Saturday, 18 July 2009

Film Review: Brüno

I have been so looking forward to seeing this because I think Sacha Baron Cohen is hilarious. I was in a bit of a panic when me and boyf settled in to watch the film and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince came on. Turns out they had sent us to the wrong screen. After that initial panic we got seated in the correct screen and 2 seconds into the film I was laughing my head off. I mean proper belly laughs, which were so loud boyf got a bit embarrassed and told me to stop laughing so loudly. It wasn't just me, one girl laughed so hard she snorted.

This film stars none other than the ballsy Sacha Baron Cohen himself and tells the story of Brüno, presenter of Funkyzeit who after he is banished from the fashion world following an incident with his new velcro jumpsuit, heads to LA to be the "most famous Austrian since Hitler". What ensues in his attempt to become world famous is a series of hilarious stunts such as swapping his i-pod for an african baby, trying to bring peace in the middle east but getting Hamas confused with housmous and in an attempt to get himself kidnapped tells a terrorist leader in Lebanon that he thinks Osama Bin Laden looks like a “dirty wizard”. Luckily for Cohen he is just asked to leave at this point and it seems throughout the entire film gets away with not being killed. The simulated gay sex scene at an anti-gay fighting ring gets quite violent as the crowd start throwing metal chairs at him.

The film is full of stunts and the odd celeb wind up, trying to make a sex tape with Ron Paul -the 2008 presidential candidate and interviewing Paula Abdul about her humanitarian work while they use his mexican gardeners as chairs.

There are a mix of actors and reality stars in the film, some so unbelievable its almost hard to believe they are not acting. One mother had no problems with her baby 'losing 10 pounds' for a photo shoot!

The film is more shocking than Borat ever was. Just think the naked fight scene times about 10. How most of this footage got passed the cut I don't know because it was for me without doubt one of the most shocking films I have ever seen but possibly one of the funniest. Baron is a truely dedicated comedian who will see a joke right through to the very end.


  1. I did enjoy Borat and have heard Bruno is even more excruciating, so I'm looking forward to seeing it!

  2. lol your in for a treat. let me know what you thought. i defy anyone not to laugh a lot!!

  3. This is when I have to admit that I just can't stand Sacha Baron Cohen!! I found Borat painful to watch so I'm afraid that I'm going to have to pass on this movie!!

    C x

  4. C - He is a bit like Marmite. I wouldn't want to be caught on the end of one of his jokes but I think some people deserve his bad taste humour (not all though).