Bruno film review

July 12th, 2009 at 9:58 pm by David Farrar

Just got back from seeing at the Embassy. I laughed throughout most of it – at times with tears, but around half a dozen in the theatre walked out after half an hour!

While it was very very funny, I would agree it is not quite as good as Borat. Borat had much more original humour, while Bruno sort of plays the same joke over and over – seeing people react to such a camp character.

There are graphic sex scenes in the movie – not a film for the squeamish. The initial sex scene with the midget was eye opening – and the first appearance of the bicycle powered dildo!

Particularly memorable scenes were:

  • Bruno with a Lebanese terrorist chieftain, talking about how Osama is so 2001, and now just looks like a dirty old man – the look in his eyes as the translation was given to him was wonderful – amazing they survived!
  • The market research focus group on Bruno’s proposed new show. Hilarious scene as they write down comments like “This is worse than cancer”
  • Telling the all black audience that he got his (black) baby for an iPod and gave it the traditional African-American name of OJ. Superb scene.
  • The psychic who summoned a spirit, and then having Bruno make out with the spirit – while the psychic looks on in horror as Bruno gives the spirit head!

This won’t be a movie for everyone, but I had a great time watching it. Still can’t believe he did not get killed or seriously assaulted during the filming.

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23 Responses to “Bruno film review”

  1. Ruby (105 comments) says:

    Still can’t believe he did not get killed or seriously assaulted during the filming.

    Most of it was staged.

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  2. Jcw (95 comments) says:

    I would agree with that

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  3. Glutaemus Maximus (2,207 comments) says:

    Was the MTV awards Bruno drop in staged?

    Perhaps he just ‘borrowed’ a gantry, and picked out Shady?

    Still funny, but Borat was the last full on shockumentary.

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  4. Grant Michael McKenna (1,160 comments) says:

    Ruby is correct about most of it being staged; there was a very interesting article in the Spectator about it: the way it faked reactions eg the baby adoption discussion to elicit ‘homophobia’ was entirely faked, beginning to end. Not the “Jud Süß” of our times, but moving in that direction.

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  5. Danyl Mclauchlan (1,069 comments) says:

    An awful lot of it did seem staged, but the scene with Paula Abdul seemed pretty real and had me doubled over in my seat with laughter. I thought it was worth seeing for that moment alone.

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  6. Peter (1,712 comments) says:

    >>I just don’t see what’s funny about it.

    You’re not the only one. I liked Ali G (for a while), but switched Borat off half way through. I didn’t find it remotely funny. Purile.

    The Fast Show – now that’s funny!

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  7. infused (654 comments) says:

    Very little of Borat was staged. When they made people sign the waivers, they were from the supposed ‘filming company’. No one had any idea. From what I understand, only the last scene was staged.

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  8. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    I would not have thought it possible to be less interested in seeing this drek than I already was… but you have made it so DPF.

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  9. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    whatever the merits (or not) of this flick..

    way to go dpf..!

    with film review as ‘spoiler’..!

    eh..?

    (i mean..surely at the very least..you should have folded it under..

    ..and issued a spoiler-alert!..

    ..eh..?)

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  10. Glutaemus Maximus (2,207 comments) says:

    Just Fuck off Philu! Like you are ever going to leave your pit, and engage with the Human race at a Cinema.

    Weird Fuck.

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  11. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    yes..gluty..you are right..i do look on most of humanity..with a sense of (ever-mounting) dismay..(to put it lightly)..

    ..and do prefer to keep most of them at a distance..(and engage via whoar..)

    ..and yes..i always go for the aisle seat in a cinema..(so i can ‘get away’ quickly..eh..?)

    ..(very perceptive of you there..eh..?..)

    (and here..in sunny akkers..(the l.a. of the north..)..the sun is currently streaming into my ‘pit’..eh..?

    ..(are you feeling a tad bilious today..?..gluty..?

    ..it could be diet-related..eh..?

    ..try to stop eating that flesh/fat/blood/white-death-dairy..eh..?

    ..you’ll be far less dyspeptic..eh..?.)

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  12. Phil (127 comments) says:

    and the first appearance of the bicycle powered dildo!

    I’m not familiar with many works from the european adult-movie industry, but I’m sure they must have produced such a contraption well before Cohen…

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  13. petal (706 comments) says:

    With Ali a 9, Borat made it to 10, Bruno is barely a 6. Too much of a good thing, I suspect.

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  14. ephemera (557 comments) says:

    @philu

    I tried to work out what you are saying, but gave up after three attempts. A little grammar wouldn’t go amiss.

    Just sayin’

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  15. Sam Buchanan (501 comments) says:

    Cohen has some funny moments, but after a while I get bored with “look at how outrageous I am”, and yearn for some sign of cleverness.

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  16. Dave Mann (1,218 comments) says:

    Chris Doms, nope, you’re not alone in dispising this infantile drek. Borat was tedious boring garbage in my view. I recorded it off TV and couldn’t watch more than 20 minutes of it. Rubbish.

    I think the guy who acts it is a good in parts, but he should limit it to short ‘interviews’ and skits because he gets bogged down in himself and it loses novelty and interest in feature film length.

    The ‘falling onto the homophobe’ skit at the Oscars (or wherever it was) was pretty good, but honestly, how could one sit through that repeated repeated repeated repeated for an hour and a half?

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  17. xxx (34 comments) says:

    yes because we all know that if you are sitting in a seat at a show and a gay man purposely drops onto you so that his balls are in your face, the normal and socially acceptable thing to do would be to start munching. Just to prove you weren’t a homophobe. then when finished, maybe after some seat bound anal sex, stand up and wave to the crowd, at the camera, with big smile and shake the guys hand. the crowd will of course be deeply warmed by your response since the world is so unfair toward gays, they need a break, and any extremes they may demonstrate should be completely and totally accepted. they are, afterall, a different species. Almost a race. Like jews, even.

    of course, in the realworld, you might actually find that even if you dropped a gay man onto a gay man, in the style Cohen used on eminem, he might have punched the fool out. how homophobic of him that would’ve been , eh? can homos be homophobic? what new name can we call it so we don’t have to face facts?

    when you look with open eyes, it’s not about being gay, it’s about not being a fucktard.

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  18. goonix (140 comments) says:

    Is that you Eminem?

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  19. joeAverage (311 comments) says:

    why are gays so testy and bitter, they are a dying section of society due to aids,(slowed by medication) we should feel for them ,should we?????? i dont ps i remember what gay USED to me (HAPPY having a great time in a normal world) demerite me David to appess the gays

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  20. joeAverage (311 comments) says:

    its a weird strange world when the normal have to watch what they say incase of kiwiblog demerites (IN A NORMAL WORLD THAT IS) its a strange old gay world isnt it David but im not gay :)

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  21. GNZ (228 comments) says:

    Rubbing your balls in a strangers face (particularly in public) is more about domination than sexuality.

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