Excerpt: "Oscar® nominee and Golden Globe® winner Sacha Baron Cohen ('Borat,' 'Da Ali G Show' and 'Talladega Nights') brings you the comedy that has started more conversations, generated more controversy and dared to go further than ever before!
Excerpt: If you’ve ever wondered exactly how far someone can push the envelope, well then you’ve undoubtedly heard of Sacha Baron Cohen. If that name doesn’t ring a bell, well then how about “Borat?” Cohen created a series of characters for his television show “Da Ali G Show” a few years back and is now bringing them to the big screen and seeing how many people (and countries) he can offend.
Excerpt: While considering ways to approach a review of Brüno , the quite funny if membrane-thin new comedy from Sacha Baron Cohen, I first lamented not having written about Borat in 2006. Then it would be easy: Just lift the copy into a new document, change some names and locations, do a find-and-replace with the words "Kazakh" and "gay," riff on homophobia for a bit, and end it. Done. And why not?
Excerpt: For some comedians overpopularity is a real curse. The brilliance of Dave Chapelle was nearly ruined by college kids who couldn’t stop yelling “I’m Rick James Bitch, ” or people who were laughing for all the wrong reasons. Sacha Baron Cohen was nearly ruined for me in the same way with far too many “Borat” (2006) imitations. No I will not give you a high five.
Excerpt: It is easy to forgive Bruno for recycling the limited plot of Borat . Sacha Baron Cohen stars as a foreigner who ends up coming to the US with an assistant, whom he eventually breaks up with, before reuniting in the end. Surely most people who are interested in Bruno have seen Borat , so that is hardly a spoiler. Of course, the spoiler is meaningless because what limited narrative carries the film is purely to push the character of Bruno from one place to the next.
Summary: Despite our increasingly advanced technological wizardry and vast, ever-expanding scientific knowledge, mankind has utterly failed to quantify something as simple, as fundamental to the human experience as comedy. In fact, our every attempt to do so has been as humorous as the subjects we've studied. It seems unspooling humor is as futile a task as catching happiness in a firefly jar.
Excerpt: In the 2009 movie Bruno directed by Larry Charles, Sacha Baron Cohen dons the alias of a gay Austrian fashionista made popular on HBO’s The Ali G Show . In the outset of the movie, Bruno is fired from his show after a mishap at the Milan fashion show involving him and an all Velcro body suit.
Excerpt: 2006’s Borat was a revelation. More than just the funniest movie of that year it was also a piece of stark social commentary. Sacha Baron Cohen walked across America and put unsuspecting idiots under his spell, grinning happily behind a Magnum P.I. mustache and luring them into revealing their bigotry by pretending to be one of them. There was a story there too.