Reviewed by: Ethan Samuel Rodgers
GAY—What’s wrong with being gay? Answer
Homosexual behavior versus the Bible: Are people born gay? Does homosexuality harm anyone? Is it anyone’s business? Are homosexual and heterosexual relationships equally valid?
What about gays needs to change? Answer
It may not be what you think.
What does the Bible say about same sex marriages? Answer
Can a gay or lesbian person go to heaven? Answer
If a homosexual accepts Jesus into his heart, but does not want to change his lifestyle, can he/she still go to Heaven?
What should be the attitude of the church toward homosexuals and homosexuality? Answer
Read stories about those who have struggled with homosexuality
NUDITY—Why are humans supposed to wear clothes? Answer
What are the consequences of sexual immorality? Answer
|Featuring:||Sacha Baron Cohen (Brüno), Gustaf Hammarsten (Lutz), Clifford Bañagale (Diesel), Chibundu Orukwowu (O.J.), Chigozie Orukwowu (O.J.), Josh Meyers (Kookus), Toby Hoguin (Mexican Gardener #1), Robert Huerta (Mexican Gardener #2), Gilbert Rosales (Mexican Gardener #3), Thomas Rosales Jr. (Mexican Gardener #4), Marco Xavier (Mexican Gardener #5), Bono (Himself—'Dove of Peace'), Chris Martin (Himself—'Dove of Peace'), Elton John (Himself—'Dove of Peace'), Slash (Himself—'Dove of Peace'), Snoop Dogg (Himself—'Dove of Peace'), Sting (Himself—'Dove of Peace'), Lloyd Robinson (Himself), Paula Abdul (Herself—uncredited), Domiziano Arcangeli (Fashion Show Director in Milan—uncredited), Richard Bey (Himself—uncredited), Harrison Ford (Himself—uncredited), Brittny Gastineau (Herself—uncredited), John Grant Gordon (German Male Model—uncredited), David Hill (Reporter—uncredited), Hugh B. Holub (Focus Group Curmudgeon—uncredited), Todd Christian Hunter (Man in Hotel Room—uncredited), Michelle McLaren (Dominatrix—uncredited), Ron Paul (Himself—uncredited), Miguel Sandoval (Himself / D.A. Manuel Devalos—uncredited), Stephen Sepher (Photographer—uncredited), Alexander von Roon (German Reporter—uncredited)|
|Producer:||Everyman Pictures, Four by Two, Media Rights Capital, Jason Alper, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jonah Hill, Anthony Hines, Monica Levinson, Dan Mazer, Jon Poll, Jay Roach, Jeff Schaffer, Todd Schulman, Dale Stern|
“Borat was so 2006”
Someone obviously misinformed Sacha Baron Cohen. Apparently he was told that gay pornography is “humorous.” I think they meant another word… what is it? Awkward? Disgusting? Deeply Disturbing? I suppose not one word can describe this debacle of debauchery and homosexuality that will quickly ruin any movie night, whether it be in a theater or a living room in front of the TV.
“Bruno” plays as though someone waddled into the editing studio and pasted together 20 random sketches of a gay Austrian in different awkward situations in America. Director Larry Charles must have just sat and watched Cohen make a fool of himself. The story is basic: a TV host and celebrity from Austria comes to America to try and become “super famous.” The story, also, follows the romance (if you could call it that) between Bruno and his assistant, Lutz. Other than that, the film is jump transitions from one potty joke to the next.
The film, as a whole, is simply irredeemable. To be crude, crass vulgar and hilarious is one thing. To be all of the above, while, also, being disgusting, ridiculous and brainlessly stupid is another. Cohen’s previous characters (Ali G and most notably Borat) all pushed the envelope, but found ways to be satirical and universally humorous. Bruno on the other hand just isn’t funny. It’s got a few moments, mostly bottom of the barrel shock laughs, but for the better part of the film Cohen is harassing and/or sexually assaulting men, flinging “dildos” across the screen, and thoroughly disgusting both unsuspecting cast members of the film and the audience alike.
The offensive content is impossible to list. The language is worse than just about anything I’ve seen, and the sex is as up close and personal as a late night HBO special. It’s undeniable that the idea behind “Bruno” was a question: “How far can we go?” From minute one, you’re thrust into Sacha Baron Cohen’s world of funny… which mostly involves him dancing around in thong underwear.
If that’s not bad enough, they take some cracks at Christians. Which may be the most humorous and ironic part of the entire film: poking fun at people that are happy and satisfied, when you’re living your life like this? Let’s be honest, when you’re portraying yourself as a gay Austrian for chuckles, you’ve either hit rock bottom or you’ve become a prostitute for laughter. In either scenario, don’t bash the guy to your left or right who’s happy, take a step back and try and figure out what you’re living for.
For some reason comedians are running short on jokes. Maybe Cohen is one of them, or perhaps he guessed that this worthless waste of film would get a few chuckles and guessed wrong. It’s strange, throughout the entire film no one on screen laughs at him. No extra or supporting cast member cracks a smile, giggles or grins. They all just stare awkwardly and confused. I won’t be surprised when audiences follow suit and give Cohen the pass. If he wants to be funny again, he’ll have to earn my respect, and I’m sure the respect of many other followers. If he’s going to do that, he might need to get a focus group together, or at the very least a studio audience, to rediscover what’s funny. Because “Bruno,” unlike it’s predecessors, is everything but.
Violence: None / Profanity: Extreme / Sex/Nudity: Extreme
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.