• I’m No Gipsy, But He Got My Tears

    Posted by on November 19th, 2006 · Comments (4)

    In the summer of 1978, just around three-and-a-half months before my 16th birthday, I went to the Island Theatre on Staten Island to see a movie called “Animal House.” I’ll always remember that day because I laughed so hard, and long, during the viewing of that movie that I actually thought I was going to wet myself from the force of such laughter against the control my bodily functions.

    Over 28 years has passed since that time and, while I’ve seen many funny movies since “Animal House,” I’ve never had that “laughed so hard for so long” experience again – until yesterday.

    On Saturday afternoon, I went to see “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.”

    Maybe there’s something wrong with me? Maybe my mind is more warped than the average person? But, I have to confess that I “laughed so hard for so long” while watching “Borat” that I actually had tears coming out of the sides of my eyes. True. And, while I never thought that I would lose control of my bladder yesterday, once the movie ended, it was almost impossible for me to drive home – as just the thought of some of the scenes from “Borat” had me still laughing that hard (even after it was over) that I could not see very well (with tears in my eyes again).

    I share this in case you’re considering whether or not to go see “Borat.” If you have a good sense of humor, you owe it to yourself to go see this movie. Just use the bathroom before you go and be sure to drive home carefully afterwards.

    Comments on I’m No Gipsy, But He Got My Tears

    1. Raf
      November 19th, 2006 | 10:37 am

      One of these days, I’ll have to check this Borat movie out…

    2. brockdc
      November 19th, 2006 | 1:03 pm

      Though I’ve not seen it yet, I can’t remember a film that so adroitly transcended the intellectual divide like this. Dumb people love it because it reaffirms all of the cultural stereotypes that they believe Borat represents and critiques, and smart people love the biting satire.

    3. November 19th, 2006 | 1:55 pm

      It was certainly the funniest film of the year. The funniest part was the ‘wrestling scene.’ I wonder what was real and what was staged.

      My wife told me two people from the movie are suing Cohen. The etiquette woman who he gave the bag of shit to, and the frat guys. (They’ll never get a date again.)

    4. Josh
      November 19th, 2006 | 11:55 pm

      I actually just came back from seeing Borat. I have to say, I was a little disappointed. I am of a fan of Baron Cohen’s, have seen most if not all of “Da Ali G” shows and always thought Borat was his strongest character. However, I thought the movie was just too much. There was far less “biting satire” than there was over-the-top scatological gross-out humor. I laughed a lot more at a movie like Wedding Crashers than I did at this. This had a lot of “can you believe he just said/did that? moments but I didn’t laugh out loud much. But the NYC audience I saw it with seemed to love it (esp. the 10 year old I was seeing next to – what’s wrong with parents today?)They are always willing to laugh at the middle American rubes.

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