Having stirred up a whirlwind of amusing trouble with Borat: Cultural Learnings, Sacha Baron Cohen’s out to do it all again as Bruno. Bruno is a super-camp, gay-as-you-like Austrian fashionista, who first appeared in sketches on the Paramount Comedy Channel back in 1998, then became part of Da Ali G Show.... More
After being ousted from the fashion community during a high profile mishap on a Milan runway, Bruno heads to the US to try and straighten himself out.Hide
BY Andreas Heinemann Flicks Writer
While in many ways Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest effort stays true to the formula that has been so successful to this point, there are also some subtle but notable differences this time round, both in Coen’s approach and in comparison to Bruno’s TV segments.
There are still the ambush interviews and public stunts where the unaware are caught on camera with their hypocrisies and ignorance amplified for the whole world to see. Padding this out are some moments of gross out humour with the volume turned way up, seemingly designed to drop your jaw as much as split your sides. These moments predominantly play on Bruno’s homosexuality, which was a pretty incidental character trait in his previous appearances. It’s kind of sad that this angle has eclipsed the fashion satire because that stuff is solid gold and gets more consistent laughs than the gay gags. Everything seems a lot more structured and scripted this time too, possibly because after so long doing his guerrilla brand of humour, his subjects are starting to wise up. As a viewer, you’ll probably spend at least a little time wondering which material is faked.
These are small flaws as I haven’t been in an audience that laughed as loud and long for ages. Some people will be disgusted and offended, but hey, that’s the nature of quality comedy.
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This isn't clever satire, this is a series of flat gags and a few bits of outrageousness that tries to straddle the line between insulting everyone and showing "support" - hence the tiresome is this pro-Gay or anti-gay argument. Sorry, but whatever group we belong to, we don't actually need Sacha-Cohen to validate our existence. (Sad if we do.) That leaves the central debate: is the film even funny. Answer: One out of 10.
BY Brian1 superstar
It's unadulterated garbish.
Ather Borat, Cohen has stretched himself (no pun intended) too far each way.
We were warned by the ticket seller, but went anyway, shouldnt have.
And Bruno doesnt deserve the attention all these views give it. Eric N got it right.
BY Eric-Newman wannabe
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