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64 of 74 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2009
I have to see Bruno more than once, most people probably do too. That's because Bruno is one of those rare movies where you're laughing so hard at some parts you know you're missing the next funny thing. As gay, Austrian fashionista and celebrity-wannabe Bruno, Baron Cohen continues his jaw-droppingly crass and outrageous stealth comedy antics. Purportedly, Baron Cohen has been beaten up while in character, so it only seems fair that he makes his audience laugh hard enough to hurt.

Of course the usual Baron Cohen caveat is in order: yes, its offensive, yes, its gross, yes, there is a LOT of nudity, mostly male. If any of this is not your cup of tea, that's dandy, no hard feelings. If you don't mind the occasional sight of literally bouncing balls in the name of comedy, Bruno is pure gold.

Post Borat fame has probably necessitated that more of this movie be staged, with at least some of the people (a talk show host, the driver of an oncoming car) in on the joke. But scripted or natural- its wickedly funny. And enough of it is genuine- including Bruno's interview/sex tape with Ron Paul, parents of would-be baby stars volunteering their 12-month-olds to play Nazis, ex-gay ministers, straight-rally wrestling audiences and general bystanders to Bruno's public antics.

Bruno balances the line between social commentary and comedy like a model on a catwalk. As with Borat half the humor comes from people reactings (or not) to the character's outrageous behavior, and half from the eerily apt caricature Baron Cohen creates. Fame-hound Bruno is everything narcissitic, uninformed, vain and with the all-too-common undeserved sense of entitlement that makes up the worst of American pop culture. As with Borat, Bruno learns some life-lessons and grows as a person by the end of the movie- as Baron Cohen always seems to want to better his audience, even if he has to beat them over the head with a dildo to do it.
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69 of 85 people found the following review helpful
This movie is *clearly* for those not easily offended. It is shocking and hysterical, but I don't think I could allow my parents to go see it.

Sasha Baron Cohen's latest creation, Bruno, makes his way to America to become uber-famous any way he can. And he goes through lots of different attempts on his way. Acting, interviewing celebrities, guesting on talk shows, becoming straight, he tries many methods, each with it's painfully funny result. You'll love the Paula Abdul interview, particularly.

The interactions with people are wonderful, and you will be appalled at what some parents will do to get their children into show business. Just stunning.

There are a lot of shocking/uncomfortable funny moments (be prepared for gratuitous male nudity), and I am no sure how they will hold up for repeated viewings, but in a crowded theater, it was a scream. The ending is worth the buildup, and stick around for the closing song.

I laughed so hard that my face was hurting, and my wife was crying from laughing so hard. It takes a while to recover, but soooooo worth it!

NOT for the kids.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2010
After the movie Borat in 2006 Sacha Baron Cohen returned to the big screen in 2009 with another of his characters, gay Austrian (you read that right, it's not Australian) Bruno. 19 years old Bruno is known for hosting what is said to be the most famous German speaking television show outside of Germany "Funkyzeit mit Bruno", a show about fashion and for his flamboyant style. Bruno is doing well in the world of fashion but when he gets fired, his assistant leaves him and his lover dumps him he decides to leave for America in order to become famous by any means.When he comes to America Bruno tries a talent agency to get to stare in a big Hollywood movie and become famous, he unsuccessfully tries to starts a new television show, he does an interview, interviews people and he even tries to become straight amongst other things. He will do anything to get famous and is not ashamed of it which will end up in hilarious situations . Bruno to me was really funny, there were some moments were I laughed, others were I was in shock and others in which I didn't quite know what to think which I think was Baron Cohen's goal with this movie. There is a lot of nudity and other shocking things in this movie so be aware it's not for children and not everyone will like it because of it. Bruno goes far with homosexuality and if you are not comfortable with this then Bruno may not be for you. I have no problem with it at all and therefore enjoyed the movie and thought the character was great.

You may not like what Baron Cohen does but you can't deny his ability to re-invent himself, from his Ali-G character to Borat and others and keep what he does controversial, fresh and interesting . Bruno stands on its own and is not a Borat clone, there are a few similarities but the two are very different while retaining the same style of humor Baron Cohen is known for. If you are easily offended don't watch this, it's a different kind of humor that not everyone can appreciate. When it comes to Bruno it's pretty simple you will either love it or hate it. The rating here on amazon may prove otherwise but it's because of the mix of very positive and very negative reviews, there is hardly any middle ground.
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50 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2009
I rented Bruno from NetFlix with mixed feelings. I had seen Cohen's other works, including Borat and the Ali G Show, both of which I found deceptively intelligent and political. His ability to make his characters' stupidity an incisive mirror which he holds up to society is mind-boggling. With Borat, I thought this form of comedy had reached it's highest point. I was wrong. Bruno goes further. Some are offended by the gratuitous male nudity. Deal with it. If looking at penises makes you deeply uncomfortable, you probably have issues that run deeper than Bruno. It's true that a lot of the content of the movie revolves around Cohen using his flamboyantly gay character Bruno to make conservative anti-gay types uncomfortable. This can be uncomfortable for the viewer as well, but with the ultimate pay-off of revealing America's deep-seated homophobia and questioning it.

SPOILER WARNING

The film's finale gathers a large number of red-neck cage-fight enthusiasts in an arena for an event hosted by "Straight Dave", Bruno's straight alter-ego. When they get a touching (if gratuitously gay) scene of male-male reconciliation and love, the fans go crazy with disgust. Some of the audience leave, some yell violent hate slogans, some throw drinks at Bruno and his lover. Several of the fans looks shocked and betrayed, several of them comically wearing "Straight Dave" T-shirts they'd gotten for the event. I even saw a few in the crowd who looked like they understood the point that Cohen was making. People who were suddenly more disgusted by the gross display of homophobic violence on the part of the fans than the homosexual love that was taking place within the cage.

While his methods may be questionable, I feel America is indebted to Cohen for his bravery, and that he is one of the single largest contributors to intelligent social commentary through comedy today.
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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2009
For those of you who may be "different" or gay and have been hurt, intimidated or shunned by society, you will love this fun-filled jab at your tormentors! As a gay person, I admit to a sadistic thrill out of seeing every single uncomfortable straight person in the film, and those watching it. The hillbilly's, the conservatives, the testosterone-filled and religious nuts all get a taste of their own medicine in this 'Borat-as-a-gay' fun fest.

Some of the scenarios are screamingly funny (the 'channeling Milli Vanilli' scene comes to mind) and you really have to admire the fact that Sasha Baron Cohen is a straight man creating these outlandish situations. So much of it comes off the top of his head, and he has an amazing ability to stay in character.

If you are "offended by male nudity"...then get a life! I saw that phrase SO MANY times in the reviews on here! How many times have you been asked if you were offended by "female nudity"? How many hundreds of movies have you seen with breasts (and "other parts") displayed across the big screen, larger than two-car garages? Did we gasp? Did we run home and complain about how "offensive" it was? I doubt it. Bruno has a penis and we see it, big deal! Well...it DOES have a urethra that talks...but still. He's an unconventional fella...

Why so many Sarah Palin-type Americans chose to view this film anyway, is a mystery. Bruno is UNMISTAKABLY gay on the cover, and they knew he was played by the same guy who was Borat. What were they expecting, a Liberace concert? The truth? Borat was offensive and STRAIGHT and everyone loved it. Bruno is offensive and GAY. And that, apparently, is 'not allowed.'

I say, buy this film. Play it when you're feeling down and it will guarantee you lots of laughs.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2009
quite simply, the funniest movie ever. DO NOT TAKE THE KIDS UNLESS YOU WANT TO SPEND DINNER AT MCDONALD'S EXPLAINING WHY THE ASIAN MAN HAD A CHAMPAGNE BOTTLE IN HIS BUTT.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2010
This movie shows how perverse our society is. Americans like to hide behind a righteous attitude of being the best and most civilized people on earth. Mostly this attitude comes from the religious zealots who make up the majority of our society. The people who did not like this movie should have gotten up and left but they did not. No one left during the two times I viewed it. And all of the people commenting negatively on here have not walked out either, neither from the theater or their living room.

The fact that we see former gay preachers trying to convert current gays is truly American. The fact that we see redneck southerners uncomfortable around someone who is different from them is also typical. It puts American stupidity right in our faces and that is why certain people do not like the movie. Just like his last movie we see all of our racist, sexist, and ignorant flaws right in front of us and we cannot deny the truth. On the surface this movie is funny. Deeper down we see yet another sad social experiment on our own people. And yet again we see that we may not be as just as our false personas would have us be. This country is racist, sexist and homophobic. That puts America way behind many other intelligent and progressive countries. If you need more proof than this movie, look at education statistics, job rates, standard of living and national laws of most all the other developed nations.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2010
After ten minutes into "Bruno" I was almost ready to go for the remote. I was almost convinced I knew why people were leaving this film in droves when it was in theatres. What kept me from shutting it off was the memories of the brilliant "Borat" in my memory banks. Soldiering on the film got better, in part, with brilliant bits that challenge institutional homophobia in America. The worst parts were those designed for shock value without any artistic significance. So it's a definite mixed review from me. Sacha Baron Cohen says he's retired Borat. Rethink it Sacha and return to what you do best.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 28, 2009
This movie is *clearly* for those not easily offended. It is shocking and hysterical, but I don't think I could allow my parents to go see it.

Sasha Baron Cohen's latest creation, Bruno, makes his way to America to become uber-famous any way he can. And he goes through lots of different attempts on his way. Acting, interviewing celebrities, guesting on talk shows, becoming straight, he tries many methods, each with it's painfully funny result. You'll love the Paula Abdul interview, particularly.

The interactions with people are wonderful, and you will be appalled at what some parents will do to get their children into show business. Just stunning.

There are a lot of shocking/uncomfortable funny moments (be prepared for gratuitous male nudity), and I am no sure how they will hold up for repeated viewings, but in a crowded theater, it was a scream. The ending is worth the buildup, and stick around for the closing song.

I laughed so hard that my face was hurting, and my wife was crying from laughing so hard. It takes a while to recover, but soooooo worth it!

NOT for the kids.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2009
It seems from the reviews here people either love the film (social satire, etc) or hate it (bad humor, pornographic). At least to me, these POVs are peripheral to the main character of this 'film', which is Cohen's psyche.

Cohen's gig is to bring out the foibles in 'fellow' humans so that they can be mocked. The man is basically a sociopath who makes a living using other people, shocking them and, if at all possible, degrading them. In Bruno and Borat, the man wreaked havoc across lives of dozens of ordinary people so that HE could have his 5 minutes in the sun. That, my friends, is psychopathy. Is it such a revelation that some people are racist and others homophobic? Do you feel better about yourself after watching those hapless swingers, hillbillies and Ron Paul?

Watching the film we laughed - like you did - yet all i feel now is emptiness. There seems to be a fundamental ugliness within Cohen himself, like the man has a dirty soul which soils everything it touches. We laugh, but we laugh from that dark place filled with Schadenfreude of the unlived adolescent. Cohen understands that very well and panders to it, with his hordes of lawyers and enablers. So I would not call this comedy, or 'film'. It is more of a morality play along the lines of medieval jesters, Fools Nights and saturnalia when human deviancy was allowed to touch the light of the day. Only, with Sacha, deviancy is the norm, and on the surface. Too bad for his friends. And audiences.
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