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Movie Review – Bruno

Adrian Musolino
Adrian Musolino

Borat was so 2006. The slogan on the movie poster for the newly released Bruno, the follow on from other Sacha Baron Cohen creations Ali G and Borat, is certainly apt as what Bruno does on the big screen shades the antics of his counterpart Borat.  

Gay Austrian fashionista Bruno is an icon of the European fashion scene, but when he is forced out of the industry after an unfortunate incident, he heads to Los Angeles to seek celebrity and fame. 

His quest for superstardom takes him on a hilarious and cringeworthy journey through America with detours to the Middle East, to seek a historic peace deal that will launch him into celebrity, and Africa to claim what could be the missing piece in his quest. 

Moving from one segment to another, Bruno feels more TV sketch show than movie at times but the plot comes together with the brilliant culminating ‘wrestling’ scene. 

Once again Sacha Baron Cohen manages to offend anyone and everyone with Bruno.

His style has its critics. 

Some wrongly accuse Cohen of stereotyping, through his characters, for comedic effect. 

In fact, characters such as Bruno and Borat are vehicles used to portray societies own faults and flaws, and how some interact with these characters highlights their own prejudices. 

Certainly this style of humour isn’t for everyone and it is less accessible than Borat with more obscure pop culture references. 

However, there is also the more obvious in your face humour that was synonymous with Borat and if anything it has increased in shock value with some eye-popping scenes shocking even the biggest Cohen fans. 

If you are easily offended by racist, sexist, politically incorrect and shock humour, then Bruno may not be for you.

This isn’t for youngsters either.  

Full of sexual innuendos and overt nudity, it is deserving of its adult rating. 

Don’t be fooled by its mainstream popularity, this is a very adult and raw comedy. 

The reaction in the cinema to Bruno was certainly less rapturous than it was for Borat, but nonetheless it is a hilarious movie and Cohen is deserving of credit for his bravery and pioneering comedic talent.

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