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What is Borat 2 About?

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The following story contains spoilers for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.


  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm will stream on Amazon Prime Video beginning on Friday, October 23rd.
  • The movie picks up where the 2006 comedy classic left off—and has evolved with the
  • Sacha Baron Cohen proves that this character brings more than the catch phrases

    At a certain point in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest narrative pranking extravaganza (and his first since 2018’s Who is America? series on Showtime), the movie’s timeline meets the timeline we’re all currently in, smacked with a pandemic lockdown. Borat, of course a second-rate Kazakhstan journalist who exclusively says terrible and insulting things, links up with two guys bunkering at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    These men are kind enough to offer shelter to a stranger in their home when he has nowhere else to go, but they also truly believe that Democrats are more dangerous than the coronavirus itself, and that the Clintons drink the blood of children. The two men feed off QAnon conspiracies, and Borat plays along; Cohen takes a page out of the improv comedian’s playbook and ‘yes and”s these two guys enough for them to really feel comfortable and show the camera their true selves. A short while later, at a rally for Trump supporters and under heavy disguise, he sings a song about injecting Barack Obama, Dr. Fauci, and others with the “Wuhan Flu.” It doesn’t take long for his fellow attendees to gleefully sing along with the chorus of his bizarre and scary song (it’s reminiscent of the famous “Throw The Jew Down The Well” sequence from a Borat segment on Da Ali G Show).

    And it’s in this space that Borat Subsequent Moviefilm really shines. Much of the sequel follows a similar structure to the 2006 original; a road trip of sorts, with an ultimate ending goal. Rather than be joined on the trip by his manager, Azamat, he’s joined by his daughter, Tutar, played by excellent newcomer Maria Bakalava. Bakalava matches Baron Cohen’s eccentric energy from start to finish, even as her appearance changes, her character grows, and her role evolves within the movie’s storyline and the various pranks themselves.

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    For the most part, the movie finds Borat doing what Borat does best—embracing in the outrageous and channeling the horrible—to see how much of that people will take at face-value(and, spoiler alert: they often do—and take things even further).

    But what Subesequent Moviefilm does that the original Borat couldn’t do was tackle real, serious disinformation. When Baron Cohen, a real-life opponent of just about everything Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook stands for, released Borat, Facebook was not the force it is today; in fact, at that time it was still well behind MySpace. For added perspective, The Social Network was four years away from even being released. Today, Facebook is one of the most chronic spreaders of misinformation in the world, radicalizing people on a daily basis and bringing out the worst impulses in many who likely don’t know any better.

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    There’s a lot of politics—Borat’s entire journey is to deliver a gift to Mike Pence on behalf of the Kazakh government. And you’ll certainly be hearing quite a bit about a situation that Baron Cohen gets a notable, high-profile political figure involved in near the end of the film. But that’s just further exemplifying his truest skill: getting people to show their true character, whether it’s some regular Joe working in an outdoors store or someone who was once the highest-ranking government member in one of the biggest cities in the world. We’re handed it with a really big side of laughter and absurdism, but the main course in Borat is always the underlying truth.

    Baron Cohen’s use of humor to expose the ugly side of our culture is always the best part of his Borat character. By outwardly saying some of the worst things imaginable, those he talks to are given two roads: prove his awful suspicions true, or prove him wrong—and say that he’s wrong. And while the former provides the laughs, you can often see the horror in Baron Cohen’s eyes; he’s got us laughing, but he sure wishes he wasn’t so damn right all the time.

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