Friday I met up with Elana and two of her UCF friends and went to see Borat. The 11:30 showing sold out way in advance so we ended up sticking it out for the 12:10. Dicked about in City Walk to kill time though didn’t go into any clubs because on of Elana’s friend said she wasn’t 21 yet. The movie was well worth the wait. Very good stuff and funny from start to finish. There were definite lapses where you could tell that Fox had put their foot down and forced Cohen to hold back on his character’s blatant risqué humor and oblivious racism, but for the most part I was laughing out loud at the screen. I will admit to being uncomfortable with the extended naked wrestling scene not being that fond of large foreign man’s testacies (that scene will scar you, don’t say I didn’t warn you). I am not sure how much of the movie is completely staged (there are some parts that are clearly all acted), and which are the traditional Borat style sketches with unaware participants. Some of the reactions were too real to be canned, so I am going to guess that maybe 50% of the scenes are unscripted.
It’s clever, its different and its pretty damn funny. Though the plot makes Road Trip look like a Tolkien quest by comparison, and besides Borat himself, the characters are very half baked.