Bruno Movie Review

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Rather than outline Bruno for you or chew over too many of its finer formal qualities, I want to address the film in a slightly different fashion.

When we get to December, Bruno might not still be the best comedy of the year, but I’ll eat Werner Herzog’s shoe if it isn’t the best documentary. Sacha Baron Cohen and team here paint a picture of our society that we really shouldn’t be looking away from, and share a point of view that we shouldn’t decry out of hand. Even if you decide, after careful consideration, that this movie isn’t showing an accurate view of the world, you at least owe this same world that careful consideration. Myself, I’ve been left amazed how piercing and truthful this portrayal of people actually is.

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Sacha Baron Cohen‘s Bruno had its LA premiere last night, and the show went on with a small part of the film exised, according to the Risky Biz Blog. A Michael Jackson-related scene was cut for the screening, showing Universal’s sensitivity to the news of Jackson’s passing. Read More »

Gay-Friendly Bruno Reshoots Rumored

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According to a new report at The Wrap, Sacha Baron Cohen‘s Bruno was reshot to appease the “Hollywood gay community.” Frankly, if this is true, I’m a little disappointed in the filmmakers for bowing to this pressure. Furthermore, I think it reflects very badly on this community if they are incensed by the movie. There’s absolutely no way that Bruno isn’t, wasn’t, and hasn’t always been a very passionately pro-homosexuality, anti-homophobia piece. The article mentions a few particular individuals that were apparently offended, from Year of the Dog‘s Mike White to the actors Jack Plotnick and Peter Paige. It also includes a video, embedded after the break, in which numerous industry folk let their feelings be known.

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Early Buzz: The First Review of Bruno

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Sacha Baron Cohen‘s new movie Bruno has its premiere party in Paris last night, and BBC’s Jonathan Ross tweeted:

“Was very funny. Not as funny as Borat, but funny.”

But lets forget tweets, the first official review has been published by The Sun. The UK paper notes that Hitler gets a mention every five minutes, and that “the pygmy sex scene is one of the most horrific incidents ever committed to celluloid.” Here is a short spoiler free excerpt from the review:

“To say Brüno makes uncomfortable viewing is an understatement of Battle of Britain proportions. When I wasn’t giggling like a 14-year-old, I was cowering behind my hands.” … “The character does lose a bit of steam towards the end but the musical climax … is a fitting finale.”

Read the full review, which I must warn you: contains spoilers, at thesun.co.uk. Pictured above is Cohen’s nude appearance on the cover of GQ Magazine.

VOTD: Bruno Tea-bags Eminem at MTV Awards

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The one big controversial moment of this year’s MTV Movie Awards involved Sacha Baron Cohen in character as Bruno dressed as an angel flying above the crowd. The scene was reminiscent of Howard Stern’s infamous appearance as Fartman. But when the wires got tangled, Bruno fell down into the crowd, tea-bagging Eminem in the process. The rapper stormed out after getting an extreme closeup of Cohen’s inner buttocks. I wonder if this scene will be inserted into Cohen’s upcoming Borat follow-up? Watch the clip embedded after the jump.
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Bruno Green Band Movie Trailer

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For all of you who were unable to watch the previously released Bruno red band movie trailer, Universal Pictures has premiered a new green band version of the trailer without the nudity, dildos and other NSFW elements. But aside from a couple edits, this new trailer is virtually the same thing. Check it out embedded after the jump thanks to MTV.
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Bruno’s Meinspace is “So 2007″

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Universal Pictures has released a new viral video for Sacha Baron Cohen‘s new film Bruno. I’m not quite sure what to think of it. It’s more strange and awkward than funny. And as The Playlist points out, its strange that a film which is promoting itself using the tagline “Borat was so 2006″ is using MySpace as their viral promotion hub. I can’t even remember the last time I’ve logged into MySpace. Universal must have signed a cross promotional deal with the social network when it was a lot more relevant. Watch the clip after the jump.
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