Sasha Baron Cohen has remained one of the most scornful critics of the modern American political scene and has taken to destroying the status quo whenever possible. He’s been especially vicious in 2020 with his incredibly controversial “Who is America?” limited series, which he then follows up with the “Borat” sequel. This movie is not at all a cash grab, if fans were worried, it’s instead yet another case of Cohen pulling down the curtain in an America most of us doesn’t know exists. Or at least likes to pretend doesn’t exist.
After being released from prison, Kazakh journalist Borat is given a second chance to go back to America to film why it’s the greatest country in the world, and explore how much its changed since we last met Borat. When Borat discovers he has a daughter, she tags along with him and the pair spends their time meeting with a lot of unusual and sometimes disturbing characters, as Borat is often bound to do.
Baron Cohen is mostly about pushing boundaries and doing whatever he can to even get his hardcore fans to ask if he’s perhaps taking things too far. While not every joke in “Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm” is laugh out loud funny, Baron Cohen often seems to opt more for comedy that’s funny, but also wildly thought provoking. He explores a lot about the sexual obsession in America, exploitation and control of young girls, the hunger for fame, and the social approach to crimes like rape. Co-star Maria Bakalova is wonderful in the role as Borat’s daughter Tutar, a young idealistic girl who gradually falls in love with America the more time she and Borat spend traveling. Bakalova keeps up with Baron Cohen just fine and even manages to grab her own laughs here and there.
Baron Cohen drops the past documentary format in favor of one that switches between his documentary interviews, and the narrative of Borat and Tutar trying to assimilate in to America. There are so many highlights in “Borat 2” as Baron Cohen, once again, goes right for the throat, exploring how a lot of high class companies make their cash on sexualizing under age girls as much as possible. The more Tutar adjusts her looks, the more she becomes conventionally pretty, often gauging at her interview subjects, including an older man who casually admits that he’d gladly “sex attack” Tutar if Borat wasn’t in the room.
This, of course, prompts a high five between the father and daughter. “Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm” is another hysterical, scathing statement about Modern America and from Sasha Baron Cohen how we have such a long way to go in the way we value each other and how we value women. While it might be known in the future mainly as the movie that put a once respected politician in a compromising position, it has so much more to offer that’ll make you squirm in your seat.