Movie Review: Bruno

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, July 6, 2009 at 2:52 am.

bruno-official-movie-posterSummary: Bruno, an openly gay Austrian model, treks to the U.S. to be a star.

Review: Bruno is going to anger many people, just like Sacha Baron Cohen’s first effort, Borat, in 2006. However, this time Cohen lowered the bar even lower (I didn’t think it was possible after Borat!) to shameless comedy that makes John Waters‘ films seem like a Disney movie. Bruno is lewd, raunchy, offensive — and I loved every minute of it!

Even with all the extreme vulgarity (talking urethras, swinging penises, anal jokes, etc.), Bruno is still well written and  sharply executed. Whether you are able to digest Cohen’s brand of comedy, no one can deny the man has talent (his roles range from Ali G. to Borat and now Bruno — completely different characters). I cannot think of any comedian or actor who could pull a movie like this off and make it work. Cohen is the new mastermind of comedy.

Bruno is already taking some heavy hits from various communities claiming the flick enforces stereotypes, especially of the gay community. Yes, the character Bruno is in “gay face” if you will, but when going beyond the surface, the movie is magnifying these atrocious generalizations to show the audience how foolish they truly are. For example, in one scene Bruno tries to become an ex-gay. The language from the “pastors” about Bruno’s sexuality gives you a glimpse into people’s drastic prejudices. In another scene, Bruno is in an Arkansas cage fight and the audience becomes wildly enraged at one of his antics – screaming, throwing chairs and trying to attack him. Bruno is clearly turning the mirror on us and saying, “Now, do you see how stupid these stereotypes are? Do you see how ignorant it makes us as human beings look?”

That said, Bruno is still a movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously; from the “Mexican chair people” to meeting with terrorist groups to celebrity cameos. Speaking of cameos, there is a La Toya Jackson cameo where Bruno asks to speak to Michael Jackson and mocks their voices, which was hilarious. The scene was quickly cut due to the sudden death of the late, great Michael Jackson. Considering Bruno didn’t crack 90 minutes, which is my only complaint (too short!), who knows how they will make up for this chunk of film missing in the theatrical release.

Overall, Bruno is the best comedy of the year and one of the best movies of the year thus far. Leave your moral judgments at the door and go see what will be one of the most talked about films in 2009.

Bruno is in theatres this Friday, July 10th.

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