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Sacha Baron Cohen’s second ‘Borat’ movie hits theaters

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Today, as one waits to see what’s next in the “Borat” saga, what should be the next step after my most recent series of totally unnecessary journalistic experiences, we should look to Wednesday’s “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.”

In “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” Sacha Baron Cohen and his co-star Larry Charles continue their escapades as the very good people at Comedy Central release three movies – one full of Borat idiocy, one that’s not – that basically chronicle the story that started last summer’s follow-up to the 2003 comedy, called “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.” The first of the films looks to continue the trends that engaged audiences in the first film: calling out the stupidity of the United States, ripping into the perceived hypocrisy of its historical past, and even attempting to convert a stranger to Islam while lavishing him with global charm.

“Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” is so much like a dutiful Christmas cartoon of its time that it’s surprising how complex and out there it is. It packs in jokes about race and religion; plus one of the movie’s stars, Alec Baldwin, goes to Kazakhstan in a film that honors Borat’s prominent role in the country’s history. And, yeah, you do see Moe the goat, played by Borat himself.

It’s all a lot to sit through, but you’re fine if you just watch it on a giant screen in a 7-Eleven store because you have no other choice. “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” is all the better for being a film that’s not meant to be seen once in a theater.

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