D: Jason Woliner
Amazon/Four By Two/Oak Springs (Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines & Monica Levinson)
US 🇺🇸 2020
W: Peter Baynham, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jena Friedman, Anthony Hines, Lee Kern, Dan Mazer, Erica Rivinoja & Dan Swimer [based on characters created by Sacha Baron Cohen]
DP: Luke Guissbühler
Ed: Craig Alpert, Michael Giambra & James Thomas
Mus: Erran Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat Sagdiyev), Maria Bakalova (Tutar Sagdiyev), Dani Popescu (Premier Nursultan Nazarbayev), Manuel Vieru (Dr. Yamak), Tom Hanks (himself)
Sacha Baron Cohen returns as the unfiltered Kazakh journalist, a character that came to prominence in the UK on the comedy series “The 11 O’Clock Show”, before becoming more famous with the 2006 mockumentary that took him to America.
Since he was relatively unknown in his original screen outing, it was interesting to see how a follow-up film would work, especially since the first film wasn’t taken well by the people of Kazakhstan.
This time around, Borat Sagdiyev once again visits America, this time with his daughter, who he plans to offer as a bribe to US Vice President, Mike Pence. However, his daughter discovers feminism and becomes a journalist in her own right, interviewing a well known political figure in a gobsmacking scene that will certainly cause quite a scandal.
Aside from the controversial moments, the film seems quite happy to mock Middle America, republican voters and politicians, as well as the coronavirus pandemic that has affected the entire world. All in time to be released prior to the 2020 presidential election... as though the media have ever been bias about such things.
I’m all for political satire, but this felt more like bullying. Picking on the little guys who the filmmaker’s believe are totally beneath them. I always find it more entertaining when comedians punch up, rather than down... and perhaps this would have been fine if the film was funny, but it really wasn’t, despite its attempts to capture the essence of the original film.