Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is, in a literal sense, wildly funny. Its best jokes approach some savage, atavistic core of cultural taboo and make the viewer wonder: Is it really possible to laugh at this? But by the time you formulate that question, it’s too late: You’re already laughing. . .
. . . Borat is directed by Larry Charles, a director and producer of many episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, another classic in the I-can’t-believe-he-just-said-that comedy canon. But Baron Cohen’s jaw-dropping gall makes even Curb‘s Larry David look like a blushing wallflower. Whether you attribute that gall to fearless honesty or shameless crassitude is up to you. I’ll just be over here, laughing so hard I aspirate my popcorn.