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Borat trickster Sacha Baron Cohen returns to the big screen to offer yet another stinging dose of sociopolitical satire in this comedy that finds him assuming the persona of gay fashionmonger Bruno, t... read more read more...he self-proclaimed "voice of Austrian youth TV." Originally conceived as part of Baron Cohen's cult television series Da Ali G Show, the character of Bruno offered a cleverly costumed Baron Cohen the opportunity to highlight the absurdities of the fashion industry by interviewing unsuspecting fashion icons and other haute couture hangers-on. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009

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  • May 4, 2014
    The third and final film of Cohen's main trio of characters he created for the Ali G show on TV. After the disappointing movie of Ali G Cohen wisely opted to stick with the plot formula that he used for his second film Borat which was a success. Like Borat this film is again a se... read moreries of cringe-inducing sketches/setups strung together by a flimsy plot which doesn't really matter, its all about the embarrassing sequences dotted throughout.

    The story follows Brüno as he travels to America to try and become the biggest gay star or celebrity ever in any way possible. There is only one other character along for the ride and that is his assistant 'Lutz' who was created for this film. So the plot has a familiar core in that once again Cohen's absurd character is travelling to the States to basically humiliate himself in any way he can...unknowingly on purpose.

    This film is exactly the same as Borat's film in structure and execution basically, both characters follow their TV roots as we see familiar setups in various locations. Brüno is mainly set in and around LA, I think, as we see him attempting to become the latest hot thing on the scene. As you would expect much of this consists of hugely embarrassing and awkward scenes where he tries to make his own chat show pilot and gets upset at the focus group reviewing it, interviewing and trying to seduce an American politician (Ron Paul) who angrily storms off after Brüno takes his pants down in front of him and a fantastically funny scene where Brüno visits a spiritualist and mimes performing oral sex on a dead gay ex-lover.

    But wait there's more, Cohen takes it even further this time as his character adopts a black baby and goes on an American TV show which just happens to be full of African Americans. He then exposes parents of child models by asking what they are willing to allow their kids to do for a gig, unbelievably these parents will seemingly allow their kids to do anything as long as they get the gig! Nazi uniforms anyone?. Of course this being the wild US Cohen can't resist the old deadly trio so easily found in America...homophobia, racism and American jingoism or extreme patriotism, and Cohen goes for the throat.

    Its so easy to offend someone in the US with homosexuality...especially when two half naked men are trapped together in bondage and roaming the streets. Then again going to Christian faith gay converters and trying to chat them up won't help you're case much either, neither will going on a hunt with a bunch of redneck hicks and sexually harassing them whilst flirting with one of them. The best bit has to be the cage fight match where Brüno and Lutz face off against each other but end up making out in front of an enraged southern redneck crowd! Makes you wonder how they got out of there alive.

    But wait, there's even more!! not only does Cohen upset the Yanks he also flies to Jerusalem to upset his own people! The sight of all these religious folks faces as Brüno swans around in his revealing camp attire is hilarious and the moment he is chased down the road by some Hasidic Jews (or very touchy religious Jewish folk at least) is mind boggling. How much of these sketches are real is difficult to tell in all honesty, whilst in the Middle East Cohen's character supposedly upsets a Mossad agent and a Palestinian terrorist leader (asking to be kidnapped!) which you'd think could be a very dangerous thing to do in reality. So it does beg the question was it real or setup? you kinda get the impression it wasn't quite as genuine as the US based stuff.

    As you all know the character of Brüno is homosexual (did you notice?) so the film heavily features a lot of homosexual jokes, visual gags and naturally the obligatory bits of nudity. Where as in some countries like the UK you could probably get away with much of this stuff as the general public would probably just laugh at it, in the US its very different and Cohen knows it. Manipulating Americans seems to be Cohen's forte and he does it so well.

    I think this film is probably the best out of the three personally, its much more riskier and certainly more in your face with all the homosexual references (full on cock n balls in your face actually). Many of the sequences are very funny, very offensive, very clever and very daring...we all know Cohen has balls of steel. As with all of Cohen's work its not gonna be everyone's cup of tea that's for sure, if you didn't enjoy Borat then this isn't gonna change your mind about Cohen. The film can come across as more homophobic than anything at times, so it depends on whether people can look past that. On the other hand if you liked Borat (and to a lesser extent Ali G) then this is you're lucky day as this is bigger bolder and badder than ever before.
  • January 31, 2014
    three stars
  • July 18, 2013
  • July 3, 2013
    Ăber-bad, how mĂ 1/4ch worse can yoĂ 1/4 get?

    Full review coming to on 7/11
  • June 8, 2013
    Moderately entertaining, and marginally clever. Kinda panders to the worst in us.
  • May 13, 2013
    Bruno: It's just this bear took my clothes. He took everything apart from these condoms.

    "Borat was so 2006."

    I have a sort of love, hate thing going on with Bruno. At one glance, there's enough brilliant social commentary to make up for how over the top and downright disgustin... read moreg at times, the film is sexually. Dildo machines, gerbils, everything can be shoved up there according to Bruno and it's all just a little too much. Like I said though, some of the social commentary is really well done.

    Bruno is a fashion show host in his native Austria. After destroying a runway show, he gets fired and heads to the United States to become uber-famous. He tries his luck with acting, with hosting, with sex tapes, and nothing works. He's a lost, gay, Austrian in America trying to find his niche. The plot is extremely thin, but it gives a lot of room to fuck with known people like Ron Paul and Paula Abdul. 

    There's a couple of scenes that actually had some brilliance behind them even though you may not realize it at the time. The scene where Bruno talks to Paula Abdul about her humanitarian efforts is simply hilarious and fantastic. Another high point was when Bruno was interviewing parents for their kids getting parts in whatever it was that he was doing. He would ask them if their children were comfortable around the most ludicrous stuff like burning phosphorous and then we would soon hear the parents answer back, "Yes." 

    This may not be the most civilized movie out there. I can't argue that it's all a bit much, but there's something to take away from it all. Apart from that, Sacha Baren Cohen is a pretty funny guy that can make some of the most ridiculous characters come to life. I'm not saying his characters are what we need to see, but there's some fun to be hand with the utter ridiculousness of every detail of his characters.
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    December 13, 2012
    How do you get a United States senator into a private hotel room with just yourself? How do you fool the Alabama National Guard into letting you train for a day on film? How do you convince 1500 Arkansas people to come see an "anti-homosexual" wrestler roll around with a brave he... read moreckler, only to then take it and the audience to a very intimate level? This is a kind of magic that has to be seen to be believed. I recommend googling each scene as you watch, because you will find local news articles that were left in his wake as Sacha Baron Cohen exposed and exploited the colorful absurdity of people he met in these united states.
  • September 14, 2012
    Crude and bold, Bruno it's other offensive mockumentary of Sacha Baron Cohen and Larry Charles. Not just bring huge laughs, the picture, also present a socialpolitical satire (just like Borat and The Dictator), that ridicule homophobic people and attitude, anti-gays religious, ma... read morecho culture, racism, selfish people (specially in the scene, when the character Bruno talk to parents of model photos babys) and celebrity fever in society. Dispite, also have a great ending, Larry Charles' mockumentary, doesn't is just satisfactory as Borat. Fresh.
  • December 31, 2011
    Really didn't expect much but it was hilariously funny with several really good moments however it did also have some genuinely sad and emotional parts. It's not Oscar worthy but it was funny and cheering up.
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    October 6, 2011
    Not as funny as Borat. Had tid bits of entertainment, but I mostly found myself saying "wtf is going on"?

Critic Reviews

Richard Roeper
July 30, 2009
Richard Roeper, Richard

Undeniably funny, but the targets are far too obvious. Full Review

Anthony Lane
July 13, 2009
Anthony Lane, New Yorker

Wholly unsuitable for children, yet propelled by a nagging puerility that will appeal only to those in the vortex of puberty, or to adults who have failed to progress beyond it. Full Review

Ben Lyons
July 13, 2009
Ben Lyons, At the Movies

There are lots of moments in this movie that are genuinely funny. Full Review

Ben Mankiewicz
July 13, 2009
Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies

It's certainly not that there aren't a few funny moments in the film. There are, but overwhelmingly, Bruno's stunts are demeaning, they are insulting and they are really cruel. Full Review

Scott Von Doviak
July 10, 2009
Scott Von Doviak, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

a hit-and-miss brand of humor, as likely to leave you squirming from embarrassment as howling with laughter. Full Review

Peter Rainer
July 10, 2009
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

There's good bad taste and then there's just plain bad bad, which is what describes most of Brüno. Full Review

Betsy Sharkey
July 10, 2009
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

Baron Cohen's instincts for outrage are spot on. It's not insight we need at all right now, but a very sharp bonk on the head. Full Review

Connie Ogle
July 10, 2009
Connie Ogle, Miami Herald

Even if this is the end, we must applaud his audacity, even if we can't always bear to watch it in action. Is this comedic genius? As Brüno would say: Ich think so. Full Review

James Adams
July 10, 2009
James Adams, Globe and Mail

It's a thing , not a movie -- if, that is, you believe a movie should be more than an accumulation of prankish set-pieces flimsily strung over 80 skimpy minutes. Full Review

Lou Lumenick
July 10, 2009
Lou Lumenick, New York Post

More gut-bustingly funny than anything else out there right now. Full Review

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