Borat1Hailed as “one of the funniest comedies ever” by more than one critic, I can only conclude that these folks haven’t seen enough comedies; either that, or they’re religious groupies of Da Ali G Show. That’s not to say that Borat isn’t frequently uproarious and occasionally side-splitting…but it’s very hit-or-miss, prone to stretches of unnecessary crudeness and flat one-liners. The biggest problem, though, is that multiple parts of Borat are clearly pre-scripted, and that runs counter to what makes Sacha Baron Cohen’s schtick so fresh; when he’s on, his humor stems from his remarkable ad-libbing talents, his astounding ability to provoke racists & ignorant jerks to show their true selves on camera. While there’s certainly some of that in Borat, moments such as the Pamela Anderson finale feel disappointingly flat. Negatives aside, Borat is still significantly more amusing than most comedies around these days (as well as more original), and it’s definitely an effective message on the fucked-up American politics of our time. I don’t really have much more to say about it, which in and of itself is disappointing. This capsule probably comes across as harsher than it should, I just expected more…

57/100 [upgraded to 65/100 after a second viewing, which was funnier than the first with fewer dry spells]