Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

  • Directors: Larry Charles
  • Producers: Sacha Baron Cohen, Jay Roach
  • Writers: Sacha Baron Cohen, Peter Baynham, Anthony Hines, Dan Mazer, Todd Phillips
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell, Pamela Anderson

Borat Sagdiyev, a popular television personality, leaves his homeland of Kazakhstan for the “Greatest Country in the World,” the “US and A” to make a documentary film at the behest of the fictitious Kazakh Ministry of Information. He leaves behind his mother, his wife, Oksana, and the town rapist, and brings along his producer Azamat Bagatov (played by Ken Davitian), and his pet chicken, Buh-Kaw. Much of the movie features unscripted vignettes of Borat interviewing and interacting with Americans, who believe he is a foreigner with little or no understanding of American customs.[6]

While in New York, he sees an episode of Baywatch on television and immediately falls in love with Pamela Anderson. While Borat is interviewing a panel of feminists whom he unknowingly offended when he informed them about his country’s government scientist Dr Yamak claiming that woman’s brain is only the size of squirrel’s and he also learns that Pamela Anderson is living in California. Borat is informed via telegram that his violent wife has been violated and killed by a bear. Delighted by the news, he secretly resolves to go to California to make Anderson his new wife. Borat and Azamat were supposed to remain in New York, but Borat justifies the trip to California by telling his skeptical producer that “Pearl Harbor is there. So is Texas.” Because Azamat is afraid of a repetition of the September 11 terrorist attacks, which he believes were the work of the Jews, he will not fly there, so Borat takes driving lessons and buys a dilapidated ice-cream truck for the journey.

Borat finally comes face-to-face with Anderson at a book signing at a Virgin Megastore. After showing Anderson his “traditional marriage sack,” Borat pursues her throughout the store in an attempt to abduct her until he is tackled and handcuffed by security guards. Afterwards, Borat seeks out and marries a prostitute named Luenell, whom he had befriended earlier in the film, and returns to Kazakhstan with her. The final scene shows the changes that Borat’s observations in America have brought to his village, including the apparent conversion of the people to Christianity (the Kazakh version of which includes crucifixion of Jews) and the introduction of computer-based technology, such as iPods, laptop computers and a high-definition, LCD television.

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