Brüno
Brüno
R | 08 July 2009 (USA)
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Flamboyantly gay Austrian television reporter Bruno stirs up trouble with unsuspecting guests and large crowds through brutally frank interviews and painfully hilarious public displays of homosexuality.

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Redwarmin

This movie is the proof that the world is becoming a sick and dumb place

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BriefingLand

such a pointless movie

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Baseshment

I like movies that are aware of what they are selling... without [any] greater aspirations than to make people laugh and that's it.

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Noelle

The movie is surprisingly subdued in its pacing, its characterizations, and its go-for-broke sensibilities.

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framptonhollis

With Sacha Baron Cohen back in the public perception with his new series 'Who Is America?', I was reminded I had yet to see his controversial and divisive satire 'Brüno'. While 'Borat' received almost unanimous praise (from those who were not needlessly offended by it), 'Brüno' has come to receive a much more mixed and negative reaction. Just look at its score on this very site, a mere 5.8, which I find rather surprising and in a sense disappointing having now actually seen this film, which I deem to actually be a comic masterpiece. It is outrageously and intentionally offensive to anyone who is at all overly sensitive, and that's the way I like my humour to sometimes be. Cohen isn't afraid to directly mock people from all walks of life in a careless and often surprisingly intelligent manner. While there is plenty of vulgar, crude, sexual humour and borderline pornographic images and jokes at the expense of race, sexuality, etc., the film actually has a few statements to really make, including, in the end, what I find to be a somewhat profound commentary on American homophobia. Some people have found the film to be offensive because they believe it is in some way homophobic and is merely just poking fun at the LGBT community with its over the top stereotyping, when the truth is, if anything, this is a film highly critical of the homophobia it exposes while also being darkly hilarious, shocking, and entertaining. Various segments in this film are eye opening and almost insane, so many of those caught saying the most cruel and offensive things that are actually in this film are really real people, and that's what makes the movie as a whole so simultaneously unnerving and side splittingly funny. There's also a great commentary on celebrity culture, and Cohen's ability to convince actual people with actual public reputations and personas to actually engage in genuinely insensitive, blatantly hypocritical and dishonest things is, if perhaps not the greatest surprise, shocking and disconcerting nonetheless, but also so satisfying and, simply put, brilliant.

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Mohammad Rezzaa J

The movie is easily one of the worst movies I ever saw! Performances are poor and have nothing to say. Sacha is a great actor and did an awesome job in borat, ali and... But here...just ridiculous and poor

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BA_Harrison

Sacha Baron Cohen, who shocked the world with his outrageous 2006 mockumentary Borat, exposes even more intolerance, small-mindedness, bigotry and sheer stupidity via another of his outrageous alter egos, flamboyant gay Austrian fashionista Brüno, who travels to the US to find fame and fortune, accompanied by his devoted ex-assistant's assistant, Lutz (Gustaf Hammarsten).Like Borat, Brüno consists of a series of interviews with luminaries of the political, sporting and entertainment world, each designed to catch its subject off guard; these are linked by scripted interludes to help drive the movie's narrative. If Cohen is to believed, none of the interviews or encounters with real people were staged, which makes for some toe-curlingly uncomfortable yet extremely funny viewing.Brüno tries to seduce an ex-presidential candidate, riles a group of hunters with his talk of hot guys, sings a song of peace to help Israeli and Palestinian relations, upsets a group of swingers, taunts a middle-east terrorist, performs fellatio on the spirit of Milli (from Milli Vanilli) in front of a bemused medium, and gets fruity with Lutz in front of a baying, homophobic UFC crowd, all of which is side-splitting stuff. Of the scripted material, Brüno's sex scene with his pygmy lover and a gratuitous full-screen shot of a penis whanging around are hard to top in terms of outrageousness.Quite how Cohen managed to pull off his crazy stunts without being beaten up, lynched or shot, I will never know, but I'm glad he did: he's one of the most daring and funniest comic actors alive, in my opinion—it would be nice to keep him that way.

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SnoopyStyle

Brüno (Sacha Baron Cohen) is the gay host of Austrian TV fashion show Funkyzeit. When he cause a ruckus on the catwalk, he becomes a pariah. He decides to go to L.A. in a search for fame with only his assistant's assistant Lutz.I've never found the overt gay character that funny. Nathan Lane's shtick has always annoyed me more than hit me funny. This is ten times worst. There is a certain hit and miss quality about all comedy that is hard to explain. This one annoyed the heck out of me. There is just no joy in this character. I find no redeeming quality about him. It's not simply that I didn't laugh. I actively hated this selfish self-obsessed character. He is not just a nice clueless gay dude. He is actually mean spirited. A lot of the jokes are too desperate. The fact is most people would try to be nice to this idiot and he needs to go overboard to push people for reactions. Even then, the reaction isn't that funny.

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