ESP’s film critic Gavin Miller settles on the sofa for the latest on the small screen…

After being released from prison after fourteen years due to his humiliation of the Kazakhstan nation in the first film, the country’s president pardons Baron Cohen’s fictional television journalist Borat – and gives him a special assignment.

Said mission is to deliver Kazakh Minister of Culture Johnny the Monkey – yep a real-life monkey! – to President Donald Trump via his understudy Mike Pence.

Back at his homestead he discovers that he has a fifteen-year-old daughter Tutar (Maria Bakalova), who then ends up following him to Texas after he discovers her in a shipping crate that was housing the monkey – who is now deceased.

Threatened with execution if he doesn’t find a way to satisfy Pence, Borat decides to offer up his daughter as a gift.

But while some scenes are definitely ‘near the knuckle’, there’s no doubting that’s just the filling in the sandwich for Baron Cohen’s ‘smarts’ in uncovering political social taboos – and revealing some truly misguided perceptions in the American population.

For that it just about achieves its goal – even if you have to go through some astoundingly irreverent moments to get there.

Borat is definitely back – and just as hotly contentious as before.

ESP Rating: 3/5

Gavin Miller

Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Maria Bakalova, Dani Popescu & Tom Hanks

Running Time: 1 Hr 35 Mins

Director: Jason Woliner

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