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      17.03.2014 00:53
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      Would you chose Bruno or Borat?

      Sacha Baron Cohen is back! I am very excited about this, but is this leading up to my expectations? Is it the return of Borat after seeing his crazy adventure to America in 2006? Nope, Sachs Baron Cohen is bringing out one of his past characters....... drum roll...... Bruno.

      Bruno is a gay wannabe celebrity who is trying to break into the world of his dream lifestyle. By doing this, Bruno is using every showbiz idea to crack his ambition.
      The roles we see Bruno doing are as follows:

      -We see him at a fashion show presenting
      - We see him create an original fashion design to the world and to see if he can beat any designer out there, by making a dress out of velcro. He could making more of a fashion disaster or fashion success?
      - After hearing celebrities adopting babies for deprived countries such as Madonna and Angelina Jolie, he decides to adopt one, but for some reason he ends up on a Maury based show (a extreme American version of Jeremy Kyle) is this a good thing or a bad thing? Why does he have a baby?
      - Trying to break into the acting industry.

      Bruno's showbiz dreams are falling to pieces when he is running out of ideas, he is starting to feel depressed due to his sexuality being the reason he is not famous. Which is quite sad, and I feel sorry for him at this point.

      Will Bruno ever change his way to achieve his dreams? Or will he stay Bruno forever?

      Director: Larry Charles
      producer : Sacha Baron Cohen
      release date: 2009
      Certificate: 18
      Running time : 99 minutes

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      Sacha Baron Cohen : Bruno

      I have mixed reviews about this film because I liked it but hated it at the same time. The reason why I liked it was because it was ruder, and some scenes funny. But what I didn't like about it was that I didn't laugh in this film as much as I did with Borat (where I was wetting myself with laughter throughout the whole film) and some of the story line was a little too similar to Borat where he is trying to find an ambition that could never happen (Borat's was to find and marry Bay watch star Pamela Anderson) But is a good film to watch if you liked Borat or if you're having a bad day and need a comedy to cheer you up.

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        13.06.2012 18:11
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        Defenitely a question of taste - but I love Bruno!

        Today I'm going to review the film Bruno on DVD!

        Shopper's appeal
        I bought this DVD because I saw the film in cinema and found it hilarious. I really like Sacha Baron Cohen - I always found his character Ali G really funny and "Borat" was hilarious, too. When I heard that "Bruno" would be about a gay, hypersexual fashion reporter from Austria, I realised I just had to see this! Being from Germany, I was also interested in how the would take a pun on the German language and the way it is spoken in Austria. So of course, I went to see it in English and wasn't disappointed - I laughed so much I was close to crying. And of course I wanted to have that funny film on DVD so I could laugh about it again and again at home! ;)


        The plot
        Bruno is a successful fashion reporter from Austria. His show "Funkyzeit" is quite famous and everybody dresses according to what Bruno declares "in" and "out" on his show - at least that's what he says in the beginning of the film as we see him going from one fashion show to another.
        But the distaster that changes Bruno's life and career happens at such a show. To be the most inventive fashionista yet again, he wears a suit entirely made of velcro, gets stuck to a heap of clothes and walks across the catwolk like that, his career tumbles down. Suddenly nobody wants Bruno at their shows anymore.
        But Bruno, who is utterly in love with himself, reaches for the stars and decides to try his luck in the USA and takes off to L.A. with his assistant Lutz.
        Now we can see Bruno have his shot at fame in America, including a try at acting, another approach to having his own TV show, a try at being a diplomat, fotoshoots with toddlers, joining the army for a day and so much more. A lot of this happens in Sacha Baron Cohen's usual mock-interview style which is hilarious and shocking at times.


        ... but be careful!
        While I found this film super hilarious and at times cried from laughing, I really advise you to be prepared for this film. It is defenitely not for people who want to see tasteful movies only.
        The jokes in Bruno are very, very controversial in some peoples' eyes. They are super rude, at times racist and every chlichée regarding gay people is served. And the character of Bruno is very ignorant and constantly on the hunt for sex.
        I know some people who went to see this film in cinema and left the theatre after a few minutes because they were disgusted or offended - usually the first.


        The actors
        Sacha Baron Cohen: Brüno
        Gustaf Hammarsten: Lutz


        My opinion
        I really, really like Bruno. While the film might be offensive to some people, I simply found it to be hilarious.
        I'm glad I watched the film in English because it so funny when Bruno and Lutz talk "German" - which consists of actor Gustaf Hammarsten talking very clear German while Sacha Baron Cohen speaks very funny gibberish with words that are German but do not actually exist in the way they are put together.
        The sense of humor regarding sex in the film is very straight forward and gross at times, but then again it is so absurd that I couldn't feel offended. It is very much like in Cohen's Film Borat - it's so strange that you can't take it seirously and get mad. But expect to be grossed out - there's a lot of nudity and while I didn't feel offended, I sure was disgusted at times.
        I like how the film does not try to make a political statement at all, but you still see how close-minded people are. One can only be shocked when Bruno interviews the parents of some toddlers and asks them if their children would be fine to handle acid, outdated machinery or be crucified and they nod in agreement to get their children famous. It is also quite shocking that a christian young man assures Bruno that he can help him become heterosexual because homosexuality is a sin and disgusting.
        The film is not only gross in a funny way, but it also shows how close-minded some groups in America are.


        The DVD Menu
        The DVD's menu is funny and colourful with a lot of pictures. The names of the special features are all in mock-German, too, but become English when you select them, so you'll still find your way around!
        It's nice and easy to use.


        Special Features
        There are a lot of extra features on the DVD, including extra scenes that didn't make it into the film, and alternative scenes including an interview with a baseball legend and another one with a politician.
        In the extra scenes you can see LaToya Jackson, who even dares to eat the scary buffet one a man's body that Bruno sets out, and then he tries to get Michael Jackson's number from her. There are a lot of interviews with people in fashion and there's also a funny clip of Bruno looking for a house.
        There is also the possibility to watch the film with audio commentary and there's an interview with LLoyd Robinson.


        Conclusion
        I love Bruno and could watch it again and again. It's so funny and weird, there's nothing quite like it. But it's not for people who are easily offended. But if you can take the distgusting bits, you will like it! I think it's my favourite performance of Sacha Baron Cohen.

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        01.10.2010 16:03
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        Worth a watch but don't buy it

        Bruno - The 'follow-up' of Borat. The creations of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen - the man who brought us all Ali G.

        Now, if you are a fan of the formentioned Borat and Ali G, you would have some kind of idea what to expeect when you prepare to watch Bruno and you would be forgiven for thinking it's going to be the kind of material that will make you cringe...well, you'll be right!

        From the beginning to the end there is many scenes which are quite frankly vile and you would be expected to turn away and decide not to look at certain points!

        There are parts of this 'film' which are very, very funny, but, as a whole, I felt slightly let down by the whole experience.

        The great thing about Cohen's previous work, especially Ali G, is how he cons well known celebs into thinking he is a serious person but Bruno lacks this, minus the backstage scene at the fashion show, featuring people who would not even be recognised by most people into this kind of film!

        Don't get me wrong, this is funny and enjoyable, but it just felt like one big rip-off of his own work, Borat.
        The story is pretty much the same, a minor celeb from another country trying to make it to the big time in America but failing at every obstacle and having some 'love interest' along the way. Sound familiar? Like I said, same story, different film!

        I would imagine that most people would probably watch this once and not bother again for a considrable time and the film would be much more appreciated if watched with a group of friends whilst mildly drunk!

        I wouldn't suggest to buy this film, but to rent or to borrow it and invest your money in a much more entertaining film.

        I'm reviewing the blu-ray version of the film, where the picture quility is good, but doesn't really make much of a difference on this type of feature, same applies for the audio.

        There is also an array of extra features including deleted scenes and extended scenes, which are worth a viewing.

        My overall review can be summed up by saying definately worth a watch, but don't expect anything new.

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        21.07.2010 14:18
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        Crude and crass Austrian fashionista takes his fashion and sexuality to America

        Sacha Baron Cohen is known for his outrageous and boundary pushing characters. Whereas Borat was a bit of a revelation and sought to shock the world, providing a fly on the wall style documentart that played on some of the prejudices of the American people, Bruno merely sets out to shock audiences, and results in being a less enjoyable spectacle.

        Bruno is an Austrian fashion guru, a model/artist/designer/fashion mogul who falls out of sorts following a faux pas with a velcro suit. As he sinks into the abyss of the unknown, he searches for a way to claw himself back into the limelight. This, in a nutshell, is the plot of the film, and while Borat very much had a notion of travelling across America in a cross between a documentary and a film, Bruno plays very much like a documentary with a weak plot.

        The humour is even more crass and shocking than Borat, with what I felt was an over the top focus on sexual references. I'm not a prude, not by any means, but I have to admit I felt rather uncomfortable watching the majority of this, and Cohen's Bruno really put me off. There were the odd moments of writing brilliance, where Cohen's true comic ability shone through, but these were few and far between really, for me. There's no doubting his skill level in character creation, nor is there any question that he throws himself into the roles he plays, but there needed to be a bit more of a limit on this, for me, as it became too tasteless, and not in a comedic way, as Borat did.

        I suppose the main difference between the two characters is how much of a revelation and a believable character Borat was. Rather naive and innocent, he was definitely a fish out of water. Bruno is like an assault on the fashion industry, with the character being completely over acted and over developed. The exaggeration, to be honest, is probably what put me off, and the camp performance from Cohen just shows that not only can he be hot or cold, but that a novelty factor is perhaps the key to his success. Borat was new, a novel idea, Bruno is like trying to recreate it from a different angle with a different character. It works at times, but my overall impression having seen the entire film is one of disappointment. I had steeled myself for something bigger and bolder than Borat, but really was expecting the quality to follow with it. Instead, it relies on crude and crass humour as opposed the clever psychological mindgames and and political correctness trickery Cohen has employed before. The result: not a recommendation from me, I'm afraid.

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          14.06.2010 17:00
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          Bruno looses his fame so moves to America to try and get it back

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          Bruno is a famous fashion reporter in his home town of Austria and he loves his life. He is good at his job but unfortunately he makes a massive mistake when testing out a new Velcro suit and this leads to his demise and no none wanting him for work. He makes the decision that to get famous again he needs to move to America. Unfortunately his assistant/lover will not go with him but his assistants assistant who fancied him will.

          Bruno lands n America where he finds life very different and struggles to get work. He decides he needs to try another way to get his fame back but can he ultimately make his mark in America?

          The plot summery which I have given for his film may seem a little basic but this really is all there is to the film. I have to say I cannot stand Sasha Baron Cohen who plays the role of Bruno and had absolutely no desire to watch this film but as hubby fancied watching it I relented and gave it a go. The storyline was not too bad but very daft and completely unbelievable at times but if you watch with a very open mind and do not take the film seriously at all then it is passable.

          Sasha Baron Cohen played the role of Bruno and he was 'different' from anything I have seen before. He did give the role his all and made him a very strange person. I felt no connection with him for the majority of the film and felt he was very up himself and only thought about his own needs. I found him to be over the top from the very start of the film and there was no connection with him and the supporting actors. We had Gustaf Hammarsten playing the role of Lutz who went to America with him and the two character could not have been more different. Lutz was more of a quite person and I liked him a lot as he was more normal, I just did not like the way he was obsessed with Bruno.

          Other supporting actors included, Clifford Banagale and Josh Meyers, they all did good jobs with the roles they were given but no one gave any real depth to their character and they were all pretty flat.

          The best part of the film for me was the first 15 minutes as this had both me and hubby laughing out loud, the scenes where Bruno was with his lover were played so over the top and detailed but we found them to be so funny. A lot may not enjoy these scenes and find them repulsive but as we were both in a good light hearted mood we really enjoyed them. The other part which I found was excellent was the end song, the cast for the song included, Elton John, Slash, Chris Martin and Bono. They all sang a charity song for Bruno and for me it was the second and only other decent part of the movie. The bits in-between these two scenes was not at all very good and quite dull.

          The humour throughout is not going to be to everyone's taste and some of it is quite sick. We did have some spoken gags but most of them fell on deaf ears and nether me or hubby laughed at them and then we moved to the visual gags which were slightly better. The majority of the visual gags came from the outfits Bruno wore and for me some of it was actually funny. I would not say this is a good comedy but there are a few good laugh out loud moments.

          The film was set mainly in America and I found all of the sets and scenery to be good and looked great but we did get a few bad effects. The costumes were so over the top at times but this did make for some good viewing. The music was not too bad but not at all memorable and I can now only remember the ending song from the film.

          As this is a film only review there are no bonus features to mention. The running time of the film is thankfully only 81 minutes and I found this was more than long enough. The film has an 18 certificate and I do definitely agree with this as some of the scenes are quite grotesque and not at all suitable for the younger audience. The film can be bought for just a few pounds now on sites such as EBay and Amazon but personally I would not waste my money on it.

          Overall despite loving the first 15 minutes and the ending song I cannot recommend this film. I have to say Bruno is not the new Mr Marmite as you will either love or hate hum and for me I still hate him. This is an average film with only a few laughs so not at all worth wasting 81 minutes on. Both me and hubby agree on 2 stars for Bruno.

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            03.06.2010 12:57
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            not his best character but still offensive and funny

            I do love Sacha Baron Cohen, i think he is very clever and always gives an excellent performance no matter what character he is portraying. I first saw him doing Da Ali G show and thought that he had something besides the comedy to offer...It wasn't until he created Borat followed by Bruno that i realised what it was. He is a brave, brave man!

            The Story

            The story focuses on Bruno, a famous fashion guru in Germany. He has his own TV show and is one of the most famous people in German speaking Europe. Then he disgraces himself by ruining one of the most watched catwalk shows in fashion. Attention seeking, flamboyant Bruno cannot stay outside of the limelight for long and decides to travel to America in order to find fame and fortune. Lutz, his former assistants' assistant travels with him to the US and together they devise plans to become famous. He tries interviewing, adopting and a sex tape...but will any of this help Bruno become the uber famous star he wants to be?

            What to expect

            We all know Sasha Baron Cohen and the things that he is capable of. In my opinion this is his most shocking performance yet and left me cringing more than once. I am not easily offended, so that was not the problem...There were moments where i had to look away from the screen but generally, i laughed throughout. There is no doubt that he keeps you entertained from start to finish. You may be disgusted by it but to be honest you cannot help but watch.
            It is amazing how well he pulls off this homosexual, german, sex obsessed, clean shaven man well enough to make you forget about Borat. I thought that I would constantly be comparing the two characters but Sasha simply separates the two characters so well that I didn't compare them once. He is an amazing actor and great writer...who loves to shock and offend people!

            Is it for you

            If you like Borat and Ali G then I do recommend this film. However, if you are easily offended then i wouldn't even watch the trailer to this! It is Certificate 18 due to strong language, crude/rude humour, strong and graphic sexual content.
            Run time: Approx. 81 minutes

            Review also on Ciao.co.uk

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            30.04.2010 15:16
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            You wont be laughing too much

            I was intrigued by Bruno when it was released. The trailers seemed to be fairly funny (aren't they always) and all in all it seemed to be getting a fairly positive response from people. Therefore with my blinkbox freebie I decided to give it a go.

            The story follows Bruno (Sacha Baron Cohen) a gay fashionmonger from Austria. After being sacked from his Austrian TV show he decides to travel to America to become 'the biggest Austrian superstar since Hitler.' The film basically follows different snapshots of Bruno as he tries to make it big by interviewing celebrities, adopting a black baby, talking to priests and getting to know general homophobic Americans.

            One of the best sketches in the film involves Paula Abdul. Bruno is interviewing her in connection with her work for human rights. After greeting Paula, Bruno invites Paula to sit on his Mexican Chairpeople, these are just people crouched over on all fours. At first Paula looks a little shocked but it doesn't take her too long to decide that she is actually ok to sit on them, even though the guy she sits on groans when she does! It's so funny especially when Bruno's first question is 'how important is it for you to help other people?'

            I have previously watched Borat which is essentially the same idea. I found Borat to be funny and although we had previously seen the likes of these sketches on the TV, the transfer to the big screen worked quite well. However, Bruno feels like more of the same just with lots of sex and gays thrown in to the equation. My parents weirdly enough loved Borat but didn't really like Bruno (though after watching Bruno I'm quite horrified my parents have watched this).

            During the whole film I think I laughed maybe a handful of times. Most of the times I laughed were at the trailer clips I had seen before. Although the idea of Bruno is a good one it's only the reaction of the really homophobic Americans that make this film so funny. Its amazing how in this day and age people are not more open minded. Bruno is fine to watch, he's not really annoying and after over an hour of watching him I didn't think it was time wasted.

            How Sacha Baron Cohen is married after the stunts he gets up to in his films I will never know. Bruno is definitely watchable if you are not easily offended; though don't expect to be rolling around on the floor with laughter. Bruno can be purchased for £6.00 on Amazon. However I would advise you wait until it's either a couple of pounds or on TV to bother watching it.

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              01.04.2010 01:07
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              You might laugh.. and feel gulity about it!

              Sacha Baron Cohen has made a career in shocking people. He's very good at it. Satire is focused on making people uncomfortable, viewers and unwitting participants alike and SBC has hit the nail on the head with 'Bruno' in this respect.

              Directed by former Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiam writer Larry Charles, this film follows in a similar vein to SBC's movies for his other 11 O'Clock Show characters Borat and Ali G: point a camera at him and watch dumbstruck bystanders get struck in the crossfire. 'Bruno' is just as effective these previous efforts, hitting the twin targets of celebrity obsession and homophobia with graphic impact. There is a loose 'plot' of sorts. Bruno is a gay fashion reporter on Austrian TV show 'Funky Zeit'. He gets fired from his job after disrupting Milan Fashion week and goes off to find fame and fortune in the United States with his assistant Lutz (played by Gustaf Hammarsten)
              What follows is a Bruno's increasingly desperate attempts to hit the big time. His celebrity interview pilot is described as being "worse than cancer" by a viewer, whilst his attempt at making a sex tape to gain notoriety (with 73 year old Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul !!!???) misfires when the politician storms out calling him "queer as blazes". At this point Bruno starts considering a different approach, he attempts to contact the deceased lead singer of Milli Vanilla through a medium - performing a mime sex act much to the bewilderment of said spiritualist. The shocks come thick and fast, more in the form of a number of set pieces as opposed to a concrete narrative. Bruno tries to get kidnapped and insults a terrorist. Bruno adopts a baby from Africa and baits an indignant talk show audience about it. Bruno tries to become heterosexual, indulges in 'straight' activities and terrifies all the Southerners he encounters by failing to keep his gay traits hidden. He fails miserably on each occasion but vows to carry on in his efforts, culminating in a spectacularly uncomfortable finale for both the viewer and all the unknowing participants involved.

              You really have to admire the balls of this guy. SBC is resolutely unflappable despite the responses he induces from people who stray into his path. Whether insulting a 'terrorist leader' by telling him that 'Your king Osama looks like a dirty wizard' or making out with another man at a cage wrestling bout in front of 1,500 people in Arkansas, Bruno does not miss a beat. To put yourself in possible peril and still still stay takes massive cojones, so if you don't enjoy his subject matter, you've gotta be impressed with his determination. Cohen and Charles have produced an eloquent piece of satire here about our infatuation with celebrity and perceptions of homosexuality. 'Bruno' stretches both, often beyond the borders of decency and good taste. With goings on so outlandish throughout the film's 81 minutes, you have to wonder how many people are in on the joke or how many events were not as they were portrayed (*). Still, as a satire 'Bruno' stands out as being unique: Cohen pushed the bounds of credulity with the likes of Ali G. Here he has gone way beyond, producing a thought provoking piece of work which will either entertain, outrage and cause a flurry of lawsuits (#). Mediocre it certainly isn't.

              (*) http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/31/bruno-israel-terrorist
              (#)http://newsbizarre.com/2009/06/richelle-olson-bruno-austrian.html

              Also on ciao.co.uk by the same author

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                01.03.2010 21:21
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                sick, twisted and cruel but i was almost sick laughing

                What can I say? I am a massive Ali G and Borrat fan so when Sacha Baron Cohen released Bruno I had to see it.
                I thought i had seen everything and couldn't be shocked by this man, I was wrong.
                From the start Cohen pushes the boundaries of what is acceptable to most normal people, dispite watching with my chin on the floor in shock i couldn't prevent myself from watching more.
                The film meanders along and has no real direction or aim other than to disgust and shock and in that capacity it delivers in spades. It is a sad sign of the times that even his most outlandish stunts are believed by the general public.
                It does, however, expose the stupidity of some in the fashion industry and the utterly vacuous parents trying to propel their children into the lime light.
                Staring Sacha Baron Cohen and Gustaf Hammarsten, Bruno is 80 mins of movie you will have to watch through your fingers as you cringe and squirm. But as sick or outlandish as the film gets you will laugh, if you want to or not, and when you do there will be times you feel guilty that you did.

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                  Not a film for everyone, but I loved it!

                  I really wanted to see this when it came out at the cinema but then changed my mind for two reasons; firstly, ticket prices shot right up and secondly because I heard it was awful. Well, curiosity got the better of me and I bought it to download online. Despite me possibly being in the minority, I loved it!

                  The DVD was released in 2009, rated certificate 18 and quite rightly so because of the scenes of nudity, sex and language, so make sure you watch this without the prying eyes of children! It's 78 minutes in total, and although it's relatively short at 1hr and 20 minutes, it packs in plenty of action all the way through.

                  The film centres around the main character, Bruno, the incredibly gay self-pronounced Austrian fashionista. Attempting to make his name in the TV industry, the film takes us across countries as he unsuccessfully tries to become 'world famous'.

                  Probably best known for Ali G, Sacha Baron Cohen has created another poignant character with Bruno, one that he's moulded and become like a second skin. His portrayal of this fashionmonger is excellent, whether you appreciate the tone of humour or not. I must admit I wasn't always that crazy about Ali G, but I later realised that Cohen is actually very talented (though it may not seem like it at first) for creating such flamboyant characters, inventing news ways of causing controversy and pushing the boundaries.

                  Although this is fiction in the sense that Bruno is a made-up character and that many of the scenes are staged (including relations between his on/off partner/manager, much of it is done on whim and captures the public response live. For example, on deciding he will make a video of children to become famous, Bruno asks parents for their consent to allow their children participate. The responses were real, filmed believing the video would make their own children famous... The responses were shocking! This revealed a lot about the other side to fame, and such insights into the taboos and controversial issues are in abundance throughout the film. Another example would be when Bruno sees a gay-converter. That's right, a man who preaches the word of God to transform evil gay people into straight people. I couldn't quite believe it either!

                  The humour Cohen brings to this is fantastic. But I'm not saying it's everyone's cuppa tea. Yes, it's blunt and rude, it's evocative and disgusting, sometimes down right filth, but I couldn't help but laugh! I think it just brings out into the open the reservations and embarrassments people have, so being able to laugh at this really does loosen you up a bit. He also does it in a way that, rather than constantly just being filth for the sake of it, is often designed to either illustrate a point or bring alive his character.

                  Despite being nominated for a few awards, and gaining much publicity, I was quite surprised that there were so many negative reviews for this film. It really does depend on your individual taste, and whether you take this film at face value or look at the ingenuity behind it. At least, I thought it was quite clever in the sense that he plays on the current fears and taboos in a hard-hitting, yet comical way.

                  There were one or two times where I felt like the scene had dragged on for slightly too long, but this didn't really ruin my enjoyment of it because there was plenty of action to keep the pace up, so some time to slow down was probably a good thing.

                  Overall, this really is quite a controversial one, just as Cohen had hoped it would be. It does depend on your taste but I think that if you take a light-hearted approach to it, recognise the reasons behind what he does sometimes and 'go with the flow', you may quite enjoy it. For me, I couldn't stop laughing!

                  2009 DVD £19.99 but selling on Amazon for £5.

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                    2 stars :(

                    Disclaimer: As with all my movie reviews, this is about the film itself rather than the DVD. I generally don't watch extra features or deleted scenes as they are usually removed for a reason and detract from the film as it was intended.

                    Genre: Comedy
                    Year: 2009
                    Key Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten
                    Notes: N/A

                    Overview:
                    Bruno is a 2009 comedy movie that is created by Sasha Baron Cohen. It very much follows in the same vein of humour as his previous titles, especially true for Borat. The movie follows the life of Bruno who after being fired from his own show "Funkyzeit mit Brüno" tries to make it in America.

                    Pros:
                    In my personal opinion the only redeeming factor to this movie was the American public and their reaction to the outrageous things that he does. Compared to Borat this movie has a lot more narrative and storyline but that actually does not help and would have been helped by keeping to the sketch show style or given only a little bit of narrative as in Borat.

                    Cons:
                    Bruno very much follows the same style of comedy shown in Borat a couple of years ago but to a much more graphic level, something you would expect when the description of the main character goes no further than a "Gay and overly camp fashion expert from Austria". This humour in some areas in fine but sometimes goes completely over the top, going from funny to disturbing. Though I suppose this is the exact shock and awe tactics Sasha Baron Cohen is going for

                    Conclusion:
                    Personally I was not a fan of this, granted I enjoyed it at some level especially the reactions of people to his antics but overall this is an very average movie, not great in any areas but it works if your after a few cheap toilet humour fuelled laughs. Definately avoid this one if you're easily offended though!

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                      30.01.2010 14:03
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                      a so-so effort from the usually brilliant Cohen

                      A poor effort by the fantastic Sacha Baron Cohen (Ali G, Borat). Now I love the work done by the creator but Bruno was always his worst character, and I was worried that it wouldn't work for a full feature and I'm afraid I was right. Bruno is just a detestable character, too over the top and self absorbed to feel any sympathy for. I watched this at the cinema and laughed only sporadically throughout the whole length. The story is basically Borat mk 2, as Bruno travels across America (here to become famous) meeting and upsetting/ confusing people. Now this worked brilliantly for Borat because he was loveable and sweet and the responses were hilarious, here it doesn't work because the film seems pretty fake, a lot of the scenarios seem too planned some of the 'unsuspecting' people are surely actors.
                      Yes I was disappointed but don't get me wrong it was amusing throughout its just compared to his other work was below standard.
                      Let's see where Cohen goes next
                      Tony

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                        25.01.2010 18:24

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                        OK....

                        Sacha Baron Cohen continues to push the boundaries of comedy, and Bruno is no exception. Following on from his last film Borat, which was hugely popoular and successful, Bruno had big shoes to step into and it seems they were a bit too big.

                        Bruno is a story based around a hugely and openely gay fashion guru from Austria, where he has his own ridiculous television programme. He goes on a quest to become famous and travels to america in order to fullfil his mission. Cohen seems to have no self-consciousness as he defies self belief in some of his outrageous scenes. But this is what makes Bruno so hilarious. The reaction of the public is priceless and what makes the film, and the story line is simply proposturous.

                        some people liked Bruno, but personally I enjoyed Borat more. It was the amazing people that Cohen highlights in Borat that makes the film so sought after. Bruno on the other hand uses some staged scenes and some which are just too over the top to be funny.

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                        24.01.2010 17:45
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                        Be prepared for a offensive film

                        vaaas up, this film is like marmite, you either love it or hate it! I can understand how some people could find it a bit too much. He does some quite obscene things in this. I think I liked it because I appreciate how brave he was to do some of the things he did, I no I wouldn't of done what he did!
                        It doesn't really have a storyline but thats not really what you watch this film for. It's designed to shock you. It's also not the type of film you'll want to watch with your parents, Especially when you see him making love with his mexican boyfriend using a cross trainer hooked up to a sex toy.
                        I think this is the type of film that would suit someone who doesn't get offended too easily. I have got it on blu-ray, however I would say just get it on DVD because it's not visually worth having on blu-ray. Not for everyone but I appreciated it!

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                          22.01.2010 21:40
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                          A comedy that just isn't funny.

                          Well i purchased the Bruno DVD and watched it expecting a great comedy with plenty of laughs. It couldn't have been further from the truth. What a complete waste of a perfectly good evening.

                          It was a film made in the same style as Borat. Although Borat had funny moments the laughs in Bruno were few and far between. You can see that its trying to be funny but its so far removed from reality that its just stupid.

                          If you are easily offended then this film is definitely not for you. This picture takes political correctness, screws it up and throws it in the bin.

                          The actual story is not much better. Sacha Baron Cohen plays homosexual Austrian Bruno who is attempting to find ways of becoming a famous celebrity; and that's it! Yes, my thoughts exactly!!!

                          Overall a very poor film with no rewards whatsoever and nothing that will live long in the memory. I can only give this film 1 star. Don't waste your time or your money.

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