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Zen Garden > "Borat! The Biggest Load of Rubbish You Will Ever See - a Movie Review

Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat: The Cultural Learnings of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" is a terrible movie. Read on to find out why I rate it so LOW.

OK. I know some people think that Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat: The Cultural Learnings of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" is clever, funny, witty etc etc. I didn't.

Call me a kill-joy if you want. I don't care. I went to the cinema full of expectation. But I was sadly disappointed. I thought Borat was mildly amusing - for about 20 to 30 minutes. Then it became tedious, tiresome, boring, silly, painful, crude, rude, disgusting, stupid and... predictable. Pretty much most of the story, if you can call it that, goes nowhere.

Yes, there were some funny scenes. I'll be honest. I did laugh a few times, especially when a chook fell out of his suitcase on the train. That was funny.

However, the humor was over-shadowed by several seriously revolting scenes, such as the one where he bagged his own faeces at a dinner party then presented the bag to the hosts and other guests.

Another revolting scene was Borat's fight with his touring partner, Azamat Bagatov, also allegedly from Kazakhstan. This character, a short, fat, bald guy played by Ken Davitian made me cringe. His masturbation scene was in appalling bad taste. But it got worse.

Davitian and Cohen acted out a ridiculously prolonged nude brawl. It began in their hotel room, proceeded to the hall of the hotel, into an elevator and then into a crowded function room where hundreds of people sat listening to a seminar. Needless to say they were aghast. (Yes - I know it is only a movie.)

Unfortunately, the nude fight scene went on and on. Fortunately, some parts of their genitalia were blurred out - though not enough. It went way too long and was far too explicit. If you enjoy a close up view of a fat guy's scrotum then maybe you will be entertained.

The numerous scenes with the bear in the back of the van were unfathomable as was the extended trans-American road trip complete with a map update of the route.

Sacha Baron Cohen manages to insult almost everybody in his boorish movie. One other brief moment of decent humor was the scene in the antique store where his alter-ego, Borat, manages to smash just about every piece of chinaware in sight. But that was a rare highlight.

Even the cameo appearance of Pamela Anderson, the real objective of Borat's trip, could not elevate the standard of this third rate effort. Then again, Ms Anderson has appeared in many shockers herself, none the least of which was... well, I won't go into her home movie exploits.

All in all, 84 minutes of running time was about 54 minutes too long for me. If I had to rate this movie I would struggle to give it more than 2 out of 10.

Borat, the movie, is not a cultural experience. It is a cultural disgrace. Don't bother with it. It is a waste of money and it will damage your brain cells. I wish I could say some good things about it but I can't. It's just a turgid piece of boring twaddle. No wonder the country of Kazakhstan has complained bitterly. They have every right to feel insulted by the insensitivity of this load of juvenile rubbish.

About the author: Gary Simpson is the author of eight books covering a diverse range of subjects such as self esteem, affirmations, self defense, finance and much more. His articles appear all over the web. Gary's email address is Click here to go to his Motivation & Self Esteem for Success website where you can receive his "Zenspirational Thoughts" plus an immediate FREE copy of his highly acclaimed, life-changing e-book "The Power of Choice."

Gary Simpson is a 7th Dan karate master who teaches self defense, motivation, self help and wealth building to students around the world through home study courses. You may reprint this article as you include this author credit and an active link to his web site.

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