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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 46. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

August 30, 2011

46. Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan [DVD] (2006)

Plot: Investigative reporter Borat Sagdiyev (Sacha Baron Cohen) is sent by the Kazakhstan government to America. With a documentary crew and producer Azamat (Ken Davitian) in tow, he lands in New York City to learn American society and culture.

After discovering the beauty of C. J. Parker (Pamela Anderson) on an episode of Baywatch, he decides to go on a cross-country road trip to California to make her his wife and take her back to his country.

Come to Kazakhstan, It’s Nice! (tagline)

Directed by: Larry Charles
Written by: Sacha Baron CohenAnthony HinesPeter BaynhamDan Mazer
Length: 84 min
Budget: $18,000,000
Gross Revenue: $261,572,744 (Worldwide)

Favorite Quote: 
Borat:
I arrived in America’s airport with clothings, US dollars, and a jar of gypsy tears to protect me from AIDS.


Review: I actually had picked O Brother Where Art Thou? for this position, but then I rewatched it, and..  meh… the Soundtrack is still excellent, but this time around what I loved about it before; the way they talked, Clooney’s hair obsession, and Tim Blake Nelson pretty much just annoyed me this time around.
So congratulations BORAT!

Well, I should actually apologize since I bumped it down one position to fill this spot…

Damn, that means I need to find a new movie to fill that spot..!  Man…

Nerdiest Movie Trivia: The police were called on Sacha Baron Cohen 91 times during the production of this film.

This is one hilarious movie though. An offensive mockumentary/hidden camera masterpiece wherein you can’t tell what’s arranged and what’s not.

I’ve heard the DVD extras give it away, but I don’t want to know, I’m afraid it would ruin it for me.
Some scenes are painfully awkward and some are outright disgusting but hey, what’s not to love about a movie where two men wrestle naked in a hotel room?

Oscar Count: 1 Nomination: Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
(Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines Peter Baynham, Dan Mazer, Todd Phillips)

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 47. Heat (1995)

CRITERIA FOR MAKING THIS LIST

 

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