Brüno: The Feel Good Family Comedy of Summer

Land of Punt thought Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan was the greatest comedy of all-time.

Then again we’ve only seen two comedies, Captain Ron and The Gods Must Be Crazy II.

The man behind the movie Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Sacha Baron Cohen, is the same man that’s behind the mov Brüno.

Sacha Baron Cohen is Bruno.

Sacha Baron Cohen is Brüno.

Only instead of an unctuous, racist Kazakh journalist, Brüno is an offensive gay fashion reporter from Austria.

Like Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Brü utilizes guerrilla tactics of performing in situations where the only people in on the joke are himself, the crew, and the aud.

Brü, like another alter-ego of SBC Ali G, interviews people that apparently unaware of the premise. Paula Abdul and Ron Paul were “supposed” vics of Brü’s unique interviewing skills.

Despite what the f-makers say, LOP believes the entire f was staged, or at least staged more than what Cohen would admit too. Certainly less ad-libbing than Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

How could someone like Brü, caked in make-up, clad in a costume and acting like a cartoon, fool anyone. Okay maybe he could fool AI’s PA’s but there’s no way Brü could fool her camp.

RP, since he’s basically a nerd, probably has no idea who SBC is but his people do (it’s called vetting). And If Paul’s people were actually fooled by Brü, which we highly doubt, there’s no way the Sen would have allowed his segment to remain in the f had it actually been an ambush.

Brüno and his baby O.J. on a Dallas area talk show.  the little fellow was wearing a t-shirt that read "Gayby."

Brüno and his baby O.J. on the set of a Dallas-area talk show. The little fellow was wearing a t-shirt that read Gayby.

The vie ends with Brü singing a song in a recording studio with Bono, Sting, Chris Martin, Elton John, Slash and Snoop Dogg. If SBC is powerful enough to woo those giants into his flick then he can get anyone to do anything.

Had Brü wanted to maintain the illusion that the f or a majority of the f was “real,” he needed to leave the music video on the cutting room floor.

Enough about whether or not Brü is fake or real, that’s about as fruitless as discussing whether or not pro wrestling is real. The real quesh is Brü as good as or better than Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan?

Brü is very funny, almost as funny as Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. SBC’s performance is phenomenal. He maybe the best talent working in the biz of show today.

However, Brü lacks the charm of Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. Brü is not nearly as likable (relative) to Borat, in fact Brü is quite despicable. Not because he’s gay but because he’s superficial, licentious and Austrian.

Bruno hit theaters July 10th, 2009.

Brüno hit theaters July 10th, 2009.

The movie also lacks the cohesive story of Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

Brü meanders. You don’t really like him, and you certainly can’t identify with him, so you really don’t care what happens to him.

Like Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Brü has moments that are very uncomfortable to watch. It will definitely make you squirm. Thankfully the vie is expertly paced so the uncomf scenes aren’t excruciatingly long.

When Brü makes fun of “unsuspecting” celebs it’s really funny because we generally don’t like “unsuspecting” celebs (Abdul gets really humiliated). When he makes fun of everyday folk the mov does get a little mean—Brüno the bully.

Another note: all the hatred and ignorance the flick exposures (or dramatizes) can be a little distracting.

If you have aversion to sex acts and penises, you should avoid Brü, which is the only H-wood feature we know that actually had “sex rigging” in the creds.

Brüno crashes a fashion show.

Brüno crashes a fashion show with his Velcro suit.

Needless to say, Brü is extremely graphic—be weary if you’re sensitive to this type of stuff. Several scenes in the movie had “areas” blacked out or blurred. It’s not often that you see censorship in a mainstream movie.

Yet, the live sex acts, the gay live sex acts, the simulated sex acts, the simulated gay sex acts are not gratuitous. All the naughty stuff are necessary components of comedy bits. In fact, Brü did the best sodomy shtick we’ve ever seen.

SBC does do some straight comedy (no pun intended). There are several funny mo’s in Brüno that don’t involve the P’is or sodo. If he wanted to SBC could make a very funny tradish com.

Of course we’ve all seen tradish coms before. The only time we’ve seen a vie like Brü was back in ’06 with Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

Still, Brü go places, makes jokes and does things that no other mov, besides Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, have the courage to do.

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NOTE: Brüno took in $30.4 million in its first weekend enough to be tops at the box office.

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