Red Corner: Borat’s New Movie

We’re all big fans of Borat here at Gadling.

The bumbling Kazakh reporter, played by comedian Sasha Baron Cohen, mercilessly ridicules the people of Kazakhstan with an over-the-top impersonation frothing with bad English, anti-Semitism, misogyny, sexism, and uber-crassness.

While the government of Kazhakstan has actually threatened to sue Cohen for such a portrayal, the real targets of Borat’s humor are the ignorant Americans he interviews for his HBO show.

Fortunately, for those of us who can’t get enough of his HBO show, there is now a full length feature film.

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan was recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival to a raucous crowd who cheered wildly for Borat’s red carpet arrival on an ox cart pulled by 6 Kazakh peasant women. Borat entertained the crowd (asking female reporters, “How much?”) before disappearing into the theater where the projector broke 20 minutes into the film. No one, including director Michael Moore who used to be a projectionist, was able to fix the machine and the crowd had to leave disappointed.

So, no review yet on this landmark film which opens in the States November 3.

In the meantime, you can check out Jason Chow’s entertaining account of the screening in Toronto.