Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

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Borat Subsequent Moviefilm proves Sacha Baron Cohen's comedic creation remains a sharp tool for exposing the most misguided -- or utterly repugnant -- corners of American culture.

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Released from prison for bringing shame to his country, Kazakh funnyman Borat risks life and limb when he returns to America with his 15-year-old daughter.

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Maria Bakalova
Sandra Jessica Parker Sagdiyev
Anthony Hines
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Dan Swimer
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Peter Baynham
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Erica Rivinoja
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Dan Mazer
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Jena Friedman
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Lee Kern
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Critic Reviews for Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm

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  • It's the opposite of what a Borat film should feel like: business as usual.

    November 18, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The risks that Baron Cohen took here - both artistic and personal - are admirable. And the pay-off is worth a lifetime of being subjected to the words "very nice!"

    November 12, 2020 | Rating: 4/5
  • Underneath it all it's got an empathy and an urgency the first Borat seemed to lack, thanks to its focus and the family at its center. That's very nice.

    November 6, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Into possibly the least hilarious year on record, he has come: not the Borat we deserve, maybe, but the one we need right now.

    October 30, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • A feature-length exercise in gratuitous insult and unpleasantness, it illuminates almost nothing about America that we don't already see in mainstream and social media every day.

    October 28, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Borat is hardly Borat anymore.

    October 27, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm

  • Oct 29, 2020
    Borat 2 has the tough task of attempting to catch lightning in the bottle twice. The film runs a few of the old jokes that don't float as well but this film manages some very funny set pieces. The fresh blood is what helps this film succeed and it's the father and daughter connection that holds most of the laughs. The film just lacks the menacing style of the original. This feels a little safer compared to the original and while they don't paint the Trump supporters in a positive light, it's not a film that attempts to push your opinions. It's an easy film to watch and the time flies in the company of Cohen. I had wished for better setups but the film is a nice companion to the original without trashing its legacy. 23/10/2020
    Brendan O Super Reviewer
  • Oct 26, 2020
    I'm generally not a comedy guy. I did see the first Borat and found it to be a hodge-podge of prank sketches with some very funny gags. Sacha Baron Cohan's follow-up improves over the original with a more story-based approach that still upends the '-isms" in America (racism, sexism, etc.) in the midst of a freaking pandemic. It couldn't be more well-timed in this brutal election season. The standout is Borat's 15 year old daughter played by Maria Bakalova (she's actually 24) who steals the show with her cluelessness and likeability. How well you enjoy this movie will depend on your own level of political ideology and tolerance to very crude and crass behavior. Personally, I found it hilarious. But it is definitely not for everybody.
    Mark B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2020
    Being a huge fan of Borat from 2006 and thinking it was a very clever film, given how uncomfortable certain scenes may have been to watch, I was eagerly awaiting the sequel that was secretly filmed earlier this year. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (and the rest of the title that I'm not filling in for this review) may not be anywhere as funny or as original as its predecessor, but for the time being, there are a few very memorable moments. The first film was a satire on society but done so in a way that is sort of timeless. This sequel plays off of too many things happening in 2020 to really feel like it could be a long-lasting film. This film is all over the news and I'm sure it'll be popular for the next few weeks, but I simply can't see it being talked about ten years from now.  Borat is a character played magnificently well by Sacha Baron Cohen and follows him on his journey through the United States, exposing the most disgusting aspects of it. This sequel is no different from that, except the plot of the film itself gets a little lost in translation at times. The film begins with Borat being given a mission to deliver a monkey to Vice President Michael Pence but then evolves into him having to connect with his daughter and possibly deliver her to him instead. Along the way, this film has some fun with the two of them wandering around, but I found this sequel to be far too heavy in terms of politics. All this film wanted to do was expose how corrupt the political scene is in the United States and I felt like it was too much at times.  With all of that said, there are a couple of moments in particular where I found myself wondering how he didn't end up in jail for doing/filming such things, so props to him for pulling it all off. Sadly, I think even certain scenes took things too far and I wasn't exactly laughing, but feeling more uncomfortable, which is probably what their goal was. From incest jokes to luring older men into hotel rooms, this film just goes for it and doesn't hold back. Again, I give it all the props in the world for that, but I won't remember it for being as clever and unique as the first. This film deserves praise for pulling off a sequel in today's climate, but honestly not much more in my opinion. Sacha Baron Cohen is absolutely fantastic at playing this character and that's what makes these films so enjoyable; However, after seeing him in films like Hugo and more recently in The Trial of the Chicago 7, sure, his knack will always be in comedy, but I think he needs to broaden his horizons a little more. Even in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, he shows off his dramatic talents as well, which makes me wish I could see him more dramatic films. Maria Bakalova plays his daughter Tutar in the film and I thought she actually did a great job portraying a character related to Borat, but I thought her character, although the heart of the movie itself, worn thin by the end. Their bond together worked for me, but it felt like a weird balance between sentimental and humourous and that just clashed for me.  Overall, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is far more controversial than the first in terms of the content, but also less funny and less shocking, so I'm not exactly sure I can give it a recommendation, especially if you didn't see the first film and at least enjoy watching it. These are films that are made for a specific audience and if you know it's not for you, I'd take that advice from yourself. I love the first Borat film and that's why I found this one mildly amusing, but I truly can't get myself to give it any high praise. I chuckled throughout the majority of it, but I felt like I was also forcing myself to a few times. It's not necessary to watch, but if you're already a fan then it's worth a watch. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is now streaming on Prime Video.
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2020
    Political and social satirist Sasha Baron Cohen adds another notch to his belt of films exposing the stupidity of some portions of America and its citizens. This time, Cohen the actor and his character, Borat, takes a backseat to his co-star Maria Bakalova. In her first English-speaking feature film, the Bulgarian shows excellent comedic skills and the courage to do scenes most wouldn't touch.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer

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