You’ve seen the poster, the dramatic premiere entrances, the photos, the red band trailer, him falling on Eminem’s face and all too much of Sacha Baron Cohen’s ass, now it’s time for the real deal. It’s time for Brüno. Here is what you need to know:
- Is this movie offensive, YES.
- Is it jaw-droppingly hilarious, YES.
- Does he use the same plot as in Borat, YES.
- Are his gags getting old, NO.
Just like the first time when you saw Borat, you will be in complete and utter dismay at what you see in front of you. It doesn’t feel re-hashed, it delivers everything you could want from an offensive comedy.
Now it’s time for the good, the bad and the plot…
Side Note: There are NO spoilers in this review.
A flamboyant Austrian fashionista named Brüno (Cohen) decides that he’s done all he could in his homeland, and if he really wants to make it, he has to take his show to America. His only goal, become FAMOUS, like Paris Hilton famous.
- The Humor: It is absolutely hilarious, no doubt about it. The scenes with him “exploring” his character are more shocking than funny. The real humor comes from him tormenting people.
- His Wit: He comes up with things so fast, it’s incredible. Whether he’s sitting around or in a high pressure situation he can come up with great lines at the drop of hat.
- The Victims: Many people were worried that after Borat, he wouldn’t be able to get people on camera willing to degrade themselves. WRONG! It seems that there are still plenty of people out there who haven’t caught onto Cohen’s tricks and he is great as exploiting their ignorance. Although he’s the clown, it’s those around him that we’re really laughing at. We saw it in Borat and now he takes it to a whole new level in Bruno.
- The Guest Stars: The famous people he gets on camera are incredible. There aren’t as many celebrities this time, but definitely faces you’ll know (or should know) that will absolutely shock you.
- The Locations: Those ginormous balls you see stuffed into those tiny weenie shorts must be real with the things that he pulls off. All I thought walking out of his film, is “how is he not dead?” How does he get away with the things that he does in the places he does them without being stoned, knifed, shot, or a combination of all three? He does get whipped, and you can tell, there’s no faking it on his set.
- The Plot: We’ve seen it before. It’s the exact same plot line as Borat, just with a different character and different locations. That being said, if you’re going to see Bruno for the plot, you should really consider being interviewed by one of Cohen’s characters.
- It’s Offensive: Yes, it’s offensive. As much as I would like to say it’s not, it is. Just try to remember it’s a satire and only a device to create humor, not a reflection of any group of people.
- The Run time: I rarely get to say this, but I wanted 10-15 minutes more. The run time is a measly 83 minutes. Although I respect them for realizing they had 83 good minutes of a film and didn’t fill the rest with fluff, I wished it would have been a bit longer. Throw him into one more snake pit just for the hell of it.
I think the only lesson you can take from this film is how our education system is failing us. “What’s Dar-fur?” Dear god, someone get that woman a newspaper!
The trick to this film, don’t over think it. It’s meant for entertainment, not deep thought. If you’re looking for a good laugh and can put the offensiveness aside, this is probably the best offensive, vulgar, shocking comedy you’ll see this year (although The Hangover is definitely a contender).
Check out Bruno in theaters this July 10th!