“The genius of Borat is how the character exploits our country’s obsession with conflict-avoidance and multicultural tolerance. It’s a shiv to the guts of appeasement, and it just mightbethebest—andcertainlythe funniest—deconstructionofAmerican pretensions ever made. [. . .]
“When it comes to exploring uncharted lands of awkwardness and vulgarity, this is the lunar landing. Free-speech absolutists will set up elaborate shrines to this film. Teenagers will sneak past movietheater ticket takers. Concerned mothers will wonder what the world is coming to. And audiences everywhere will convulse in fits of pained laughter.
“Watching the movie is like taking an 89-minute cultural-desensitization course. You walk in with your mores, tastes, and air of civility comfortably intact, but when you emerge you no longer have any idea of what’s acceptable.”
Peter Suderman, writing on “Learning from the Culture,” Nov. 3 in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com