BoratFriday night is movie night and last night we watched Borat. What makes Friday night different from all other nights? We watch movies every night, but on Friday night we are willing to pay for Movies on Demand. I had put off watching Borat for as long as possible. I love the character, but something seemed off about the movie. I normally like humor that makes me feel uncomfortable (see Larry David), but Borat was just too awkward and uncomfortable.

Two things struck me about the movie. The first is that it was nominated for an Oscar for best adapted screenplay. What do we call that Oscar phenomena? How would you feel if you actually wrote a screenplay and Borat was nominated instead? The whole time watching the movie, I kept thinking that the worst part about it was the awkward scripting. Obviously I don’t know from good writing.

The second thing that struck me is that Borat’s fictional producer, Azamat Bagatov, is a real actor. Ken Davitian is from LA and has appeared in numerous movies and tv shows. He owns a restaurant in Hollywood that specializes in French Dip sandwiches. Thinking back, it is no surprise that the guy who sat on Borat’s head does seems like he would like French Dip sandwiches. I had to watch two episodes of Man vs Wild to wash that image out of my head.

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Rotten tomatoes rating: 91% (oy vey)