I was in Charlotte, North Carolina the first weekend that Borat came out. My 26 year old son Noah and 20 year old nephew David invited me to see the film with them. Should a son allow his 61 year old father to see such a movie with him?
All of the controversy in the press has been about whether parents should take their impressionable teenagers to Borat. The bigger issue should be whether young people should take a reactionary old Republican fart to such a rowdy flick.
I walked away from Borat utterly shattered from laughter. I laughed harder than the young guys because the movie was not only a gas, it was crazy risky. Sasha Baron Cohen is a comedic savant and Larry Charles the director helps him shine. To do anti-Semitic skits to expose anti-Semitic attitudes like Borat does in its “Running of the Jew” segment is incredibly gutsy for a big budget movie.
Baron Cohen is innocently coarse and fabulously vulgar. I am so tired of comedians who go for cheap laughs by using “fuck” or describing penises. Borat Just goes for your balls in the funniest way I’ve ever seen on screen.
Parents if your kids want to go with you to see this movie, I don’t care how young they are – just go and have yourself a ball.