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post #46 of 139
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Originally Posted by JahJahBinks
I saw the movie in a theatre that had about 400 people, so it was a great experience. One thing odd was that outside of the theatre (this is inside the big theatre) there was a policeman on guard to prevent any protestors I guess.
I don't know if it was just my showing, but as it got closer to show time security started corning younger looking members to ask for ticket and ID. I'm assuming they were worried about that R-rating. Funny thing is they seemed more lapse with Saw 3, showing on the other side of the refreshment stand.
post #47 of 139
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I saw some teens had funny looks on their face when asked for ID. However many people who watched it looked like teens with their dates.

Regarding the movie's rating, I thought in a R movie you still cannot have scenes with exposed sexual organs and anus. But somehow I don't if there is a double standard for it or it's okay if it's a photo.
post #48 of 139
At the theater I went to, they were checking ticket stubs upon entrance, but that was because it was the first of 3 sold-out showings that night. Supposedly they were also carding, but that must've began after I got in there.
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i never smelled so much weed in a theatre on opening night ever.
You should've smelled Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
post #49 of 139
OMG I just got back from seeing it.
Haven't laughed that hard in years, my face hurts.
The fight scene was outrageous and a little disturbing, had to look away a couple times, but it was the funniest part.
The Wife about wet herself during the B&B scene.

Was there anything on the credits? They cut the movie off just as soon as it ended.
TR
post #50 of 139
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Originally Posted by JahJahBinks
Regarding the movie's rating, I thought in a R movie you still cannot have scenes with exposed sexual organs and anus. But somehow I don't if there is a double standard for it or it's okay if it's a photo.
There are no set rules anymore with the MPAA ratings, but I think if organs are completely removed from a sexual setting (like say a fathers proud photo "High Five!") they probably let it slack a little.

My favorite weird experiences are with breasts on television. In one situation of a transgender operation (okay, I was bored in a hotel room), the male's breasts where shown until the enlargement packs where placed in and as they slide in, more and more of the breasts were blurred (acceptable on TV, a little less acceptable, even less acceptable, half and half...). Even stranger, in a couple cases in the last year I've actually seen if a male is over-weight and has "man boobs" they are blurred. Maybe they could be misconstrued as females or is it size that matters (beware flat-chested women)? Inconsistencies and double standards? Naaaaaaah.

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Originally Posted by Todd R
Was there anything on the credits? They cut the movie off just as soon as it ended. TR
Just the Kazakhstan rating: Not appropriate for children under 3.
post #51 of 139
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per-theatre average is third time highest ever, just behind pirates 3 and spider-man.
post #52 of 139
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Originally Posted by JahJahBinks
per-theatre average is third time highest ever, just behind pirates 3 and spider-man.
That probably makes it the best ever for an R-rated movie. Pretty impressive.
post #53 of 139
I'm so glad this movie is doing well. I've been a fan of his characters for a while now and love him getting the attention he deserves. I Like!
post #54 of 139
I haven't seen the film yet, but I watched a bunch of clips on youtube and laughed my ass off. I didn't like the Ali G character and I don't think he was big hit here in the U.S. It's probably because I had no former knowledge of the comedian and when I saw Ali G., I thought: "Yeah, an obnoxious rapper. Just what I need another of." I guess I didn't give him enough of a chance, though, since Cohen is obviously a very funny guy.

I think the reason why Borat is so much more instantly popular, and will be a HUGE, success is that America needs Borat at the moment.

If you dissect his character, he's exactly what we need to find some relief from the war. The world can point its finger at the brutish Americans and the war in Iraq, but we're just as stressed out about it as the rest of the world (of course, with the exception of poor Iraqis themselves).

If you look at Borat's character, he fits "middle eastern" very well. Like the images of Arabs or Muslims of Iraq/Iran/Afganistan we glimpse on TV. He may be meant to be an eastern european character, but he's "foreign" enough for the average american to lump him in with all these little known countries we've been forced to face and fear since the war on terror began. Kazakhstan -- just the sort of place we've had to wake up and go: "Huh, where? They're out to kill us?"

What I'm saying is that Borat is providing a huge dose of stress relief for Americans who have been forced to fear persons from abroad. He's a great, silly charicature of the "backwards" people we're now fighting. And since they apparently loath us, Borat's our chance to laugh back at them and have them undemonized. Think back to the World War II movies and cartoons where the Japanese were parodied -- for a moment we could lose our fear of the Japanese under their lampooning, charicatured in the broadest possible way. The same with Borat - he's just what we need to cut down the scary, threatening dark-haired person to size. It's a laugh of relief I think America is feeling toward Borat.

Now, I'm not saying this to in anyway undercut Cohen as a comedian. He's a master. His timing is impeccable and he understands classic comedic conventions. And, of course, in the way that the Marx brothers were pretty awful characters (and Chaplin's tramp) he's genius enough to make us love Borat.

Who knows, maybe it's Borat who will bring peace to the world>
post #55 of 139
I just saw it last night and it was great. Highly recommended. Not a single dull moment. Just go see it and don't read anything about it till you see it. That's what I did. I had absolutley no idea what to expect and had no idea who the character is. It was great and refreshing.

Normally, I don't like to watch comedies in crowded movie theaters but the audience reaction was actually fun at the 10 PM screening that I saw- especially during the wild hotel fight scene. A few people in the back screamed which added to the humour in a fun way.
post #56 of 139
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Originally Posted by chadbang
I think the reason why Borat is so much more instantly popular, and will be a HUGE, success is that America needs Borat at the moment.

If you dissect his character, he's exactly what we need to find some relief from the war. The world can point its finger at the brutish Americans and the war in Iraq, but we're just as stressed out about it as the rest of the world (of course, with the exception of poor Iraqis themselves).

If you look at Borat's character, he fits "middle eastern" very well. Like the images of Arabs or Muslims of Iraq/Iran/Afganistan we glimpse on TV. He may be meant to be an eastern european character, but he's "foreign" enough for the average american to lump him in with all these little known countries we've been forced to face and fear since the war on terror began. Kazakhstan -- just the sort of place we've had to wake up and go: "Huh, where? They're out to kill us?"

What I'm saying is that Borat is providing a huge dose of stress relief for Americans who have been forced to fear persons from abroad. He's a great, silly charicature of the "backwards" people we're now fighting. And since they apparently loath us, Borat's our chance to laugh back at them and have them undemonized. Think back to the World War II movies and cartoons where the Japanese were parodied -- for a moment we could lose our fear of the Japanese under their lampooning, charicatured in the broadest possible way. The same with Borat - he's just what we need to cut down the scary, threatening dark-haired person to size. It's a laugh of relief I think America is feeling toward Borat.
I disagree completely and find this post borderline racist. I love Borat. I would certainly hope his fans are smart enough to realize that he has nothing to do with the Mid-East. I find it positively disgusting if ANYONE finds him more humorous because of a war against people that look sort of maybe similar to him.

You are essentially agreeing with the rodeo guy in the film that was so absurd.

'Lose your fear by engaging in racist buffoonery!' Wow, what a horrible option.
post #57 of 139
Man...great movie. I didn't think it could possibly live up to the criticial hype, but it did. Completely offensive movie in the absolute best way.

I couldn't stop laughing during (and after) the fight scene.
post #58 of 139
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Originally Posted by Coltrane
I disagree completely and find this post borderline racist. I love Borat. I would certainly hope his fans are smart enough to realize that he has nothing to do with the Mid-East. I find it positively disgusting if ANYONE finds him more humorous because of a war against people that look sort of maybe similar to him.

You are essentially agreeing with the rodeo guy in the film that was so absurd.

'Lose your fear by engaging in racist buffoonery!' Wow, what a horrible option.
I'm sure any real response to your comments will get both of our posts deleted, but it's racist only in that race/ethnic groups are being framed and exaggerated - c'mon Borat could have been created to be a caricature of other groups, but Cohen selected this and no matter it's a caricature - as Cohen's character in Ricky Bobby was too. I think chadbang was trying to explain its larger success (not why he found it funny), and although I'd have to think about it longer to know if I agree or disagree with that statement (American's aren't even good at separating Persians from Arabs, so the link possibly could go far - though there are lots of historical reasons Borat may seem funny to Americans), equating it to the rodeo guys view of life seems far off base. As for using exaggerated caricature to get over stereotyped prejudices - there's a long line of examples. Two off the top of my head are Mary Tyler Moore (women) to Will & Grace (gays).
post #59 of 139
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The ironic part of this movie is that it wasn't even filmed in Kazakhstan, it was filmed in Romania, and the language Borat and his buddy spoke was not Kazakh either. So I don't know if the cultural ways depicted by Borat are true or not. If not then I think the biggest loser and the people who got most offended in this movie are the Kazakhstanians. This movie has ruined the image of 15 million people in that country.
post #60 of 139
I laughed so hard I couldn't breathe. Fight scene especially.

Funniest movie I've ever seen. One liners were great too.
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