Judge Sides With Borat

     September 10, 2008

Written by Nicole Pedersen

Another in the LONG line of lawsuits resulting from the pseudo-documentary “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America to Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” was dismissed this week.

According to the Associated Press, a New York City judge has tossed out the suits brought against comedian Sascha Baron Cohen and 20th Century Fox by three of the films “participants.” The plaintiffs include two of Borat’s Southern etiquette instructors and the Baltimore teacher who gave the hapless journalist driving lessons. All three, the judge noted, had agreed to participate in a “documentary-style” film and had accepted money and signed waivers – releasing the film’s producers from liability.

This is at least the fourth similar case to be dismissed since “Borat” began to make serious money back in 2006. The residents of a town in Romania (depicted as Kazakhstan in the film) were rebuffed by a US judge who said that their angst over being portrayed as incestuous imbeciles was “too vague.” The fraternity boys from South Carolina saw their suits dismissed in February 2007.

Now that they’ve got the driving instructor and the etiquette ladies out of the way, Baron Cohen and the “Borat” folks only have to deal with the dude from the subway who wants 2 million dollars for his unlicensed image and like, all of the people in that rodeo scene – man, they looked like assholes.

Here’s hoping they can get the rest of the pending cases dismissed by the time “Bruno” comes out – I can only write so many more of these lawsuit stories.

Around The Web

Latest News

This Star Wars Video Game Costs $100,000

No need to put your money towards a good cause. Buy a stupidly expensive video game instead.

Watch: BARELY LETHAL’s Hailee Steinfeld and Sophie Turner Play “Save or Kill”

Which would you save? ‘Star Wars’ or ‘Star Trek’? Han Solo or Indiana Jones? ‘Game of Thrones’ or ‘Breaking Bad’? Watch as Hailee Steinfeld and Sophie Turner are forced to choose.


We need more movies like Brad Bird's ode to optimism.

IT Remake Not Dead Yet; Moving Back To Warner Bros.

The Stephen King adaptation is moving back to its original studio and original setting, but not with Cary Fukunaga.

WONDER WOMAN: Chris Pine in Talks to Play Love Interest Steve Trevor

Gal Gadot starts in the upcoming superhero film.

Jason Reitman to Write and Direct BEEKLE for DreamWorks Animation

After a string of box office misfires, DreamWorks Animation and the 'Juno' filmmaker will join forces in what looks to be a new creative direction.

TRANSFORMERS Prequel in the Works; Michael Bay Returning for T5?

The next 'Transformers' movie could be yet another sequel directed by Bay.

Filming Begins on Doug Liman’s MENA, Starring Tom Cruise; Full Cast Revealed

Jesse Plemons, Caleb Landry Jones, and more join the 'Edge of Tomorrow' reunion pic.

DOCTOR STRANGE: Tilda Swinton in Talks to Play the Ancient One

While they're at it, Marvel should probably just let Swinton play *all* the roles in 'Doctor Strange'.

COP CAR Trailer: Don’t Mess with Creepy Kevin Bacon

Two young boys take Kevin Bacon's cop car out for a joy ride, then soon realize it was a very, very bad idea.

Page 1 of 3,96712345...102030...Last »