British Invasion

‘Borat' & ‘The Queen'

“Smile,” Alan Funt used to say on his TV show, “you’re on Candid Camera.”

“Gotcha!” Sacha Baron Cohen might say, “you’re in my movie, Borat, and you’ve signed the release forms, and so you will continue to make an ass of yourself from here to digital eternity.” For what is Borat if not a Candid Camera for our bumptious times? Well...isn’t it a satire of racist, homophobic America? Doesn’t Borat, Cohen’s pseudo-...

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Richard Alleva has been reviewing movies for Commonweal since 1990.