Years later, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” brings back magic

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Borat and his daughter Tutar pose in front of the White House. Their original mission was to find Vice President Mike Pence.

After 14 years of silence from the beloved character Borat Sagdiyev, Sacha Baron Cohen has released “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” a hilarious mockumentary that refreshes Cohen’s signature humor and introduces new concepts. 

In the original film, “Borat!”,main character Borat Sagdiyev travels from his homeland of Kazakhstan to the United States to film a documentary. Throughout the movie, Borat meets with real Americans, many unaware of his character, poking fun at them with his notoriously juvenile humor. 

In 2020, Borat is sent to the United States yet again to complete a “mission” full of wild twists and turns. The end goal, however, is to please authorities like President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to amend damage done by Borat’s first film.

Borat lands in the U.S. expecting a famous chimpanzee, but his plans are soon derailed when he discovers his teenage daughter Tutar (Irina Nowak) has followed him and eaten the chimpanzee. This new sidekick allows for a deeper look into Borat’s personal life and values and only develops throughout the movie. Borat also finds he is now famous in America; a few scenes feature fans recognizing the character.

Borat quickly uses his daughter’s presence to craft a new plan: deliver her to Mike Pence in order to redeem Kazakhstan’s reputation. Tutar becomes a star in her own right, perfectly balancing between developing her own character while still playing off the same humor as Borat. The two cause slapstick chaos throughout as they attend a debutante ball, anti-abortion clinic, and many more events. 

After crashing a Conservative Political Action Conference and being “rejected” by Pence’s security team, Borat decides to pursue Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City and lawyer for President Trump. He attempts to persuade Tutar to get breast enhancements to appeal to Giuliani, but is met with resistance. Tutar’s exposure to modern femininity by the multiple characters she meets causes her to part ways with her father and begin her journalism career. 

Throughout the film, it’s clear that Borat’s humor has not changed. He continues to keep the magic of making fun of every single person he encounters. While some of his humor borders on the “too far,” especially the notorious anti-Semitism that Borat expresses, there’s clear character development in morals. Borat shifts his humor to poking fun at many conservative figures, like the two men he stays with for over a week before attending a conservative rally. 

Some of the final parts of the movie take place in a hotel, in a disturbing scene involving Giuliani and Tutar. It’s clear to the audience that Borat’s team is genius enough to trick such a political figure into such a plot, which is all the more impressive. The twists that watchers encounter during the movie shape the incredibly entertaining experience. 

Though Tutar becomes aware of the sexist norms in her country, she also starts to develop her own identity and eventually bonds with her father as well. Their love of journalism and family brings them together in some of the final scenes, giving the audience the “aw” moment that was missing in the first movie. Borat has always been a hilarious and shocking character, but his soft side as a father adds more dimension to his character. Borat also exhibits more entertaining costume changes as he disguises himself many times. 

Though the original “Borat!” has the charm of Cohen’s stark, offensive humor, “Borat Subsequent Movie Film” refreshes the character with new twists and brings back most of the magic from 14 years ago.