Cleolinda Jones (cleolinda) wrote,
Cleolinda Jones
cleolinda

oompah oompah oompah oompah

So we ended up going to see Borat (still no Marie Antoinette) after dinner at Zyng (Chinese/Korean/Thai, good times). I... I don't quite know what I think of Borat. We laughed pretty hard, and I was relieved to see that the Alabama Dining Society or whatever didn't come off half as badly as it could have--like, oh, say, the Traveling Assfrats of South Carolina. But I'm one of those people who experiences something very near to physical pain when I have to watch people embarrass themselves, so... yeah. The, uh, climactic fight in the hotel room? Yeah. I "watched" most of that with my hand over my eyes. Every now and then I'd peek and really, really wish I hadn't.

Speaking of which: Borat makes benefit with No. 1 debut. Wow. I did not see that coming. Apparently no one else did, either: "'This picture was playing to full houses,' said Bruce Snyder, head of distribution at 20th Century Fox. 'The planets aligned, the moons aligned, the stars aligned, and everything came together perfectly for us on this weekend.' Borat played in only 837 theaters, fewer than one-fourth the count for The Santa Clause 3 and Flushed Away. Averaging a whopping $31,511 a theater, Borat easily outdistanced The Santa Clause 3, which averaged $5,784 in 3,458 cinemas and Flushed Away, which averaged $5,152 in 3,707 theaters." To which I can add that there was a relatively huge line outside the Patton Creek Rave on a Sunday night.

(Deep irony, October 26: "British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's controversial new comedy movie has been cut from more than half the 2,000 US cinemas it was supposed to debut in this weekend over fears film fans won't get the comic's Borat character." An article the day previous: "The Times noted that industry analysts could not recall a similar action by a studio taking place just two weeks before a film's opening. Fox indicated that it hopes that by opening Borat in 800 theaters, the resulting word of mouth will propel it into a stronger position the following week when it will be expanded to 2,200 screens.")

What I want to know is, who (in the movie) knew what when? Who was in on the joke and who wasn't? SpoilersCollapse )

Also, since we were trying to figure out what movies are coming out when, here's what I looked upCollapse )


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