Borat — about those consent forms …


I saw Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan about a month before it opened, and I spent that entire month resisting the urge to give away some of the movie’s bigger surprises, and telling people little more than, “I wonder why there haven’t been any lawsuits!” Well, the movie’s been out for two weeks now, and as you may have heard, the lawsuits have begun. I don’t care to rehash all the details here, but I will say that I am grateful for the controversy, because it has led to this interesting Associated Press story on the waivers signed by Borat‘s supporting characters, and the legalities revolving around such things. It all brings back memories of the form that I had to sign, myself, minutes before I was interviewed for The Big V.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).


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