Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

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Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Crass sexual content throughout brilliant, timely satire.
  • R
  • 2020
  • 95 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 20 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

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.

Sex

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.

 

Language

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. 

Consumerism

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written by510mamaof4 November 8, 2020

Guess I shouldn't be surprised...

Funny at parts but I can't recommend this for children or teens no matter if they are used to seeing these things or not. It was quite graphic, raunchy, an... Continue reading
Adult Written byChristian mothe... October 23, 2020

Disgusting!

Going for the cheap potty humor laugh & they still miss the mark!
Kid, 12 years old November 6, 2020

Eh

Only a little bit of funny parts. Most of them are just shock humor like the time borat dressed as a... Well, certain group that his people hate. It's bad... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byKimDaPigeon November 1, 2020

Really funny comedy

This movie is very funny but should be for a mature audience. There are inappropriate references to the following: masturbation, porn(this is brief and doesn... Continue reading

What's the story?

In BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM, we learn that Kazakh reporter Borat Margaret Sagdiyev (Sacha Baron Cohen) has been in a prison labor camp since his American reportage brought shame and disgrace to the people of Kazakhstan. Widely blamed for Kazakhstan's problems, Borat is given a chance to make amends by the government ... or face execution. His mission is to bring Johnny the Monkey, Kazakhstan's biggest TV star, to the United States, and present him as a gift to Vice President Mike Pence. Before leaving, Borat returns to his village to reconnect with his family. They now want nothing to do with him, except for his teenage daughter, Tutar (Maria Bakalova), who begs Borat to take her with him. He refuses, but Tutar nonetheless finds a way to reach the United States with him. When Johnny the Monkey dies in transit under mysterious circumstances, it's decided that Tutar will have the chance to follow in the footsteps of her favorite "Disney" heroine, "Melania," and marry a powerful man. As they travel across America, Borat and Tutar get to know each other better, and Tutar starts to learn that what she's been taught about the origin and place of women in the world has been a horrible lie. The father and daughter part ways as the coronavirus pandemic begins to spread across the United States, and while Borat hides out in a house deep in the woods with two men who fervently believe in conspiracy theories involving the Chinese, the Clintons, and Barack Obama, Tutar finds work as a reporter for a conservative news outlet. Borat must find a way to reunite with Tutar, and Tutar must decide whether she should continue to assert her independence or become the submissive wife of a powerful political figure. 

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about satire. How does Baron Cohen use the Borat character to mock sexism, anti-Semitism, and willful ignorance? Are there any moments in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm where you think he went too far? Who decides what "too far" is? 

  • Satire and parody are often used as a way to use laughter to address serious concerns. What serious concerns do you think Baron Cohen is trying to communicate as Borat? 

  • Deeply uncomfortable situations create much of the comedy in this movie. Why do people often laugh at uncomfortable situations? What are some other examples of comedies that rely on uncomfortable situations? 

  • Ask your kids how they think viewers who identify with some of the intolerant or over-earnest people Borat interviews will feel. Will they see themselves in a new light? Or will they feel upset by the on-screen encounters?

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