Picking up fourteen years after the events of the first movie, Borat (Cohen) was an international success, but because his movie made Kazakhstan look foolish, he was sentenced to the gulag. However, the rise of Donald Trump and his affection for strongmen provides an opportunity for the Kazak regime, and they want to use Borat as their messenger. His task is to deliver Kazakhstan’s greatest celebrity, Johnny the Monkey, as a gift to Mike Pence, but when he arrives in America and opens Johnny’s crate, Borat is surprised to find his teenage daughter Tutar instead. He decides she’ll be the gift, and Tutar is ecstatic because she dreams of living in a golden cage like her fairy tale hero, Melania Trump. The pair set off across America getting in various misadventures along the way.
Director: Jason Woliner
Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Maria Bakalova
Review: Obviously, if you didn’t like the first Borat, there’s nothing here for you, and I imagine we’ll have to deal with the same tedious conversations from 2006 like how unfair Cohen is being and how dare he show a lack of tolerance to the intolerant. Some will clutch their pearls at how dark some of the comedy can go, and others will bemoan the crassness of some of the jokes. Subsequent Moviefilm is not for them, and since it’s a sequel, people should definitely know better by now. For those who still love the original Borat, Subsequent Moviefilm does a fine job of capturing what made Cohen’s comedy so exciting and outrageous in the first place. The film’s climax is definitely going to get people talking, but I hope it doesn’t overshadow some A+ comedy that had me crying from laughing so hard. It’s not a great success, but it’s a pretty good success.
Verdict: Worth the Popcorn