Sascha Baron Cohen’s famous prankster character gets a chance to atone for mudding his country’s name in a sequel made in time for the U.S. presidential election.
Borat Seusequent Moviefilm is less of a fish out of water documentary like provocation than the original that had more outrageous fun uncovering hypocrisy and complicity. As it held a mirror to contemporary attitudes. Here, it gleefully embraces the craziness that is 2020 in a politicized way.
The Kazakhstan native is requested to render a bride to Vice President Mike Pence, and after a mishap, denies to present his teen daughter Tutar, played with improvisational skill by Maria Bakalova. She’ll get a makeover and special training, find out falsehoods impressed on her by her father and homeland. The COVID-19 lockdown strikes, and when meeting Pence falls through, an option in former mayor and noted attorney Rudy Giuliani presents itself.
With Cohen leading a team of scenarists the comedy feels more scripted in this go-aground (as he obviously was unable to keep the character in retirement) as well as edited for a pungent topicality. Broad slapstick and disguises still doesn’t render an abhorrent. If love able once television presenter sentenced to hard labor much different event as an odd familial connection carries unexpected warmth to it.
Plenty of issues are confronted in this derisive venture pushing into rallying and sentiments that works into casual biases and sentiments with gaping footage and stinging culminating joke. With plenty of mayhem injected into a new sojourn that can be hit and miss this latest Borat is a super-spreader of wild hijinks that includes a couple of wonderful elderly Jewish ladies and freaky Q-Anon followers.