Borat returns to America to present his teenage daughter as a gift
to Vice President Mike Pence and restore his country's honor.
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020)
Directed by Jason Woliner
Written by Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer,
Peter Baynham, Erica Rivinoja, Dan Mazer, Jena Friedman, Lee Kern
Starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Maria Bakalova, Dani Popescu
Sequel to 2006's Borat
Oscar Nominations - Best Supporting Actress (Maria Bakalova), Best Adapted Screenplay
If you'd told me that after mass protests, film cancellations, Chadwick Boseman's death, and a persistent as fuck deadly virus, that the most surprising moment of 2020 would be the return of Borat, I'd have said you were crazy. Yet here we are. Filmed entirely in secret and with less than a month's worth of press, Amazon produced Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Sacha Baron Cohen's triumphant return to his most famous and culturally insensitive character. And boy oh boy, does he shine a light on the darkest corners of the American people, from God-fearing, anti-abortion doctors to QAnon wackadoodles and maskless Trumpers. It's a shit-show out there, and Borat is the one to make them look stupider than ever.
Unlike the first one, the sequel actually has a consistent narrative. Borat (Cohen) has been disgraced by the Kazakh government after the first movie made them look stupid. Now, he's tasked with delivering a gift to American VP Pence, but when the gift monkey dies, Borat must use his daughter Tutar (Bakalova) instead. Maria Bakalova outshines Cohen at every moment, and her transformation from submissive caged girl to outspoken feminist is actually done really well. But of course, it wouldn't be a SBC film without a good laugh at the expense of some horrible people. In this case, the spotlight shines on Rudy Giuliani, who comes off looking very much like a man intending to have sex with an underage girl. At the very least, it's good to ruin his day.
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is a great satire on modern America. It plays with conspiracy theorists, the Covid-19 pandemic, racist Trump rallies, and the horrible people who don't think critically about anything and just subscribe to whatever stupid bullshit fits their agenda. I never thought I'd say this, but Borat is the hero 2020 needed. Check it out on Amazon. It's worth it.