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Borat Sagdiyev, the                                                                                                                                                         1
Kazakh who stole the
world's heart 14 years                                                                                                                                                  $4.7M
ago, is back. He is
cruder and badder than                                                                                                                                                    Weekly Revenue
ever before, and this
time he is joined by his                                                                                                                                           H1onest Thief
daughter. Together, they
explore the American                                                                                                                                                        2
body politic, writes
Christian Tesfaye,                                                                                                                                                      $1.9M
awarding the film 8 out
of 10 stars.                                                                                                                                                              Weekly Revenue

                                                                                                                                                                   The War with



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                                                                                                                                                                   The Empty Man

Borat Sagdiyev - the Kazakh                                                                                                                                        34
         who stole our hearts with
         his unfathomable levels                                                                                                                                   4 $1.3M
         of anti-Semitism, sexism
and racism - is back. And as our                                                                                                                                       Weekly Revenue
current state of politics would have
it, his experiences are ever more                                                                                                                                        Tenet
crude and cruel. Some jokes do
not even sound fun anymore. It is        Film Review |By Christian Tesfaye - Exclusive to Fortune                                                                         5
an indication that we are staring                                                                                                                                  4
into the abyss, but there is no longer
enough optimism left for us to be                                                                                                                                     $577K
humorous about it.
                                                                                 Borat:                                                                                            Weekly Revenue
Sacha Baron Cohen does not care.
He wants us to gaze at the poor state                                                                                                                                 The Nightmare
of our being, at the absurdity that we                                                                                                                             Before Christmas
have willingly allowed to pervade
our political and social norms.                                                                                                                                          5
Of course, he and the group of
scriptwriters he assembles reserve       'Very Nice' Movie Americana                                                                                                      6
their biting commentary for the
purported leader of the free world,                                                                                                                                5 $530K
the United States.
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Borat Subsequent Moviefilm begins
self-referentially. The first outing of  curtesy of the great people of the        The film is a cruel                  performance as Tutar. Throughout            Hocus Pocus
Borat 14 years ago had led to the        state of Kazakhstan.                    portrayal of not just                  the film, their relationship develops,
negative stereotyping of Kazakhstan,                                              US political culture                  outside of the caricatured Kazak                     7
which did not go unnoticed by            In their journey to reach first Pence,                                         tradition, into a more liberal one
the government there. Borat is           and then the contingency plan,              but the average                    where Tutar is empowered as a                   $494K
subjected to public humiliation          Former New York Mayor Rudy                   American Joe.                     woman.
– including a very creative use of       Giuliani, the duo bond and explore                                                                                          6 Weekly Revenue
the arcade hammer game – and             the American body politic. They         and pleads with her to reconsider      What is the post-modernist Left to
sentenced to life in a forced labour     come across sugar dating Instagram      the cultural prejudices she grew up    make of this? Is Borat to be praised       Monsters, Inc.
camp.                                    influencers, QAnon believers, female    with. Another is a couple of Jewish    for his personal growth? If the
                                         conservative Republican groups and      women Borat meets in a synagogue       answer is no, and that he should                     8
But motherland calls upon Borat’s        anti-abortion evangelists.              who are warm and welcoming             have known better to begin with,
services once again. This time it                                                despite the shocking stereotypical     then how can he be blamed for                    $423K
is to present a gift, the country’s      The film is a cruel portrayal of not    opinions he throws their way.          conforming to the socio-cultural
Culture Minister, which is a monkey      just US political culture but the       Clearly, the film’s subject matter is  structures he grew up within? Are we                Weekly Revenue
called Johnny, to President Donald       average American Joe. People are        the US far-right, not necessarily the  not all social constructs with limited,
Trump so that Kazakhstan can be          shown across the running time of        far-left. But reading between the      if any, agency?                              7 After We
accepted into the club of world          the film casually being racist and      lines, Borat also has something up
authoritarians. The real reason          sexist. Borat mentions throughout       its sleeves for the post-modernist     How about the character arc of                    Collided
though, which is revealed in the         the film to Americans that he locks     infatuated Left.                       Tutar? Is it not the fact that she
third act in one of the cleverest        away his daughter in a cage at          One of the most unexpected             becomes empowered in the style                    9
plot twists in recent times, is much     night, or that he plans to give her     servings of the movie is the father-   of Western liberal feminism a case
grander in ambition.                     away for marriage to a much older       daughter side story, which is all the  of cultural assimilation? Within              $319K
                                         person, to which they reply with        more refined by Bakalova’s raw         an ideology where truth is a mere
Borat heads to the United States         absolute disinterest and go about                                              perspective, how can a culture even            Weekly Revenue
once again. There is only one            their business. This is if they do                                             be judged outside of its own context?
problem. His daughter, Tutar (Maria      not make a derogatory comment                                                                                             8 2 Hearts
Bakalova), has somehow sneaked           of their own.                                                                  Much of this will be analysed and
inside the crate transporting Johnny,                                                                                   debated in academic circles and                  10
and the monkey has ended up              But not everyone is terrible in the                                            lay groups. But one thing is for
“eating himself.” Stuck with her, he     movie. It is curious that the majority                                         sure. While divisive – I found it to             $283K
devises another plan – to give his       of White people are portrayed                                                  be hilarious, while many, especially
daughter as a “gift” to Mike Pence,      as prejudiced and disengaged,                                                  in Ethiopia, will likely be offended       Weekly Revenue
vice president of the United States,     while minorities are often shown                                               by it – it is the talk of the town. It is
                                         to be caring and sensitive. One                                                satire, the best of its kind. It does not  9The  Addams
                                         of these is an African-American                                                obsess over politicians as Saturday               Family
                                         professional babysitter that Borat                                             Night Live does but society. It is
                                         hires for his daughter, who goes                                               subversive and shocking. Like it or
                                         to great lengths to understand her                                             hate it, we are talking about it.
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