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Oscar® nominee and Golden Globe® winner Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, Da Ali G Show and Talladega Nights) brings you the comedy that has started more conversations, generated more controversy and dared to go further than ever before! As brüno travels the world in search of fame, everyone he encounters — celebrities, politicians, Hasidic Jews, terrorists and cage fighters — becomes a stepping-stone to stardom, with hilarious results! So prepare yourself for nonstop laughs in the film Peter Travers of Rolling Stone says should be “Numero uno on your funny-time list!”
The brilliant British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen dips into his stable of pre-existing characters and comes up with a big-screen vehicle for Brüno, a gay Austrian fashionista. Brüno is blond, fame-hungry, and prone to wearing unexpected combinations of lederhosen and hot pants. But it's his runway disaster with an all-Velcro suit that gets him barred from the Milan fashion scene and leads to the cancellation of his TV show. ("For the second time in a century, Austria had turned on its most famous man," he complains.) Clearly, he needs to go to America and share his philosophy--or at least become a celebrity in whatever way possible. Brüno rolls out in a fashion similar to Borat, a combination of a scripted through-line interspersed with scenes of Baron Cohen improvising with people who don't realize they're being set up, Candid Camera-style. About half the time, this reaps some healthy laughs: a sequence with Brüno sitting down for a conversation with a "de-programmer" who claims to cure people of their homosexuality is on-topic, and there's a wild series of interviews with parents so desperate to get their kiddies into showbiz they'll agree to all manner of dangerous and irresponsible childcare. A lot of the humor isn't about Brüno's gayness at all; Baron Cohen is at his best when displaying freakish comic bravery (sitting across from a terrorist, he advises that "Your King Osama looks like a dirty wizard"). But the other half of Brüno simply misses the movie's best targets--homophobia and celebrity culture--by miscalculating the nature of ambush comedy. When Baron Cohen gets former Presidential candidate Ron Paul in a hotel room and begins to undress, Paul isn't showing bigotry by storming out (except in his language); he's understandably reacting to obnoxious behavior in a supposedly professional situation. Too many set-ups fall short of the mother-lode pay dirt that Borat so frequently hit, leaving this a distinctly lesser item in the Baron Cohen portfolio. --Robert Horton
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It's so hilarious! My favorite part is the military part. The military is very serious, and Bruno is not. So funny!
I love it more than Borat, and I find Borat to be hilarious as well!
Bruno is now one of my favorite comedies.
Sacha Baron Cohen did a great job, well done.
The psychic / milli Vanilli 'make-out' part is a so funny, but maybe a tad bit long. I just can't believe the guy sat there the whole time and wanted until Bruno was finished.
Paula Abdul looked gorgeous.
Harrison Ford was funny and my favorite male actor of all time! Go Indy.
Comparing Bruno to Borat is like the over-cliched comparison of apples to oranges; they are similar films only in that both Cohen plays the title role and goes out of his way to make audiences laugh so hard that it actually hurts. He perfects this art in Bruno, a movie that has so many shock moments, instances of sexual depravity and nudity, and homosexual sequences that its R rating can easily be called into question. However, Cohen makes these situations so hilariously overdone that even those adverse to watching movies like this can't help but at least chuckle at how much the envelope is pushed in the film's short 83 minutes. Bruno contains all the snippets that made Borat an instant classic, with one exception: an emotive and empathetic storyline. Whereas with Borat I at times could almost feel sorry for the struggling Kazakh reporter, in Bruno I found myself wanting the Austrian fashionista to get into situations that no other characters would dare tread.
Bruno's plot, in short, portrays titular character Bruno (possibly the most flamboyantly homosexual character ever created), who early on in the movie is fired from his fashion reporting job. The entire focus of the movie from that point on is following Bruno's attempted ascendance to celebrity status. He creates a TV pilot containing more visual references to male nudity than most pornographic films. He adopts an African baby. He joins the military. He's taught how to disarm someone who chooses to fight with a sex toy instead of more contemporary weapons. He joins a swingers' group. He creates situations of total embarassment, carelessly launches himself into them, and comes out the shining star in absolutely all of them. The most rewarding part of the movie is when his ultimate plan to become famous, by converting to heterosexuality, comes into play. And if you thought the finale to Borat was hilarious, just you wait.
I can't stress enough how many boundaries this breaks in the shock-comedy category. All the hype surrounding the movie is completely warranted, and there's no telling where Cohen's craft can possibly go from here. Bruno may not be as timeless as Borat, but is a classic in its own right, a film that will gross out even the most stalwart of viewers, but reward them with more laughs than should be allowable by the human body.
Those who aren't bothered by very explicit male frontal nudity, simulated homosexual intercourse, swingers filmed in the act, demonstrations of some basic hetero positions, Paula Abdul sitting on a Mexican, professional wrestling, Harrison Ford cussing, the Middle East peace process or a few minutes of Richard Bey's show are likely to fully enjoy Bruno. I laughed most of the time even at some of the more over the top situations - because the kids weren't around.
The ONE scene I did NOT appreciate was Bruno's attempt at seducing Ron Paul - a most decent, pure at heart, intelligent man. I will probably skip over it if I ever watch Bruno again and I really don't understand why it was included because RP maintains his dignity all throughout.
It would be hard to 'recommend' Bruno. I found at least one scene 'not funny' (see above), most of the movie tasteless but, at the same time, a lot of it was insanely funny - the kind of 'funny' you can't stop yourself from laughing out loud while feeling a little guilty at the same time. But such is the talent of Sacha Cohen.
On the DVD edition, besides the 82 minute movie cut, you get 40 (forty) minutes of deleted scenes, some of them as insanely funny as the scenes that made it into the movie plus 'extended' scenes, an interview with one of Bruno's victims and so on.
Coming back to 'recommending' Bruno or not... renting it may be the more prudent course of action. I bought it myself and I will keep my copy.
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