Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Director: Jason Woliner
Year Released: 2020
Rating: 3.0

Having disgraced his nation of Kazakhstan, "journalist" Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen) is given the mission of coming back to the States and giving Vice President Mike Pence a gift in the form of Johnny the Monkey, but instead his daughter Tutar (Maria Bakalova) shows up (the monkey ate itself), so he decides he'll give her to the V.P. instead. The first Borat picture, back in 2007 (which, let's be honest, feels like fifty years ago), was one of the funniest and most memorable experiences I've ever had in a theatre, and while this is nowhere near as hilarious - in fact, it recycles many of the jokes from that to slightly diminished effect - it's still pretty frickin' funny, with enough solid one-liners and clever digs at American culture (notice how the guys who believe the outrageous conspiracy theory about the Clintons and adrenochrome get defensive when Borat says he doesn't think women should have basic human rights).  I will note that I find the ending ethically troublesome: Tutar, posing as a journalist, ends up in a room with Rudy Giuliani and he's laying on the bed fiddling with his pants - while it's great as incriminating evidence of "The President's Lawyer" being a weirdo ("She's fifteen, she's too old for you") it also feels like Cohen (also the producer and co-screenwriter) was pimping out his lead actress ... which isn't very nice.