Borat!

Fueled by months of anticipation and terrific reviews, Bronwen and I headed out last night to see Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. As expected, it was pretty much the funniest thing I have ever seen.It has been a long time since I went to a big movie opening. We got there an hour early and there was already a really long line to get in. The theatre was packed with giddy 18 to 34 year olds (yes, I just barely make it into that key demographic).Borat is at once both incredibly funny and scathing in its portrayal of real Americans. There are some unsettling scenes where people reveal their true thoughts about Jews, homosexuals, women, and slavery. If it wasn’t so funny, you’d almost cry.There are too many funny moments and lines to list – this is a movie that we will be quoting from for many years to come. There is, of course, THE SCENE, which I won’t spoil for those who haven’t seen the film yet – you will know it when it comes, and you will never, ever, get the images out of your head.It gives me hope for our future that Borat was the number one movie in North America this weekend, easily beating out Santa Clause 3 for top spot This despite the fact that 20th Century Fox opened Borat in only 800 theatres instead of the 2,000 they originally planned because the studio was worried the movie wasn’t registering in “Middle America”. This meant the movie wasn’t playing at a single theatre in Saskatchewan (and God knows the folks in Saskatoon could use a good laugh at this time of year).

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