Borat Subsequent Moviefilm created a sensation in the entertainment industry last year. After just two films, The Interview and Zoolander: On The New York City Subway Train, the next film in the series, Borat, did not receive a green light from the studio. Instead, Disney made a series of films in support of their comedy franchise, earning both critical acclaim and box office success. So what went wrong?
The movie begins with a blackface warning from its distributor, Amazon Studios; it refers to the film’s graphic example of profanity, sex appeal, drug use, nudity, and the depiction of an out-of-control, prankster tendencies that moviegoers have come to expect from the borat franchise. The warning appears at the beginning of the film, right when the character who stars as Borat enters a restaurant. As the character continues on his way, a woman (Sandra Oh), who was sitting behind him, tries to stop him from leaving. Later, in a deleted scene from the movie, we see that she was the primary driving force behind his attempt to seduce her.
What happened between those two scenes is unclear. The reason may be because executives at the studio thought it was funny to show a woman openly rooting for borat throughout the movie. In fact, the original screenplay featured this same overt sexual dynamic between the characters. Although there was never an option for that scene to be cut out, the version that ended up on the cutting room floor replaced the crude humor with more politically correct dialogue.
In the borat subsequent movie film, “Cocktail,” an entire sequence takes place between Borat’s first encounter with Meryl Stains and his second meeting with her. While he is trying to impress her, he gets caught up in a conversation with her mother, in which she mentions that she knows all about the “wild side” of human nature. As a result, he decides to tell her a story about how he went to work for a company where he was dating a much younger woman. In the deleted scene, Stains asks her if she’s ever heard of Borat before, to which she replies, “Not yet.”
After Borat goes back home to Kazakhstan, Meryl attempts to get him back by arranging for him to spend the night with her in a park named after her. Although she’s not exactly “dating” Borat, she does attempt to seduce him, which leads to him knocking her unconscious in the ensuing chaos (in the sequel, Stains’s mother accidentally recovers consciousness). Since Stains has no idea what’s going on, he doesn’t seem too worried about it, but later on in the movie, as he and Meryl are driving away, he tells her that he’ll be seeing her again soon.
With a new start at work, Borat sets out once again to locate and talk to Meryl. The two spend some time together driving past a billboard that features both names (along with a rather obvious reference to Stains’s mom), and Borat gets the chance to show off his newly acquired skills. Eventually, they come across a group of terrorists who mistake them for tourists. Before they know it, the terrorists have taken over the country and force Borat to relocate to America. Shortly thereafter, Meryl manages to catch Borat red handed, and he subsequently decides to help her escape the country on her own.
After escaping the country, Meryl’s personal life starts to suffer as her ex-boyfriend suddenly becomes interested in her again. However, things only get worse when she learns that her mother’s death was caused by a botched CIA operation, and she is subsequently accused of belonging to the terrorists responsible for the original incident. To make matters worse, she ends up having a shoot out with her nemeses and a car bomb kills a security guard at a construction site. Once she is declared unfit to stand trial, she is taken away in an ambulance and taken to a mental hospital in Manhattan. During this time, her sister tries to visit her, but she is refused.
After spending almost a month in the mental hospital, Meryl gets pregnant, but her pregnancy proves futile when her mother dies during childbirth. When she recovers, she returns to Los Angeles where her aunt decides to take her to Hawaii for the birth of her son. When she arrives, however, she is told that her aunt is bipolar and is therefore unable to give birth to a healthy child. So, instead of returning to Hawaii, she decides to move into an apartment in New York City.
The subsequent movie, Borat: Cultural Learnings of an American Girl, chronicles the actress’ escape from Manhattan, and her eventual rehabilitation at a prep school run by played by Selena Gomez. Though not as well received as the previous film, The Great Bazaar, Borat nonetheless provides the much needed comedic relief to one of the more serious films of the year. Although not as funny as the first film, The Borat Movie is still a fun watch, especially for those who have not seen the first film. A must-see film…