In Stephanie Zacharek's "Borat" review today -- which we admire greatly and are pillaging from mightily -- she makes the point: "In the end, 'Borat' may say more about the openness and good intentions of the American character than it does about our closed-mindedness and willful ignorance." She's right (we slipped into an advance screening, too) and think these two gripping scenes, which didn't make it into the film, make that point. Neither of these two people earn points for being on the ball (and many Jews may not enjoy hearing her say that they are Jesus's children), but their initial instincts are to be helpful.
Like this very nice, patient man in a supermarket:
How this dog-defender never made it into the final movie, we'll just never understand:
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