignorance concerning science and COVID-19. There simply isn't enough space to list all of the movie's sexual jokes and references; essentially, they're nonstop. Expect to see images of sexual positions, photos of male genitalia, and videos from pornographic websites. There's also frequent profanity, including "f--k" and "c--t," and some drinking. A joke references rape. While pretending to be a country singer at a right-wing protest, Borat gets the audience to enthusiastically cheer the idea of chopping up journalists "just like the Saudis," as well as violence toward scientists. One of the more shocking scenes involves a prominent American politician who's shown on his back in bed with his hands down his pants after drinking and flirting with a woman who's pretending to be a reporter from a conservative news outlet while also pretending to be Borat's teenage daughter. (The politician claims that he was only tucking in his shirt.) Other scenes show older men making creepy remarks to Borat about his teenage daughter. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This comedy is as darkly hilarious, disturbingly crass, and incredibly fearless as you'd expect, and then some. In the 2000s, Sacha Baron Cohen gained fame and notoriety by taking Andy Kaufman-style put-on performance art to audacious and discomforting levels not seen since Kaufman's untimely passing. Through his different characters, he revealed the toxic mix of arrogance and ignorance that's come to define the dark side of 21st century America, so it's only fitting that Kazakhstan's most infamous reporter should reappear in the United States to experience the discord, division, and raging pandemic of 2020. That we can even be shocked by what Borat reveals in these scenes after months of exhausting news and caustic incivility alone makes it remarkable.
The credit for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm's dozens of laugh-out-loud moments isn't solely Baron Cohen's. It's a cliché to describe a performance as "Oscar-worthy," but as Borat's ambitious teenage daughter, Tutar, Bakalova delivers a brave performance that, in terms of fearlessness and gut laughter, gives her on-screen dad a run for his money. And just as Borat has proven adept at uncovering racism and anti-Semitism, Tutar (aka Sandra Jessica Parker Sagdiyev) brings out the appalling male creepiness in some, including and especially in one of the movie's most controversial scenes, which involves Rudy Giuliani in what is either a compromising position or an innocent effort at tucking in his shirt deep into his pants ... while on his back on a hotel room bed. How you view this incident will no doubt be as much of an ideological Rorschach test as anything else in contemporary American life, but, in the context of the rest of the movie, it evokes shock, disgust, and laughter in spite of everything. It's one of many such moments of gut-wrenching laughter in what's ultimately a brilliant mockumentary of an era that, for many, can't end soon enough.
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