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Released: 2009

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 1 hr 28 min

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Larry Charles

Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten, Clifford Banagale, Chibundu Orukwowu, Chigozie Orukwowu, Josh Meyers, Toby Hoguin, Robert Huerta, Gilbert Rosales, Thomas Rosales

Austrian fashionista Bruno takes America by storm.

The main problem with BRUNO is that this mockumentary isn’t as realistic or believable as BORAT.

Review by: TimVoon

Added: 7 years ago

I watched the R rated version on DVD – the version that had been prohibited in Australian cinemas. I wish I hadn’t. I was flashed a good 30 second screen shot of Sacha Baron Cohen’s penis shouting “Bruno” and I’m still recovering from the post traumatic stress of that frightful vision.

The main problem with BRUNO is that this mockumentary isn’t as realistic or believable as BORAT. It doesn’t even come close. I couldn’t believe in the persona of BRUNO, that this was a male model from Austria trying to make it big in the Entertainment industry in the US. Whilst I could believe in the persona of BORAT, a good will ambassador from Kazakhstan who had come to learn the cultural ways of the USA.

A lot of the situations set up for this Austrian model entertainer seem staged and artificial and are not particularly funny. However, one has to give some kudos for Sacha Cohen for being able to physically transform himself into a blonde, gay model – he is virtually unrecognisable from his Ali G and Borat personas. I also feel that Sacha Cohen tries overly hard in this movie to try to outdo and out shock what he achieved with Borat. I found Borat genuinely funny in some scenarios, exposing some great flaws in the Myth that America is the greatest nation on earth. However, the scenarios in BRUNO are just crude and shocking for the sake of being crude and shocking. A good example is the flapping penis waving about the screen, screaming “Bruno”.

Other offensive scenes include a simulated gay sex leather scene where he is leather bound to his Austrian lover and hopping around town. Trying to sneak into the tents of male hunters in the middle of the night was just creepy. Trying to learn martial arts from an expert in order to defend against gay men was silly. Serving food on a fat naked person whilst interviewing Paula Abdul and sitting on Mexican workers was distasteful. Not even the sing a long at the end with Bono (U2) and Elton John could save this movie. Personally, I felt that they looked uncomfortable on screen chirping out the words of some bizarre song.

My main gripe with BRUNO is that I just didn’t find it funny at all.