Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

  • 15
  • Larry Charles (2006)
  • US / UK
  • 80 min
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
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Film Review
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4 out of 5

For those unfamiliar with Borat, he is a leading Kazakhstani journalist who, for this project, travels America learning about its culture. He is also a complete fabrication, the work of Ali G creator Sacha Baron Cohen. Thus his scatologically uproarious investigation includes a scene in which he attends a posh dinner party and returns from the bathroom with his excrement in a plastic bag and presents it to the hostess. He also destroys a Civil War memorabilia shop and lets loose a chicken on the New York subway. A minor niggle is that close examination shows at least a handful of the sequences to have been set up to some degree. And in cinematic terms it is absolutely nothing special: there's no real reason for it to be a movie at all - its natural home may well be on DVD. But as an example of a comedian willing to take absurd risks for his art, this film - one of the funniest of 2006 - will probably never be surpassed.

Plot Summary

Satirical comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen as a Kazakhstani journalist "investigating" America, causing no end of chaos and offence along the way.

Cast and crew


Borat Sagdiyev
Sacha Baron Cohen
Azamat Bagatov
Ken Davitian
Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson
Pat Haggerty
Pat Haggerty
Alan Keyes
Alan Keyes


Larry Charles

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Swearing, nudity.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 3 Nov 2006
Certificate 15
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent