Saturday, April 14, 2007

Is nice.

Borat is a pretty funny movie. One thing I like about Sacha Baron Cohen's approach is he sort of puts himself out there and then lets people make of him what they will. There are a few exceptions to this rule -- sequences where he clearly sets out to provoke people into outrageous behavior -- but for the most part he happily stands back and lets his victims dig their own graves. And the good news is that not everyone embarrasses themselves.

Notable examples include the guy who teaches Borat to drive ("yes, OK, I'm your boyfriend"); the woman at the humane society ("no, Jews are Jesus's children too"); and the weather man who just giggles helplessly as he tries to get back to his report. It's actually kind of amazing how many people react to Borat with patience and good humor.


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