Borat 2 Movie Explained: What’s Up With the Ending?

Pros: Aggressive and politically incorrect satire in the usual spirit of Cohen; most of the film’s scenes are not staged; excellent acting work by Maria Bakalova Cons: Sequel looks secondary; explicit political engagement of the authors; an abundance of jokes “below the belt” Borat Subsequent Moviefilm / “Borat 2”

Genre satire, mockumentary
Directed by Jason Woliner
Starring Sasha Baron Cohen (Borat Sagdiyev), Maria Bakalova (Tutar Sagdieva), Dani Popescu (Prime Minister Nazarbayev) and others.
Four by Two Films, Amazon Studios
Release year 2020
Site IMDb

Back in 2006, immediately after the successful release of the first Borat (recall that the full official title of the film is Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan), which grossed $262.6 million worldwide with a budget of just $ 18 million, there were rumors about a possible sequel to the picture. Moreover, in early 2007, Rupert Murdoch himself announced that Sacha Baron Cohen had signed a contract for a second film with 20th Century Fox. But a little later, Cohen himself announced that he planned to “bury” this character – Borat Sagdiev became too famous to deceive the townsfolk with impunity.

However, Cohen has resurrected the character several times over the past 14 years, mostly to promote his other films. In November 2018, Borat Sagdiev even called on Americans to come to the midterm elections (recall that Cohen is a British citizen). In general, over the past few years, the actor himself has become more interested in politics, and it was he who insisted on the release of “Borat 2” on the eve of the US presidential election in order to “warn Americans from sliding into illiberal democracy.” However, this is far from the only anti-Republican film / television project that was released within a month before the election, remember at least The Comey Rule / “The Comey Rule” or The Trial of the Chicago 7 / “The Trial of the Chicago Seven”. Well, the sympathies of the film industry have always been on the side of the Democrats.

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Like the previous film, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (the full name is traditionally monstrous – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan), is built on improvisation and deception of the participants in the shooting – this is pure satirical mockumentary. All the participants in the picture, except for Cohen himself and two more actors, are ordinary inhabitants who were not warned in which shootings they were participating. Most of these scenes are improvised without any script. Given that after the previous film, Borat Sagdiev has become too prominent a character easily recognizable to most Americans, Borat in the new film resorts to various disguises to maintain incognito, appearing in his usual guise in only a few scenes, usually only with the participation of other actors. .

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During the filming of the film, Borat and his team managed to get to various official events, including the Conservative Political Action conference, which was attended by US Vice President Michael Pence; take a fake interview with Rudy Giuliani, during which they tried to provoke him into sexually inappropriate acts; mock the American right during a rally against the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 epidemic; deceive the plastic surgery clinic and the abortion prevention center; show up at the synagogue as a caricatured Jew, and so on. As with the previous film, Cohen has already been filed with numerous lawsuits, but most likely they will all be eventually dismissed, as they were 14 years ago.

According to the plot of “Borat 2”, after the release of the previous film, which glorified Kazakhstan to the whole world, Borat fell out of favor with the authorities and was sent to the Gulag (don’t even ask!). But he still has a chance to earn forgiveness. To do this, the journalist must deliver to Donald Trump a gift from the people of Kazakhstan – a Kazakh sex star, Joni the monkey. Since Trump himself, after Borat’s trick in the previous film, could not be approached, it was decided to give the monkey to Vice President Michael Pence. In the process of delivery, something went wrong and in the United States, along with Borat, was his 15-year-old daughter, whom he decided to give to Pence as a sex gift. But first, the daughter must be prepared for this, appropriately dressed, made up, taught to behave in society, etc. Actually, “Borat 2” is even more an adventure of Tutar Sagdiyeva, and not of Borat himself.

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And here I must say that the filmmakers were incredibly lucky with the actress. Bulgarian Maria Bakalova, chosen from 600 applicants, fits perfectly into the film and at times simply draws all the attention to herself. Moreover, Bakalova looks good both in the role of a wild “Kazakh woman” who grew up in a barn and dreams of a personal cage, and in the role of a sexy aspiring journalist interviewing Rudy Giuliani. An excellent find, we hope that after this film Bakalova will be invited not only to Bulgarian films.

If we talk about Borat 2 in general, then the general similarity with the first film does not benefit the sequel. The picture looks secondary and not as funny as the original. The fact that the film was shot at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, when jokes about the virus still looked funny, also played a role here; now, after hundreds of thousands of deaths, it doesn’t seem so fun anymore.

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Notwithstanding the above, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is a decent film overall. Cohen, as before, hits on sore spots and flaunts the narrow-mindedness and narrow-mindedness of ordinary Americans, it is not surprising that in the scenes where Borat performed in his usual appearance, the actor was asked to wear a bulletproof vest.

All in all, if you enjoyed the first Borat, chances are you’ll enjoy watching the sequel to some extent. However, one should not expect the shock effect that the original film produced from Borat 2.

Conclusion:

In general, a good satirical film in the spirit of Sacha Baron Cohen, which, nevertheless, is inferior to the original.

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