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Borat Subsequent Moviefilm - Prime Video

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Very Nice! Fourteen years after Sacha Baron Cohen graced our screens as Borat, he returns in this Amazon Prime Video sequel. On this episode of Podflix & Chill, Andrew breaks down some of the best & worst moments from this movie. 

  • Borat travels to America with his estranged daughter 
  • A questionable scene with Rudy Giuliani 
  • Why people shouldn't get so offended by this film

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Hi, I'm and drew, a self proclaimed TV junky. Join me on my journey to watch as much original content from the streaming services as I can. I'll give you insight into the shows that you just don't have the time to watch. Fair warning, this show will most likely contain spoilers, so if that's not your thing, turn back now. If you don't mind spoilers, let's dive in. Welcome to Pod flicks and chill. What's going on, guys? Welcome to Pod flicks and chill. I'm your host, Andrew, or should I say wow, wow, you are. My Name Andrew. Not On today's episode, we are going to be talking about the Amazon prime original movie bore at, the subsequent movie film. But before we dive in, just a friendly reminder to make sure you hit that subscribe button so that you stay notified for when we post future podcast episodes. You can even follow us on Instagram at Pod flicks and chill. That's pod flicks, the letter N and chill. will post show updates, as well as teasers and announcements for upcoming episodes, and you can even send us a message let us know what you guys are watching and what you might want to hear US cover on an upcoming episode. But now that that's out of the way, let's get into bar at, the subsequent movie film. This movie features the return of Sasha Baron Cohen as famous Kazakhstan reporter bore at, and I'm not even going to attempt to pronounce borats last name. The film also features a Bulgarian actress by the name of Maria Bakalova who plays borets fifteen year old daughter. Now the actress is twenty four years old, which calms a lot of people's nerves, I am sure, because some of the situations that we find boat in his fifteen year old daughter in are quite questionable. So the fact that she is a legal, consenting adult, I think, calms a lot of...

...people down. But let's get into a very quick plot synopsis. This is ripped right from the Google. Released from prison for bringing shame to his country, Kasic funny man bore at risks life and limb when he returns to America with his fifteen year old daughter. So yes, the events of the first bore at film, Fifteen years ago, actually fourteen years ago for those of you who don't remember, he comes to America to film a documentary about what makes this country so great. He winds up falling in love with Pamela Anderson and running around the country trying to marry her and make him hiss, make her his wife. He offends a lot of people while he's here, a lot of people, and the same holds true with this film. But after the events of the first film we find that he has brought shame and disgrace to his entire country of Kazakhstan. So he gets sent to prison and is later released to try to redeem his country and reingratiate them with America. And the goal by his country is to send bread on a top secret mission to America and give a gift to Donald Trump. Now that gift does not pan out the way they would, the way they want, and I'll let you watch the film to figure out why. It's not really important, because the whole main driving plot of the film is that bore at fifteen year old daughter has stowed away in a crate because she really wants to come to America and bore at didn't let her, not out of any sort of love or care for her. But in Kazakhstan they don't respect women. They don't treat them as equals. Boats daughter is living in a stable when we're first introduced, or covered in mud, very disheveled, unclean, and she hasn't been put in her marriage cage yet or her wife cage. So when when the people...

...of Kazakhstan are giving their daughters to a betrothed, they get put in a cage. And and this, this topic is tackle throughout the film. There's a there's a theme of gender equality throughout the film and it winds up, it winds up working out well, but in the very beginning it's cringey. Anyway. She has stowed away in a crate and they now decide that bore at must gift her as a wife to Vice President Michael Pennce, and this is this is mandated by boats country. Otherwise borat risks s execution for not delivering his daughter to Michael Pence and ingratiating Kazakhstan with America. So hijenk's Hilarity, Shenanigan's offensiveness, it all ensues throughout the course of the hour and a half of the film and, if I'm being quite honest, for the first forty five minutes or so I was questioning turning the film off. I wasn't even sure I was going to do an episode on the movie, but I decided to power through and in the back half of the film I actually found myself laughing a lot more. I think the humanization that happens with boats character throughout kind of made the cringiness a little bit more palatable and I wound up chuckling. I wound up getting a little bit more drawn into the to the subplot with boreat and his daughter, and I think that gave me a little bit more of not so much an appreciation for the film, because it is still very much toilet humor, but it was it was a little bit more bearable and I was able to enjoy the funny parts and the questionable humor a little bit more. So we're going to get into some of the the finer...

...points of the film and and whatnot, but first I want to take a break to talk about anchor. If you've ever thought about starting a podcast, let me tell you about anchor. Anchor is a free tool that makes it incredibly easy to get started with your new podcast. In fact, it's what I use. With anchor, you can record and edit your show directly from your phone or computer. They will distribute your show to major podcast platforms like apple podcast and spotify for you. You can even monetize your podcast with no minimum listener requirement. Oh and did I mention it's free. All you have to do to get started is download the free anchor APP or go to Anchor Dot FM. That's an Cho r dot FM anchor. It's everything you need to make a podcast in one place. So this film, I think, was originally intended for theatrical release, but due to the covid shutdowns and movie theaters closing, I think it released straight to Amazon prime video, and I don't think that hinders the film at all, because Covid is actually a pretty big deal. Within the back half of the movie we see bore at wandering around the streets of Texas, not sure where everybody is. Somebody tells them that there's a lockdown because of the virus that's going around, and borats then asks if he can stay with them and shares their home. It's actually pretty funny and I think that's the whole point of the film right. The point is not to trivialize coronavirus. The point is not to trivialize or make fun of Republicans, or trivialize and make fun of Democrats or women or anything like that. I think it's a satire. The whole point is to look at how ridiculous we are as a people and laugh at ourselves and say, Hey, yeah, maybe we are a little ridiculous. Let's fix it. Let's...

...stop all the stupid fighting and, you know, fear mongering. Let's stop saying that the coronavirus is a hoax, let's stop saying stupid, idiotic phrases like liberal agenda or far right whatever like. Let's just stop all that, look at ourselves, laugh at ourselves and then move forward in a positive way, and I think that's the the intent of the film. I don't think there's anything malicious happening so, and to prove that, I want to address one of the controversies that came out of this film, and that is the controversy of bore at entering a synagogue disguised as what he feels is a stereotypical Jew. Remind reminder that Borat is anti Semitic, he doesn't believe that the Holocaust exists, and Sasha Baron Cohen himself is Jewish. So remember that, folks remember that. So bourat goes into a synagogue disguised as what he thinks is a stereotypical Jewish person, and there are two older women sitting in the synagogue talking and they have a conversation with Boor at, you know, saying that you know that he doesn't have to be afraid of them, he's they're not going to kill him, they're not going to like eat his entrails or whatever the case might be, and they actually explain to him that the Holocaust was real. In fact, one of them is a Holocaust survivor, and Boor at is enthralled by this. Now, after the filming of that scene, Sasha Baron Cohen decided that he was going to break tradition and tell these two women that the whole scene was a gag, and he lets them in on the fact that he is Jewish and he tries to bring about Holocaust lost education and sort of again let the people who actually hold these beliefs that the...

Holocaust didn't happen, which open a book to see that it did happen. He tries to educate people that it did happen through this very antisemitical character, or at so he lets these women in on the gag and unfortunately, between the time of filming the scene and the film's release, the One woman, Judith Evans, who was the Holocaust the yeah, that was the Holocaust survivor, she had passed away and her family was kind of offended by how the scene played out, so they issued a lawsuit against Sasha Baron Cohen and the film. The lawsuit, I read, has since been dropped, but I think it's I think the important part of this story is the fact that, you know, the film's intent is not to offend, or at least maliciously. He's a he's a Jewish character playing an anti Semite and he comes across these older Jewish women and he lets the men on the secret and he's saying, Hey, like, I don't actually believe any of this, this is what I'm trying to do and this is what I'm trying to create, and I am sure or that the same could probably be applied to the other areas where he sort of pokes fun at the really far right crowd, because that also happens in abundance in this film. So I think everybody needs to sort of relax and not get so offended easily, especially with things like this. It's a comedy, it's fictional, it's made up and I think, I think the whole point is a satire, making a sort of self reflect but...

...anyway, let's talk about the second controversy, Rudy Giuliani. Right, if you if you don't know about this, like I didn't, you have to do a little bit of research. So there's a scene in the film where Boad's daughter is playing a reporter who's interviewing Rudy Giuliani, and the whole point of this interview is because she agrees to marry Rudy Giuliani so that her father doesn't ex get executed. Now, I don't know how they jumped from Michael Pence to Rudy Giuliani, but it happens anyway. So during the interview she's being very flirtatious, puts her hand on Rudy Giuliani a couple of times. He's laughing, they're carrying on and then we see them both with walk into the hotel bedroom. Now, the way the scene is shot makes it look like Rudy Giuliani reclines onto the bed, reaches into the front of his pants and starts playing around down there. Whether that happened or not, I'm not even going to begin to speculate on. His camp says that all he was doing was adjusting his shirt from the microphone wires. I will say objectively, as a sound person, I would never put microphone wires or a battery pack down through the Front of a shirt and pants, especially when a guy's wearing a suit. Right for a news interview. All you have to do is stick the battery pack in the suit pocket and attached to the lavelier mic, to the to the tie or the lapel. There no wires should be going down shirts at any point in time. So that's all I'm going to say about that part. As far as the scene itself, it's plausible and possible that you could cut together the footage that you receive from the cameras to make...

...it look like Rudy Giuliani is being dirty. But WHO's to say? Who's to say what actually happened? I will say that, even if he wasn't reaching into the front of his pants being perverted it, there is an uncomfortable moment where he does pat the actress playing boats daughter on the very, very low back, just below or just above her her ass, and regardless of whether or not he was being pervy with his hand down his pants, that was a little bit much. But that's not to say that he is a deviant. Okay, he could just be an old man. And Yeah, I've kind of straight off topic at this point. I think it's a controversy. It happened. I'll leave it up to you guys, what you think is actually the case. How about that? How about we leave it at that? So boor at to the subsequent movie. Film cringey funny tackles a lot of issues and I really got to say I think there's a nice redemption arc throughout the film. So, like I said, we cover gender inequality, we cover the coronavirus, we cover politics. There's a lot of that going on and I think throughout you see this relationship developed with Borat and his daughter that he didn't have at the beginning of the film. At the beginning of the film, when his daughter Asks Ken of Father Love His daughter as much as he loves his son's bread's answer is no. But by the end of the film she asks again, do you love me as much as your son's? He Says No, more, much, much more. So he's developed and established that relationship with her and I think that is really one of...

...the redeeming qualities of the film, if you can look past the toilet humor and look past the ungodly amounts of cringe. In fact, if you're a fan of the office and you've ever seen the episode Scott's toughts, that is the level cringe we're talking about here for an hour and a half. But if you can look past all that and look at sort of the redemption that boat goes through throughout the film, I think I think it redeems it the film itself. And we do see at the end to again another sort of poke at coronavirus, again, not to trivialize it, but just kind of make people laugh in such a dark time. We see that the film is much more closely related to coronavirus than we're originally led to believe. So if you've got an hour and a half and you want to watch the film, do it. If you don't want to watch it and after listening to this you think that the film sounds stupid, don't watch it, I will probably give this an average rating of a three out of five chill points. We're using the chill points system here on Pod flicks and chill only because that's the name of the show. So one chill point is equal to one star. Three out of five chill points for Boor at, the subsequent movie film only, because I like the redemption arc and I like the humanity that happens throughout. Some of the jokes landed, some of them didn't. But you, guys, let me know what your thoughts are. How many chill points do you rank Borat? Let me know in the comment section on Instagram, or you can send me a direct message. Again, that's at, pod flakes N, the letter n chill. Let me know what you guys thought about Bor at and let me know what you like to hear me talk about in any upcoming episodes. Again, this has been pod flakes and chill. If...

...you like the show, hit that subscribe button. Make sure you share it with a friend, because that's the only way we're going to grow this thing into something bigger and better. I'm Andrew. Thanks for listening.

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