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Brüno: a mini-review

by Brad Trechak, posted Jul 11th 2009 5:01PM
BrünoGranted, Brüno is a movie and thus falls outside the purview of this site, but it is based on a character that originally appeared on a television show (Da Ali G Show), so I'm hoping I can get a little leeway on this brief review of the movie, which i happened to catch last night.

Minor spoilers follow ...

Like its predecessor Borat (also a character from Da Ali G Show), the movie relies on shock humor. It certainly has its moments.

One scene that will be forever burned into my brain is when Brüno tries to seduce a gun-loving southerner during a hunting trip by telling him that a bear ate all his clothes except for some condoms. Borat proved that Sacha Baron Cohen has no problem exposing himself in a movie.

Unlike its predecessor, some of the humor seemed more contrived and less spontaneous. I did like the ending of Brüno better than Borat and am kind of glad that so many music stars have such a good sense of humor.

The movie tried to be a lesson at the standard person's discomfort with homosexuality, but I think it missed the mark. Brüno's character is so unconventional on so many levels that his sexual orientation seems to be only a part of his problems (the major one being his "fame at any cost" mentally, which is a good theme for our age).

In short, if you're an adult, I think the movie is worth your time and investment. That being said, I don't get why some of the patrons last night brought their kids to this show. What's up with that?

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Tony DIMeo

I agree with many here that this movie and many others are too inappropriate for kids under seventeen, I say this from experience when i was a kid my dad let me watch anything did not put any restrictions on what i watched he showed us R-rated movies like caddyshack and Blazing Saddles that i just couldn't understand, thanks to my dad I also started watching seinfeld when i was young for years i did not understand what "He took it out" meant, okay children as young as 14 years old should not see movies like Bruno or Borat because they don't entirely understand the humor. it is bad parenting to take your kid to see a movie like Bruno instead of a movie like Ice Age, it's not just that the parents would need to teach their kids about what's in the movie but the that the kids just won't understand the humor in the movie at such a young age.

July 12 2009 at 10:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
StillBash

I guess most children won't even get the stuff that's shown. I mean do you think they'd go "ew" when they see the gerbils or rather "aww"? ;-)

I saw it in english with german subtitles. It's especially funny when you're from germany to hear Cohen and the other guy try talking in german... it's a whole nother level of funny :-)

"Your finger is in my alley" - "Not yet" :-D

July 12 2009 at 5:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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StillBash

"to talk". Gawd. Sunday morning, where's my coffee...

July 12 2009 at 5:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ac

Newsflash: stupid parents take little children to movies they should not see A LOT just because they dont feel like paying for a baby sitter.

July 11 2009 at 10:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Isabelle Carreau

I saw the movie tonight and during that showing there were a lot of kids. Actually, there was a row of at least 7 12-year-old-ish girls (I'm guessing their parents were sitting elsewhere... well, I hope they were).

July 11 2009 at 9:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BartmanDK

People bringing their kids to see Bruno are just as bad as the parents in the audition thing in the movie. "Does your kid like burning sulfer? Oh yea he loves it"

July 11 2009 at 6:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jake G

AHAHAHAHA, very true.

(Baby Nazi and liposuction, those were even more revieling)

July 11 2009 at 8:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jake G

HOLD THE PHONE! People brought their kids to see Brüno? Talk about candidates for WORST PARENTS OF THE YEAR!

I wouldn't let anyone under the age of 17 into that movie!

I do agree, the humor wasn't as new, like it was with Borat, but at the same time, it was a different kind of humor this time around. Like the Swingers Party scene, or the Texas Ultimate Fighter spoof, was very funny, and showed great stuff.

July 11 2009 at 5:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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