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Having stirred up a whirlwind of amusing trouble with Borat: Cultural Learnings, Sacha Baron Cohen’s out to do it all again as Bruno. Bruno is a super-camp, gay-as-you-like Austrian fashionista, who first appeared in sketches on the Paramount Comedy Channel back in 1998, then became part of Da Ali G Show.
After being ousted from the fashion community during a high profile mishap on a Milan runway, Bruno heads to the US to try and straighten himself out.
Sacha Baron Cohen, Alice Evans, Trishelle Cannatella, Sandra Seeling, Ben Youcef, Bono, Chris Martin, Elton John, Slash, Snoop Dogg, Sting, Paula Abdul, Harrison Ford
Larry Charles ('Borat', TV's 'Seinfeld', 'Curb Your Enthusiasm')
Sacha Baron Cohen
(R16) contains offensive language, sexual references and other content that may offend | Comedy | USA | Official Website
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Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)
A no-holds-barred comedy permitting several holds I had not dreamed of. The needle on my internal Laugh Meter went haywire, bouncing among hilarity, appreciation, shock, admiration, disgust, disbelief and appalled incredulity.Click to read full review.
A patchy, hit-and-miss comedy with a few outrageous highs and a lot of just-okay padding, Brüno suggests that Sacha Baron Cohen's in-your-face fool routine sadly isn't working any more.Click to read full review.
Bruno is only intermittently funny and all too often the "ambushes" of celebrities and civilians look staged. The movie is even a tad -- dare we say it? -- tedious.Click to read full review.
Total Film (UK)
As phoney and frustrating as it is funny. Baron Cohen’s comedy-outsider schtick is slick but well and truly found out. The clothes may be new and more fabulous, but the emperor seriously needs to go shopping.Click to read full review.
Undeniably funny, outrageous and boundary-pushing, this further documentation of Sacha Baron Cohen's sheer nerve will draw an abundant share of "Borat" fans.Click to read full review.
Andreas Heinemann, Flicks.co.nz
While in many ways Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest effort stays true to the formula that has been so successful to this point, there are also some subtle but notable differences this time round, both in Coen’s approach and in comparison to Bruno’s TV segments.
There are still the ambush interviews and public stunts where the unaware are caught on camera with their hypocrisies and ignorance amplified for the whole world to see. Padding this out are some moments of gross out humour with the volume turned way up, seemingly designed to drop your jaw as much as split your sides. These moments predominantly play on Bruno’s homosexuality, which was a pretty incidental character trait in his previous appearances. It’s kind of sad that this angle has eclipsed the fashion satire because that stuff is solid gold and gets more consistent laughs than the gay gags. Everything seems a lot more structured and scripted this time too, possibly because after so long doing his guerrilla brand of humour, his subjects are starting to wise up. As a viewer, you’ll probably spend at least a little time wondering which material is faked.
These are small flaws as I haven’t been in an audience that laughed as loud and long for ages. Some people will be disgusted and offended, but hey, that’s the nature of quality comedy.