‘Borat’ Turns 15: Relive the Funniest Moments


| LAST UPDATE 11/04/2021

By Scarlett Adler
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Roughly 15 years ago today, a journalist from Kazakhstan touched foot on American soil - and nothing's been the same ever since. From Borat's rocky - and slightly scandalous - journey throughout the country to the hilarious moments it called for, get ready for a trip down memory lane as we revisit the classic comedy.

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On November 3, 2006, the first of the Borat gems hit screens across the country. Safe to say, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan might not have made to be the most appropriate film, but it was "very nice!" And it appears we're not the only ones who gave the blockbuster two thumbs up.

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Not only was the raunchy comedy dubbed an instant hit, but it raked in a staggering amount at the box office - roughly $262 million, according to several reports. And well, we can see why. "Borat is funny, spleen-bursting funny, although you may catch yourself wondering if these are the kind of jokes you should be laughing at," as movie critic Richard Crouse perfectly put it.

We wonder what jokes he must have been talking about? Perhaps Borat's trip to the car dealership in search of the perfect chick magnet (which, by the way, is both a GMC Hummer and Corvette)? Or maybe he was referring to Borat's subway ride in New York, where he learned the hard way that not everyone is as um, friendly as he is (as seen below).

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Safe to say, it may have been 15 years since we first met this troublemaking journalist, but the mark he left in Hollywood is timeless. From the endless acclaim his comedy earned to the beloved sequels that followed, who would've thought a mankini-wearing Kazakh could have such an impact on American culture? Clearly, all odds are off when it comes to Sacha Baron Cohen. And we can't wait to see what other tricks the funny guy has up his sleeves.