Is it okay to be disappointed by a comedy that, at the end of the day, is genuinely very funny? Expectations for this were sky-high and even though it was good, I feel they weren't meant. This was definitely a movie worth seeing, but not a timeless comedy classic. I thought Talladega Nights's send-up of Americana was, ultimately, superior just among films released in 2006. Also, I know this is sort of part of the joke, but I'm not really sure why SBC made Borat from Kazakhstan. The country being satirized seems to be a Slavic backwater -- someplace like Belarus or just rural Russia -- rather than Muslim, Turkic-speaking Kazakhstan.
Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.