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Brüno (2009)

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  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 10 July 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 81 min | Philippines:75 min
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  • IMDb page: Brüno (2009)
  • Rate: 6.1/10 total 70,662 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 10 July 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 81 min | Philippines:75 min
  • Filming Location: Amman, Jordan
  • Budget: $42,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $59,992,760(USA)(16 August 2009)
  • Director: Larry Charles
  • Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten and Clifford Bañagale
  • Original Music By: Erran Baron Cohen   
  • Soundtrack: Back in Black
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Fashion | Austrian | Fame | Gay | Spin Off

Writing Credits By:

  • Sacha Baron Cohen (screenplay) &
  • Anthony Hines (screenplay) &
  • Dan Mazer (screenplay) &
  • Jeff Schaffer (screenplay)
  • Sacha Baron Cohen (story) &
  • Peter Baynham (story) &
  • Anthony Hines (story) &
  • Dan Mazer (story)
  • Sacha Baron Cohen (character)

Known Trivia

  • In October 2006, entertainment blog website Defamer.com jokingly reported the title would be “Bruno: Delicious Journeys Through America for the Purpose of Making Heterosexual Males Visibly Uncomfortable in the Presence of a Gay Foreigner in a Mesh T-Shirt”. Numerous websites around the world – including IMDb – reported this to be the actual working title.
  • Originally got a NC-17 rating from the MPAA, but after Sacha Baron Cohen re-edited it it received an R.
  • Sacha Baron Cohen worked out, shaved all of his body hair and got his hair done in order to be Bruno.
  • An interview with La Toya Jackson was hastily cut from the theatrical release due after the unexpected death of Michael Jackson at age 50. The segment, seen among the DVD’s deleted scenes, contains a joke which refers to Michael as someone Bruno wants to meet with, rendering the line anachronistic with Michael’s death.
  • The sequence where Bruno enrolled at the Alabama National Guard, filmed at the Alabama Military Academy in Fort McClellan, Anniston, went undetected until a young cadet who recognized him from Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, notified elder officers who were unfamiliar with the actor.
  • Logo gimmick: The “U” in Universal grows an umlaut (Ü), mimicking the film’s title.
  • Had the highest opening-weekend gross for a film with an openly gay character in the lead role with $30.6 million. (The previous record-holder was The Birdcage, with $18.3 million).
  • Ayman Abu Aita has filed a lawsuit against Sacha Baron Cohen for falsely depicting him as a terrorist and lying about the interview. Aita previously served in Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, a Palestinian terrorist group and spent two years in an Israeli prison for shooting Israeli soldiers. At the time of filming, Aita was a representative of Fatah which is not considered a terrorist group. David Letterman and Larry Charles are also named as defendants in the suit. Baron Cohen has claimed that he has received death threats from Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade.
  • Sacha Baron Cohen and his crew reportedly illegally accessed a fashion show in Milan using fake IDs. After he entered the stage, the lights were dimmed and Baron Cohen was escorted out of the fashion show by security.
  • The autism segment after the opening credits is a reference to Sacha Baron Cohen’s cousin Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen who is famous for his theories on autism.

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: Bruno is an anti-Semitic "Aryan" from Austria, yet in his nude commercial he is circumcised, as he is played by the ultra-Jewish

Plot: Flamboyant Austrian fashionista Brüno takes his show to America. Full summary »  »

Story: Brüno is a gay Austrian fashion guru. He has his own fashion based television show, Funkyzeit, the most popular German-language show of its kind outside of Germany. After he disgraces himself in front of his Funkyzeit fan base, he is ruined in German speaking Europe. He decides that in his quest for worldwide fame, he will move to Los Angeles and reinvent himself. Accompanying him to the US is Lutz, his former assistant's assistant. Lutz is the only person left in his circle that still believes in Brüno's greatness. Brüno goes through one reinvention of himself after another, ultimately straying to areas far removed from his own self. Perhaps when Brüno finds an activity that he truly does love, he will also find that über-fame he so desperately desires.Written by Huggo  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Jason Alper known as associate producer
  • Sacha Baron Cohen known as producer
  • Peter Baynham known as associate producer
  • Jonah Hill known as associate producer
  • Anthony Hines known as executive producer
  • Monica Levinson known as producer
  • Dan Mazer known as producer
  • Jon Poll known as co-producer
  • Jay Roach known as producer
  • Jeff Schaffer known as associate producer
  • Todd Schulman known as co-producer
  • Dale Stern known as associate producer
  • Asif Satchu known as executive producer (uncredited)
  • Modi Wiczyk known as executive producer (uncredited)

FullCast & Crew:

  • Sacha Baron Cohen known as Brüno
  • Gustaf Hammarsten known as Lutz
  • Clifford Bañagale known as Diesel
  • Chibundu Orukwowu known as O.J.
  • Chigozie Orukwowu known as O.J.
  • Josh Meyers known as Kookus
  • Toby Hoguin known as Mexican Gardener #1
  • Robert Huerta known as Mexican Gardener #2
  • Gilbert Rosales known as Mexican Gardener #3
  • Thomas Rosales Jr. known as Mexican Gardener #4
  • Marco Xavier known as Mexican Gardener #5
  • Bono known as Himself – 'Dove of Peace'
  • Chris Martin known as Himself – 'Dove of Peace'
  • Elton John known as Himself – 'Dove of Peace'
  • Slash known as Himself – 'Dove of Peace'
  • Snoop Dogg known as Himself – 'Dove of Peace'
  • Sting known as Himself – 'Dove of Peace'
  • Paula Abdul known as Herself
  • Ayman Abu Aita known as Himself – Terrorist Group Leader, Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade
  • Adnan Al-Husseini known as Himself – Palestinian Governor, Jerusalem
  • Yossi Alpher known as Himself – Ex-Mossad Chief
  • Ronald Beams known as Himself – Minister
  • Richard Bey known as Himself
  • Denny Bond known as Himself
  • Paul Cameron known as Himself – Second Stage Gay Converter (as Dr. Paul Cameron)
  • Nicole DeFosset known as Herself
  • Suzanne DeFosset known as Herself
  • Brittny Gastineau known as Herself
  • Heather Hahn known as Herself
  • Gassin Khatib known as Himself – Former Palastinian Minister (as Ghassan Khatib)
  • Kunal Nayyar known as Himself (as Kunal Nayyer)
  • Ron Paul known as Himself
  • Avraham Sela known as Himself – Professor, Hebrew University
  • Danny Shirley known as Himself – Martial Arts Master
  • Jody Trautwein known as Himself – Gay Converter (as Pastor Jody Trautwein)
  • Gary Williams known as Himself
  • Domiziano Arcangeli known as Fashion Show Director in Milan (uncredited)
  • Jeff Ballard known as Publicist (uncredited)
  • Harrison Ford known as Himself (uncredited)
  • John Grant Gordon known as German Male Model (uncredited)
  • David Hill known as Reporter (uncredited)
  • Hugh B. Holub known as Focus Group Curmudgeon (uncredited)
  • Todd Christian Hunter known as Man in Hotel Room (uncredited)
  • Michelle McLaren known as Dominatrix (uncredited)
  • Miguel Sandoval known as Himself / D.A. Manuel Devalos (uncredited)
  • Sandra Seeling known as Inga (uncredited)
  • Stephen Sepher known as Photographer (uncredited)
  • Alexander von Roon known as German Reporter (uncredited)
  • Gabby West known as German (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Helen Kalognomos known as assistant makeup artist
  • Erwin H. Kupitz known as wig maker
  • Matthew W. Mungle known as facial hair consultant

Art Department:

  • Chris Buchinsky known as conceptual illustrator
  • Chris Buchinsky known as storyboard artist
  • Skip Crank known as property master: Washington DC/Los Angeles
  • Oliver Dear known as conceptual artist
  • Oliver Dear known as graphic designer
  • Marjorie Eber known as art department coordinator
  • J. Michael Glynn known as property master
  • Randy Hearne known as carpenter
  • Anson Jew known as concept art
  • Douglas R. Johnson known as set painter
  • John Paul 'J.P.' Jones known as property master
  • Bianca Makarewicz known as art department runner
  • Frank Noack known as set dresser
  • Ghassan Salti known as assistant art director
  • Alba Siles known as props buyer (italy unit )
  • Alex Thompson known as lead paint
  • Eric Whitney known as construction coordinator

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Universal Pictures (presents)
  • Media Rights Capital (presents)
  • Four by Two
  • Everyman Pictures
  • Four by Two Films

Other Companies:

  • 424  sound re-recording
  • ATP Productions  production services: Middle East
  • Abel Cine Tech  high-definition cameras and lenses
  • Buster Design  world maps
  • Cineroma Productions  production services: Milan
  • Dennis Davidson & Associates Public Releations (DDA)  international publicity consultants
  • Dilated Pixels  main title design
  • Eisner & Frank  production legal
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Gallagher Entertainment  insurance
  • Getty Images  footage and stills courtesy of
  • Intelligent Media  international monitoring agency
  • Mancini International  security consultant
  • Mediastronautes, Les  production services: Paris
  • Modern VideoFilm  dailies
  • Modern VideoFilm  digital intermediate
  • Orbit Digital  Avids supplied and supported by
  • SDD Global Solutions  legal services
  • ShowBiz Studios  studio
  • SmithDehn  production and claims counsel
  • Strommen Tutoring  speech and dialect coaching
  • Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures  production services: Berlin
  • Technicolor  release printing
  • Warner Bros. Eastwood Scoring Stage  score recorded at (as Eastwood Scoring Stage)
  • Widget Post Production  adr recorded at

Distributors:

  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2009) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Audio Visual Enterprises (2009) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Avex Entertainment (2010) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Cathay-Keris Films (2009) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Columbia TriStar Warner Filmes de Portugal (2009) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • Hakuhodo DY Media Partners (2010) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Klock Worx Company, The (2010) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Long Shong Entertainment Multimedia Company (2009) (Taiwan) (theatrical)
  • Nordisk Film Theatrical Distribution (2009) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Nordisk Film (2009) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2009) (France) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2009) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2009) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2009) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Viva International Pictures (2009) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2009) (Switzerland) (DVD)
  • Nordisk Film (2009) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Panorama Distributions (2009) (Hong Kong) (DVD)
  • Panorama Distributions (2009) (Hong Kong) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Greece) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2009) (Argentina) (all media)
  • Universal Home Entertainment (2009) (UK) (DVD)
  • Universal Home Entertainment (2009) (UK) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Universal Pictures Benelux (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Universal Pictures Benelux (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Universal Pictures (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Universal Pictures (2009) (Germany) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Level 256 (visual effects)
  • Modern VideoFilm

Visual Effects by:

  • Kyle Absten known as compositor: Level 256 (as Kyle E. Absten)
  • David Carriker known as visual effects supervisor: Modern VideoFilm
  • Chris Chappell known as lead compositor: Level 256
  • Antonio Cicarelli known as designer
  • Scott M. Davids known as visual effects supervisor: Level 256
  • Miles DeLong known as visual effects coordinator: Modern Videofilm
  • Mark Intravartolo known as Inferno artist
  • Jalal Jemison known as compositor
  • Adam Lima known as compositor: Level 256
  • Eroc Moralls known as Inferno artist: Modern VideoFilm
  • David Polcino known as compositor: Level 256
  • David B. Wilson known as compositor: Level 256

Release Date:

  • USA 25 June 2009 (Hollywood, California) (premiere)
  • France 6 July 2009 (Paris Cinéma)
  • Australia 8 July 2009
  • Belgium 8 July 2009
  • Iceland 8 July 2009
  • Croatia 9 July 2009
  • Germany 9 July 2009
  • Greece 9 July 2009
  • Hungary 9 July 2009
  • Israel 9 July 2009
  • Netherlands 9 July 2009
  • New Zealand 9 July 2009
  • Portugal 9 July 2009
  • Switzerland 9 July 2009 (German speaking region)
  • Austria 10 July 2009
  • Canada 10 July 2009
  • Denmark 10 July 2009
  • Estonia 10 July 2009
  • Finland 10 July 2009
  • Ireland 10 July 2009
  • Norway 10 July 2009
  • Poland 10 July 2009
  • Spain 10 July 2009
  • Sweden 10 July 2009
  • UK 10 July 2009
  • USA 10 July 2009
  • Bulgaria 17 July 2009
  • Latvia 17 July 2009
  • France 22 July 2009
  • Switzerland 22 July 2009 (French speaking region)
  • Kazakhstan 23 July 2009
  • Russia 23 July 2009
  • Ukraine 23 July 2009
  • Lithuania 24 July 2009
  • Thailand 30 July 2009
  • Czech Republic 6 August 2009
  • Slovakia 6 August 2009
  • Taiwan 7 August 2009
  • Brazil 14 August 2009
  • Turkey 14 August 2009
  • Singapore 20 August 2009
  • Philippines 2 September 2009
  • Hong Kong 10 September 2009
  • Italy 23 October 2009
  • Peru 5 November 2009
  • Mexico 6 November 2009
  • Argentina 2 December 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 20 March 2010

MPAA: Rated R for pervasive strong and crude sexual content, graphic nudity and language

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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  1. chicandcheerful from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 7:26 am

    I was lucky enough to win tickets to the premiere and spent the entiremovie alternating between HUGE belly laughs and covering my eyes indisbelief. If you didn't like Borat, you are unlikely to enjoy this oneeither as there is a lot of nudity (including one memorable shot of atalking…. body part), profanity and taking the mickey out of: a)rednecks b) fashionistas c) F-list celebrities (and a few A-listerstoo; remember, children are not an accessory. Unless they're cute. Ormatch your outfit.) d) terrorists (yes, really, don't know how Sashagot out of that one alive)

    I loved the movie and although some of the scenes worked better thanothers, for sheer inventiveness, audacity and brilliant ad-lib comedy,Baron Cohen remains at the top of his game.

  2. rogue_eagle from New Zealand
    30 Mar 2012, 7:26 am

    I expected there to be a high level of gay and crude sexual jokes inthis latest Sacha Baron Cohen adventure. Then the movie took it 2 stepsfurther than anything I had prepared myself for.

    The result; a lot of uneasy moments, a lot of uncontrollable laughing,and some putting my hands over my face in disbelief or disgust. Thehumour in the film is clearly that of in-your-face slapstick, howevergiven the extremes the film goes to, it's all relatively entertaining.Like Borat, all of the genuine laughs are in everyday peoplesreactions, rather than the poorly structured story or scripted scenes.

    That said, it was a challenge of how much one could handle, and Iwouldn't have minded if they had left out a particular full frontalshot of the male anatomy spinning around (an image that will stay withme for some time and probably haunt my dreams). It's not a movie Icould really get 'comfortable' with watching, seeing all hell unravelin a variety of situations one after another with very little in theway of breaks, but time did go by relatively quickly, which helps giventhe intensity of the scenes.

    It's not a film for the faint of heart, and definitely has morepotential to offend than Borat ever did, though for the more openminded among us who aren't so easily offended, you may find someenjoyment in this film. Humanities finest moments certainly aren't ondisplay here. Go see it with a few mates or drinking buddies and havefun, though you may exit the cinema a little more disturbed than whenyou went in.

  3. RussianPaul from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:26 am

    I just saw it and I was a bit let down. I am gay, I love Cohen, and wasready to laugh. But the problem was he didn't expose anyunder-the-surface bigotry like he did in Borat. He overdid his"gayness" to such a violent extreme that he forced reactions out ofpeople, some of whom are probably plenty openminded. You ended feelingsorry for these people.

    Especially Ron Paul, who out of all the politicians Cohen could havechosen, deserved it the least. He's no champion of gay rights, but heis certainly not an enemy either and he reacted like any normal personwould in that nightmarish situation. There were also some genuinebigots in the film, but Cohen goes to such an extreme to provoke them,by the time it gets to that point, who cares?

    There were funny moments, of course, Cohen is a funny man, but thismovie lacks the bite Borat had. This was just an exercise in bad taste(which is fine, if that's what you're looking for).

  4. nosiesnetnieuws from Maastricht, Netherlands
    30 Mar 2012, 7:26 am

    Brüno is a gay Austrian fashion reporter impersonated by the man thatnotoriously starred as Borat in… Borat.

    (For those that have seen Borat: you probably know what to expect. Ifyou did not like Borat for the painfully explicit content, stay awayfrom Brüno. If you almost died of laughter during a certain hotel scenein Borat, go see Brüno immediately and prepare for almost certaindeath.)

    Obviously, having made Borat, the producers of Brüno had a hard time torepeat the surprise effect. It should therefore not come as a surprisethat the movie contains substantially less confrontations between themain character and innocent (famous) bystanders. Still, confrontationswith a number of people, among which a few famous ones, seem sincere,and work on multiple levels, as in Borat. Others are clearly scripted,but not less funny for that (watch the ending credits for an example).

    In general, compared to Borat, Brüno focuses more on a) effectivelyshocking it's viewers with the (sexual) misconduct of the maincharacter and b) stunts of this main character in front of a largeaudience. Essentially, this time the shock effect is moved from the'random' people that appear in the movie, to the audience looking atthe movie.

    For many, it will definitely be more shocking than Borat, given theshamelessly explicit content that exploits every possibility for jokesconcerning men making out. For others, the never-ending provoked racismof Borat will have a longer-lasting impact.

    All I know is that I laughed a lot during this movie. It will onceagain lead to lots of controversy and imitation at thousands ofworkplaces around the globe. Maybe it is therefore best if you knowwhat it is about.

    But be warned. If you are easily offended, you will be offended.Majorly.

  5. demeyer-1 from London, UK
    30 Mar 2012, 7:26 am

    I watched the trailers and thought they were incredibly funny. Butpacked into those few minutes you will find all the best scenes fromthe film, and there's very little worth watching in the remainder.

    So yes, the film is shocking and pushes the boundaries (again) quite abit further. And yes, it ridicules our society's obsession withcelebrity status. But that in itself isn't enough to make it a goodfilm. Bad acting and a terrible story line remain bad acting and aterrible storyline, even if it has been done on purpose (of which I amnot even certain). In any case, it gives the film the doubtfulqualities of a cheap 70s porn film.

    So what about the humour? Baron-Cohen has always looked for comedy inbreaking the boundaries of social convention, and with Ali G and Boratthat was often to great comic effect. But not so much in Bruno: cheapshock effect and trying to heap even more embarrassment on his victimsappear to have been the main recipes of the film. It doesn't even workanymore: he's now so ridiculous that everyone storms out within thefirst minute. Porn scenes with a pygmy flight attendant, overacteddancing, a swinging penis (didn't we see that in EuroTrash yeeeearsago?), lowering your trousers in front of a US presidentialcandidate… it may be funny to some, to me it just stinks.

    By the time it came to scenes that *could* have been funny (like theday-time television talk show) – I had properly tuned out, and much ofits potential fun was lost on me.

    My advice: watch the trailers, laugh your head off, then just be happywith the idea of a brilliant film that could have been, but wasn'tmade. If you do go, be prepared for disappointment, lots of cringingand the hohoho-type nervous laughter of embarrassment.

  6. Kristine (kristinedrama14@msn.com) from Chicago, Illinois
    30 Mar 2012, 7:26 am

    Now I want to get one thing straight, I really wanted to love thismovie, Sacha Baron Cohen is a consistently funny and shocking comedianthat takes the most absurd characters putting them into situations thatnot only make people uncomfortable but react in a way that makes youlaugh so hard that it makes your stomach hurt. After seeing the trailerfor Brüno, I don't think I even need to say this, everyone wanted tosee where Sacha would go after Borat and Brüno looked like anincredibly funny movie. I consider myself a liberal person, I don'tmind the "shock" humor of today, but my problem with this movie is thatit's hurting more than harmless humor. I have a few homosexual friendswho are struggling to be taken seriously in life and this movie ishonestly setting them back. My thing is that if Sacha had a message inthe film vs. just mocking not just a country but other people, the filmwould have worked a lot better.

    Gay Austrian fashion reporter Brüno is fired from his show afterdisrupting a catwalk show during Fashion week. Accompanied by hisassistant's assistant Lutz, he travels to the United States to become asuperstar. After a pilot of a celebrity interview show bombs with atest audience, he attempts to become famous via various other methods.In an attempt to create a sex tape, he arranges an interview with RonPaul, and while the two wait for a staged technical problem to befixed, Brüno starts hitting on Paul. He consults PR consultants toselect a world problem he can tackle to maximize his fame with aminimum of effort. He flies to Jerusalem where he interviews formerMossad agent Yossi Alpher and Palestinian politician Ghassan Khatib inwhich Brüno asks silly questions and gets kicked out of the country. Ona TV talk show hosted by Richard Bey, he shows the African Americanaudience a Black baby named O.J., whom he acquired in Africa byswapping him for an iPod. The audience is appalled. Social Servicestake the boy away from Brüno, driving him into severe depression. Afterrealizing that the biggest names in Hollywood are straight, Brünoconsults two Christian gay converters to become heterosexual.

    Brüno is Borat with a different character, it seems like Sacha is justrelying on shock over actual humor now. Although I'm actually curiouswhat the unrated DVD is going to look like because this might as wellhave been a porno. For God's sake they have a scene that Brüno goes toa swinger's party and there is just full frontal, back, side,everything you can imagine in a porno is in this scene. Not to mentionthere's a sex scene in the beginning with Brüno and his boyfriend thatis just plain disturbing that involves a bike connected to a dildo thatpleasures Brüno while his boyfriend exercises and it's a bit much formost to handle. Then Brüno speaks to a "gay converter" to becomestraight that was just over the top offensive not just from Brüno'slines but also the leader of this group who clearly is hiding behindGod's skirt. Now if this is your kind of humor, honestly, I'm not sureif I'd want to know you because this is the humor that is more stupidand hurts people vs. just having fun. I wouldn't really recommend forpeople to run out and watch this trash, I hate to say it, Brüno was toooffensive and that's saying a lot from me considering that I thoughtBorat was hilarious.

    2/10

  7. marcosaguado from Los Angeles, USA
    30 Mar 2012, 7:26 am

    I laughed until it ached. I was exhausted after the 80 odd minutes wereover but didn't stay with me the way that Borat did. Borat wasunquestionably fresher – if you can call it that – the horriblesurprise was a one off situation. Bruno is a priceless creation butsomehow the pranks are already part of the audience's expectation. Atalking penis or Ron Paul trapped in a sex film are things we're notabout to see anywhere else anytime soon and that's were the power ofthis new Sacha Baron Cohen shocking, hilarious opus resides. He is anirresistible, shameless, fearless genius. He knows exactly where thecorpses are buried and he digs them up in the most unexpected way. Thecharity girls, the army guys, Paula Abdul sitting on a Mexican worker.Awful and very funny, very funny indeed.

  8. Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.
    30 Mar 2012, 7:26 am

    Satire has been defined as stretching a position to its logicalconclusion in order to expose its absurdity, for example, JonathanSwift suggesting that the starving Irish should show initiative byfattening up their children and selling them to well-to-do families asfood. The brilliant satirist Sacha Baron Cohen in Larry Charles' Brunotakes the story of a Gay Austrian fashionista seeking to become acelebrity in the U.S. and stretches it to its logical conclusion andthen extends it – way beyond. It is often hard to tell if the film isan exposé of the debasement of our culture or just another of exampleof it.

    In the film, a sequel to the 2006 mega-hit Borat, Bruno comes to LosAngles to become host of his own A-List Celebrity Max Out after beingfired from his job as a TV host of the Austrian show Funkyzeit andbeing "schwartz-listed". Needless to say, it maxes out after the firstviewing thanks to an abortive interview with Paula Abdul and HarrisonFord. Not letting a temporary setback stand in his way, Bruno hires anassistant named Lutz (Gustaf Hammarsten), and travels far and wide inan elusive search for the American Dream known as fame and fortune. Inhis stunts and misadventures (mostly in the South and Southwest), heexposes the raw prejudices that exist against gays and the sickeningcult of celebrity that grips us as a nation.

    The funniest scenes are at a swinger's party, on a Dallas talk show, ata gay "deprogramming" session, during a visit to a psychic where Brunomimes oral sex, and the spectacle of a drunken crowd stirred up by"scared straight" Bruno bashing gays in a fight-club arena. Seeking tobecome recognized world wide, Bruno travels to the Middle East to tryand bring the Arabs and the Israeli's together but confuses Hamas withHummus and the only thing they can agree on is that it is good withpita bread. In another sequence, he goes to Africa to swap his iPod fora little black child named OJ which he uses to crash American talkshows. Baron Cohen, who wrote the script with Anthony Hines, Dan Mazerand Jeff Schaffer saves his heavy artillery for narrow mindedness ofevery stripe.

    The film ridicules all it comes in contact with, sparing nothing andnobody – from exhibitionist gays to up-tight straights, to families whowill starve their children for a modeling gig. Some sequences hit theirtargets, others do not. If you are looking for good taste, you will notfind it here. While satire in film is not supposed to be a comfortableexperience and is supposed to make you squirm and even at times hideyour eyes, it is not supposed to make you want to walk out.

    Bruno travels a thin line between what's merely outlandish and what isrevolting and its in your face shamelessness comes awfully close todefeating its own purpose. The fact that the Cambridge-educated Cohenis ultimately able to pull it off, however, and make it entertaining isa tribute to his courage and originality. While Bruno can be shockingand very disturbing, it is also a mirror for us to look at ourselves.Like the est training of the 1970s that was often confrontational, wemay not like what we see but we can use it to grow from the experience.

  9. chucknorrisfacts
    30 Mar 2012, 7:26 am

    In 2006, I went to see a movie called "Borat" and found myselfcompletely caught off guard for the hilarity that ensued. I thought itwas easily one of the funniest movies I had ever seen, and I stillthink that.

    However, it left high expectations for whatever Sacha Baron Cohen woulddo next. When I first learned of the premise of "Bruno" I thought theconcept was likely to be very humorous, but I was surprised when itwasn't.

    Amongst theatergoers (myself included) there was only scattered,uncomfortable laughter. Not like "Borat", where the audience waspractically in stitches the whole time.

    The plot was pretty thin. In fact, I'd say they just threw somethingtogether to hang the "gags" on. I was left supremely disappointed, andwon't be recommending "Bruno" to anyone.

    Skip it!

  10. TheManFrom_A_L_I_A_S from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:26 am

    A great character actor's mettle is generally tested by how well hemanages to make a character convincing while distancing one particularrole from his others while still making that character a reflection ofhis own beliefs in some way, and in the former category, Sacha BaronCohen succeeds. Unfortunately however, he also translates too many ofhis own flaws to the screen, here he does exactly what his characterdoes, he continues, and frequently falls flat, in trying to get a riseout of the public.

    The story is simple; Flamboyantly gay Austrian fashionista Bruno andhis adoring, but long-suffering sidekick Lutz attempt to becomecelebrities after becoming blackballed in their own country fordisrupting a fashion show with a Velcro suit(One of the film's mostbroadly played, but best gags).

    It seems apparent what he is trying to accomplish; he wants to expose,once more, the stupidity and ignorance of Americans; in this case,homophobes, a noble cause, yet, whereas in 'Borat' he was able to crafta likable character who, for all his flaws, was mainly misunderstood,here, he has crafted a character who comes off as quite obnoxious andunlikeable. The problem does not stem from the ludicrously over-the-topgay jokes(particularly Bruno's idea of a 'normal' night with his firstboyfriend), but from sequences where Bruno establishes himself aslittle better than the public he is trying to captivate. He is quiteannoying, obnoxious, loses underdog status since he is rich and triesto force himself to be accepted in a way which just makes him seemnasty and ruthless rather than the lovable loser Cohen wanted us to seehim as.

    That said, Cohen does manage to get in several good sequences,particularly when Bruno attempts to suck up to a black talk showaudience who behave just as pigheaded and intolerant as white audiencesare generally portrayed in movies, it's a daringly in-poor-tastesequence, and it establishes that all kinds of people can be stupid andintolerant, but it falls flat since Bruno's actions in this sequencewith an adopted baby really ARE something no sane person would allow togo on. It's still pretty funny, though. The sequences where Brunoattempts to 'become straight', which ultimately culminate in himre-inventing himself as a mulletted redneck 'hero' who hosts awrestling show are also excellently staged, in fact the high point ofthe film, with the ending being so accurate in it's depiction of thekind of people who go for such things it's scary. Bruno's lame attemptsat singing are also amusing. There's also a scene where Bruno attemptsto sell his talk show to television execs featuring an intro andbreak-time sequence in the show that must be seen to be believed(Hint:Those fools offended by the nudity in 'Watchmen' haven't seen anythingcompared to this.).

    Despite this, much of the film is a mixed bag, ranging from severalexcellent sequences like those mentioned, to just disjointed andstupid. It's never made clear, either, whether or not the scenes aretaking place in real-time in a documentary Bruno is making, or arere-enactments, or if this is just a movie being told in sequence, whichmakes several scenes inexplicable(Why would a camera crew follow himaround when he ends up homeless? And how does he then afford to sendhimself to various anti-gay programs?), and if it is just being told inflashback, why the on-camera credits for people he encounters? The endresult just feels like a series of hit-and-miss skits hung togetherpoorly.

    Still, when he tries hard, he really does score some good jokes, so fordie-hard Cohen fans, I recommend it. And it's easily the best comedy of2009 so far, And for all the flaws, I can't help shake the feeling thatthis will end up a cult movie in the future.

    Oh yeah, and keep kids from seeing this at all costs, some obnoxiouskids yapped all through the movie at my theater and spoiled some scenesI may have liked.

    And it's STILL better than 'Disaster Movie'.~

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