Three Kustanowitzes, two website editors (Beliefnet and BangItOut), one dermatologist--as well as the entire Upper West Side--all were at the Loews 68th Street theater for Borat's opening weekend. Why the Jewish congregation? It was the first post-Shabbat showing, plus, gathering in one place makes it easier for Borat to throw us all down the well.
What's it like seeing a movie with so many Upper West Siders? Well, first of all, people greeted each other with "shavua tov," asked each other how their Shabbos was, and when coming attractions had the misfortune to include a trailer for "Apocalypto," let's just say mass giggling ensued. By the time the credit "a film by Mel Gibson" appeared, some audience members indulged in some conversation with the screen: "Go to hell, Mel!" and chants of "Moron, moron, moron..." were punctuated by one audience member's invitation that Mel should engage in one of those acts that I generally prefer not to discuss on My Urban Kvetch out of deference to my religious readers.
If the "Kazakh journalist" believes his town's "Running of the Jew" is something, he should see Simchat Torah on the Upper West Side. Or maybe go to a Matzah Ball.
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