Three years after Borat tore down the box offices, Sacha Baron Cohen strikes again! This time as Bruno, ultra-gay TV wanna-be superstar. Directed by Larry Charles (Borat, Religulous), it follows the same formula that they established in Borat. So you already know that there will be crazy and outrageous situations involving real people who have no idea that this is all a movie. Some of the jokes may be a bit offensive, but this is comedy, what did you expect? This is also the reason behind the lower rating, because people thought that he was making fun of gay people just because they are gay. This is not true, he’s making fun of everybody and I’m guessing that gay people who were supposed to be insulted were actually laughing, while social justice warriors were disapproving this type of comedy. Probably because they figured they are next.
Brüno Gehard, gay Austrian fashion reporter, is having a hard time. He just got fired from his show and his lover, Dieasel, left him. He decides to travel to the United States and become a celebrity. His assistant’s assistant, Lutz, will keep him company. This is where the mayhem begins.
Bruno is not a perfect movie and one might argue that Sacha was going for sheer impact strength here, instead of a much more comprehensive approach to scenes in Borat. However, immediately a question arises: can such a thing be done? I recommend that instead getting too heavy on the analysis, you just dive into those beautiful and shaved cheeks of our new hero. Speaking of nudity, you will have the honor of seeing many scenes that you can hardly find in other mainstream movies. Like Bruno spinning his shaved cock, zoomed. We need these movies to further demystify the whole gay thing for general population. Celebrity status and the ways people are trying to reach it are two equally important elements here. That “I’m willing to do anything to be famous” attitude is perhaps the main driver for this movie. In the end, I must recommend this movie as one hell of a comedy and if you want to see Sacha in a “real movie” check out Ali G Indahouse.
Director: Larry Charles
Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten, Clifford Bañagale, Bono, Elton John
Fun Facts: Sacha Baron Cohen worked out, shaved all of his body hair and got his hair done in order to be Bruno.