“Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?”
“Leave the car. Take the cannolis.”
“I bet you get a free bowl of soup with a hat like that.”
Yes. There are some amazingly funny movie lines that we’ve all come to love, but is this the ONE? Is this the comedy writer’s Holy Grail?
Is the ‘prostitue’ line from Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan the funniest line ever? Hell, is the title of the movie the funniest ever?
When Borat walks in front of his meager home in what appears to be a real town, and he then wildly tongue-kisses a rather plain young woman before announcing to camera that “She is my sister. Number four prostitute in all of Kazakhstan…” the tone for what is being called the funniest movie of all time is set. The seal is broken. The laughs, of which there are many, start flowing. And they don’t stop.
(Mind you, this woman also shows the movie audience her adorable little trophy during the line, so that helps…but still.)
The line appears very early in the first act of the movie and immediately makes it clear that Borat, The Movie will be a contender of comedy movie bragging rights for a very long time.
Comedy features try and hit certain numbers of genuine laughs over the course of 90 minutes and typically the make or break point seems to be about 15 or 16 genuine laughs that make a movie ‘funny.’ Leave it to Hollywood execs to be able to pin down a number that objective.
Borat The Movie storms right through that number and never looks back. If anything, credit needs to be given the editor of the film for figuring out ways for us to not miss lines during all of the ensuing laughter. Bravo.