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Bruno Review


Bruno

Bruno was just way over the top. While there was an innocence to Borat, Bruno was just an asshole.

My rating 2 Stars

Two men engage in what can only be described as vile, disgusting, and revolting acts. As both men strip naked, one bends over while the other inserts a fire extinguisher up the fart box of the other and pulls the trigger. The man’s corn hole begins to leak out and spray fire retardant foam all over the place and back at the other man. If I haven’t lost you yet, I wonder, do you find that humorous? Maybe if you saw it you would think differently.

How about if I told you that over ninety nine point nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine (deep breath) nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine (deep breath) nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine (deep breath) nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine (deep breath) of normal decent human beings would not find that or these repeating nines very funny? The fire extinguisher thing is disgusting and repulsive and the repeating nines are just fucking annoying! So why in the flipping cup do people find Sasha Baron Cohen so entertaining? I don’t get it!

I first heard of him when I watched Borat and I’ll admit, I thought Borat was hysterical. I thought that was an interesting concept; it was fresh and very creative. Like many people, I thought Sasha was pure genius and I wanted more. I immediately went on the Comedy Networks OnDemand channel (at least, I think that’s where it was. I could be wrong!) and downloaded my first episode of the Ali G. Show. After only three minutes of pure drivel I realized that this dirt bag is not only an idiot, but he’s not funny at all! Sasha relies on the mean spirited side of humans to get a laugh. He uses people, humiliates them, and embarrasses them all for the sake of his idea of entertainment. It’s one thing to poke fun of stupid people, that’s what they are there for. However, when one goes out of their way to purposely demean and be cruel to people, that might be stepping over the line between funny and being an asshole.

I am not a prude. I don’t mind a good practical joke. They can be very funny. However, Sasha takes things too far. Packing a stadium with gay hating rednecks with the promise of cheep beer and entertainment only to show them two men making out is not my idea of good comedy. In fact it is irresponsible and thoughtless. People could have gotten hurt, killed or worse, sued! I wonder, would you laugh if someone were to push an old lady into a swimming pool and leave her to drown? If you think that is funny then you’ll find this movie hysterical.

This movie was made in the similar spirit to Borat; however, I thought it was way over the top. There was a certain innocence to Borat, he was new to the country and people were more than willing to help him. Sasha just pointed out the ignorance of people’s knowledge of foreigners. Borat was an attempt to show how ignorant American’s can be to other cultures. Bruno on the other hand was just a jerk and there is nothing funny about jerks! Bruno was about humiliating people shamelessly without any real reason.

In the entire Bruno film there was only one scene that was really in the spirit of Borat. Bruno was holding auditions for a baby photo shoot. He met the babies and their parents and held one on one interviews with the parents asking them questions like, “Is your child comfortable working with pets? Are they allergic to anything?” They never showed most of the parents so we’ll never know from watching the movie the responses from perhaps normal people. Instead they focused on these two individuals who would do just about anything for their child to get the part in the photo shoot. And when I mean anything, I mean ANYTHING. Bruno asked the parents if their child had issues with bees, being crucified, losing weight, each request got more and more ridiculous and outrageous and what is more remarkable was that the parent of these two children all agreed to do each one of these ridiculous and outrageous things.

If Bruno had focused on that instead of some of the other stuff they did in the movie this would have been a much better film. No, instead they focused on pulling inappropriate pranks on people, hounding celebrities and enraging homophobes.

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