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Borat (2006)

Comedy Rated R

One of the more benign offenses committed by the Kazakh television reporter of the title is driving the wrong way down a one-way street. Yet it’s probably the best metaphor for the movie. As the fictional Borat, British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen gleefully goes against the grain – culturally, socially, politically – while capturing the cringe-worthy results on camera. Cohen travels across America as the boorish Borat, interviewing real people in an attempt to get them to reveal their own boorishness. Unlike other gonzo, reality-based comedians such as Tom Green or even Andy Kaufman, Cohen is after something specific with his brand of anarchy: He wants to expose the intolerance that lies right under our noses.