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Brüno (2009)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 215
Fresh: 146 | Rotten: 69

Crude and offensive, but with ample cultural insights and gut-busting laughs, Bruno is another outlandish and entertaining mockumentary from Sacha Baron Cohen.

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 21

Crude and offensive, but with ample cultural insights and gut-busting laughs, Bruno is another outlandish and entertaining mockumentary from Sacha Baron Cohen.

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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, the 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

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Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Mazer, Jeff Schaffer

Nov 17, 2009

$60.0M

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Undeniably funny, but the targets are far too obvious.

July 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Comments (4)
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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.

July 13, 2009 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (44)
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There are lots of moments in this movie that are genuinely funny.

July 13, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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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.

July 13, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (7)
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There's good bad taste and then there's just plain bad bad, which is what describes most of Brüno.

July 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (10)
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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.

July 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Comment (1)
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Sacha Baron Cohen's latest shock comedy Bruno is a nasty, tired and pointless retread of the gifted comedian's previous work.

January 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
Matt's Movie Reviews

if mixed martial arts fans who view the film are forever after afraid of fighters getting aroused during a ground-and-pound session on the mat, then Baron Cohen did the job right.

February 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

A plot synopsis doesn't quite capture the visceral thrill of our hero's bizarre and shocking adventure.

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

The only thing Cohen can do is to throw the character's sexuality in people's faces, but there are several brilliant sequences of baiting and utilizing American gay panic that really hit the satirical button.

September 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Regrettable Sincerity
Regrettable Sincerity

there are very little or no examples of comedic genius in this film

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews | Comments (3)

Staged or not, Cohen still displays a fearlessness and commitment to character unparalleled in the comedy world today.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Comment (1)
Orlando Weekly

The first 45 minutes [...] might be the most concentrated bit of cinematic hilarity since Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

[Homophobia] deserves confrontation, but when done in the manner of the movie here, it is less enlightening than it is just plain squirmingly funny.

November 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Merely a collection of supposedly shocking jokes about homosexuality and gay sex.

November 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

You can watch Bruno purely as outrageousness or you can view it while pondering where the line is - or should be - between incisive social commentary and misanthropy.

November 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

The only thing Cohen can do is to throw the character's sexuality in people's faces, but there are several brilliant sequences of baiting and utilizing American gay panic that really hit the satirical button.

November 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

For all of its button-pushing, the end result is almost as superficial as its egocentric hero.

November 16, 2009 Full Review Source: DVD Review
DVD Review

There are more consequences of his situations than there are laughs derived from them. Not everyone around here is a Howard Stern.

November 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

What "Bruno" may lack in setup innovation, character conviction or "Borat's" inherent sweetness, it makes up for by pushing things beyond points of comfort or, in some cases, personal safety. Successfully uproarious in slaying social stratification.

September 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Suite101.com | Comments (3)
Suite101.com

As outlandish as the central character is, he uncovers some biting truths that no comedy writer could invent any better.

August 31, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Comments (2)
TheMovieReport.com

In the end, Bruno simply isn't as funny as Borat. ... Mr. Baron Cohen is too often forcing the issue instead of letting the humor emerge organically.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

Illustrates not the public's gullibility but a comic's waning sense of danger

August 25, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Bruno has one crucial element Borat lacked, a satirical point of view.

August 21, 2009 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Artificial e cruel quando deveria ser espontâneo e instigante, finalmente acaba cometendo um erro fatal para qualquer comédia: leva o espectador a sentir dó das "vítimas" de seu astro.

August 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

As with Borat, there are plenty of outrageous moments that will make you simultaneously laugh and squirm...

August 11, 2009 Full Review Source: New England Movies Weekly
New England Movies Weekly

Audience Reviews for Brüno

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 series 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.
May 4, 2014
phubbs1

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three stars
January 31, 2014
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July 18, 2013
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Ăber-bad, how mĂ 1/4ch worse can yoĂ 1/4 get?

Full review coming to themoviefreakblog.com on 7/11
July 3, 2013
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    1. Bruno: Mein plan was to become the biggest gay movie star since Schwarzenegger.
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
    1. Bruno: I am going to be the biggest Austrian celebrity since Hitler.
    – Submitted by Rocky F (2 years ago)
    1. Bruno: I am going to be the biggest Austrian celebrity since Hitler.
    – Submitted by Lucas G (2 years ago)
    1. Bruno: Can I give you guys a word of advice? Lose the beards, because your King Osama looks like a kind of dirty wizard... or a homeless Santa.
    – Submitted by Lucas G (2 years ago)
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