Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020)

Let’s be honest, when it was announced that there would be a sequel to “Borat,” we probably all wondered exactly why this was being made at all. But luckily, Sacha Baron Cohen delivers another knockout, hard-hitting political comedy, the kind of narrative rooted and driven by the white-hot anger that has bubbled under all our collective skins since the election of the Donald Trump and the subsequent freakshow that followed for years. It’s downright cathartic to watch Cohen rip into the Trump ethos by lopping hard right and left hooks at the administration, beginning with the fact that its central plot is predicated on the well-known but little-acknowledged propensity for underage girls that runs throughout the Trump circle. The already-notorious scene between Borat’s underage daughter and the appalling, ghoulish Rudy Giuliani is electrifying in its intensity, not so much for its content but for how casually it all happens, like it’s just another afternoon for the formerly respected mayor of New York City. As Borat’s daughter, Maria Bakalova shares Cohen’s go-for-broke sensibilities and seems to be having a lot of fun in the role, and her chemistry with Cohen is one of the movie’s strongest assets. Ultimately, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” won’t change anybody’s minds about the administration or the state of American politics, and while it’s not as hysterically, screamingly funny as the first movie, it’s definitely worth a shot.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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