Bruno

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brunoI was familiar with the characters Sacha Baron-Cohen did because I was at a party years ago, and someone raved about how funny his Ali G. character was.

When half the room wasn’t familiar with it, the DVDs were brought out.

Ali G. is a character that speaks with a thick accent and talks/dresses like a rapper. He is able to score interviews with some big name people. It’s sort of a one-trick pony, as we’re supposed to laugh by the uncomfortable situation that ensues.

The interviews were interesting enough, but I prefer radio’s Phil Hendrie, who does a much better job with a variety of character on his syndicated AM show.

When Borat came out years ago, I have to admit I laughed harder than I thought I would. And there were so many big laughs in the theatre, you often didn’t hear the next line.

I had a huge argument with a few people in the lobby. It wasn’t because they spent 10 minutes trying to open their package of Red Vines a few inches from my ear, although I wanted to mention that, too. It was because they thought everything in the movie was real. I told them that was impossible.

And, that’s part of the problem with Bruno. As funny as some segments are, you know that half of it are people pretended to be offended. Now that being said, it’s still funny.

Not as funny as Borat, and a lot more offensive. Since he plays a gay fashion reporter, he’s often getting into peoples faces in a way that makes them (and the audience) uncomfortable.

There was one five minute scene that shows Bruno having sex with his male assistant, and my girlfriend and I both said the same thing – how is this movie not rated X?

Not only did it have male, full-frontal nudity. It showed a close-up of Bruno’s penis (or perhaps, as they say in Hollywood – a double). As the penis swung in circles, they super-imposed a mouth on it to say “Bruno.”

That’s a mock intro to a TV show he’s trying to pitch to (supposedly) real TV executives.

The scenes with a focus group, that clearly hate the show, are mildly amusing. Part of the problem though, is Family Guy had already done this.

My favorite scene involves Paula Abdul. She is told that she’s being interviewed by a big fashion correspondent, and she shows up at his Beverly Hills mansion to do the interview. When she mentions how weird it is that there is no furniture, Bruno says in his thick, German accent “Get in here, now!” The Mexicans gardeners working on his yard come in, and he demands they get on their hands and knees. He then tells Abdul to sit on the guys back. She looks shocked but…she actually does it! The man makes faces, as if the weight of her is hurting him, and after a few minutes, with the questions going in a direction she doesn’t like – she decides to leave. It’s hysterical that the people furniture isn’t the straw that broke the Mexican’s…errr…horses back.

In my argument with the people behind me, I said “Listen…not all this stuff was real. They couldn’t have gotten the cameo they got from Harrison Ford without him approving that.”

I can’t tell you what it was, because it might kill the biggest laugh in the movie.

Bruno is a movie you can wait to rent, unless you haven’t seen Borat. You’re better off renting that (I give it a B-).

Go see (500) Days of Summer at the theatres, which is the best romantic comedy of the summer.

Bruno gets a C-.

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