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Bruno Review

“VASSUP!”  Don’t worry, I am pretty sure that line will not be the new “VERY NICE!” or “HIGH FIVE!”.  I think this is due in part to the fact that although Bruno was hilarious, Sacha Baren Cohen’s novelty has worn off a tiny bit.  I will admit though, for anybody who has seen his last film, this one is a bit more extreme.  This is a film I would not recommend to see with your parents or even on a first date for that matter (could lead to some awkward dinner questions about your choice in films.)  For the most part, Bruno succeeds at making the audience bust their gut in laughter, but is it good enough to warrant the price of a ticket?

Bruno and his adpoted "gayby", OJ

Bruno is the heartwarming story about a homosexual, Austrian television reporter that covers everything from what is “in and out” to the top fashions.  When things go horribly wrong with a Velcro suit he wore to a runway event, he ends up getting fired.  What is the next thing to do after getting fired from a tv series?  You try and become famous yet again.  The movie chronicles Bruno’s adventure to America as he tries to do things that have gotten other celebrities publicity.  It was quite funny seeing this character discuss what other celebrities had done, and what he could do to get his name out in the world.  Many of these ideas are really zany and over-the-top, which make me to believe that Bruno was much more staged than Borat was.  One of the ideas involves Bruno adopting a child from Africa, and another has him trying to make a sex tape with the former president candidate, Ron Paul.  There were many times where I just could not believe he was actually saying these things to certain people that would of probably killed him in most cases (pissing off a terrorist leader comes to mind.)

There comes a point in Bruno, where he see’s that most successful celebs are actually straight, like “Bradolf Pittler” as he calls him.  The scenes where we see him going on a hunting trip, awkwardly hanging out at a swingers party and talking to a couple religious, gay converters, have to be some of the funniest bits you will see this year at the theater.  This awkward/shock comedy works on every level possible, and I think althought it may be offensive; pretty  much every walk of life will find something to laugh about.  This is a film that I think really is best when you watch it with a group of friends.  It just has this fun quality about it, that is best captured when you and your friends can quote the movie afterwards.

Now, that I have talked about some of the funny bits I liked, there were a few things I didn’t like.  About halfway through the movie, it begins to wear thin.  I know the first half I was laughing so hard, I could barely catch my breath at points, but right at that halfway mark, I could really start to see the gay jokes getting a bit old.  The film is also a bit short, but I am sure the DVD/Blu-ray will have so much extra footage that was not used.  It being short is actually kind of nice, so that it does not overstay its welcome.  I guess it will really be more of a “love it or hate it” film among movie-goers, seeing as some people I know actually walked out of the film.  Which is not surprising, because many of them were quite conservative, so this film was a total shocker in most aspects.  Go into it with an open mind, and you should enjoy yourself.

Bruno was a very funny film, and I can recall at least two times that I laughed so hard, I cried.  However, the film is not for everybody, especially homophobic people or people very sensitive to issues like Christianity and race.  That’s the beauty in Cohen’s comedy though; he pokes fun at everybody, so it doesn’t come off as offensive to me.  I don’t think this was the funniest film I saw this summer, The Hangover takes that title, but Bruno was a close second.  The only bad thing about this type of movie is that the shock wears off when you watch it a second or third time.  I remember laughing the entire time during Borat, then on repeated viewings, I could barely manage a chuckle.  I must admit though, after seeing this film you will finally be able to say you have actually seen a talking penis.

4 comments
Cracker
Cracker

I cannot believe this is true!

The Pit
The Pit

I agree with Czartim, this just doesn't seem worth the 12 bucks to see it in theaters.

Czartim
Czartim

I'll wait for Netflix.

Stephanie
Stephanie

Wow, at the end of that review I was like "What!?" Hahahahhaha I bet if we had seen it together we'd be those friends with all those quotable inside jokes. I guess sometimes movies are funnier when you replay them in your head rather than on your tv.