Friday, September 26, 2008

Update: Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, Ali G) is Still a Douchebag

Sacha Baron Cohen has exactly one trick, the same one employed by Tom Green and Andy Dick before they faded into merciful obscurity. He's more of a performance artist than a comedian, and his movies and television stand more as documentaries than actual comedies. Despite the loose narrative framework, barging into some public place and acting like an oblivious ass both onscreen and offscreen isn't finely-honed comedy. It's just painful. Granted, "painful" is often very funny. When Borat reveals the prejudices of others he can be quite funny (and that clip of him singing in a country bar is funny. Very funny). But stumbling around, breaking things and telling the same jokes ad nauseum. . .

Bottom line: if this is going to be his shtick until the end of time I'd rather watch him cut hair in a Sweeney Todd prequel than sit through one of his movies.

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