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: "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: 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.
Conclusion: So, as Brüno asked in his proposed talk show: "keep it, or abort it?" That's for you to decide. 'Brüno' isn't for everyone, be they fans of the show or virgins to the character. The film doesn't degrade homosexuals in any way (quite the opposite, in fact, rooting out homophobia), and is only likely to truly offend those who have issues with gays. While the Blu-ray is far from demo material, one couldn't honestly expect that.
Conclusion: Brüno is a bizarre blend of uncomfortable encounters, unsettling comedy, and disturbing reactions. While it's extremely funny at times, it lacks heart and vision; while I caught myself laughing far more often than I care to admit, I was left feeling empty and dissatisfied. Thankfully, Universal's Blu-ray release is a bit more fulfilling.
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. After being blacklisted by the European fashion world, Bruno decides to head to Los Angeles with the hopes of becoming “the biggest Austrian superstar since Hitler.