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Bruno (Reversible Sleeve)

Released on 09 November 2009

Featuring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten & Clifford Banagale

Format: DVD | Rating: 18 years & over

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Sacha Baron Cohen and Borat director Larry Charles reunite to bring the brilliantly tasteless exploits of Bruno to the big screen! When Europe turns its back on Bruno, he crosses the ocean to find fame in the US, but how will the American public take to the outrageous Austrian? Very badly!

When clueless homosexual fashionista Bruno, the presenter of Funkyzeit (the most popular fashion programme in every German-speaking country apart from Germany), is effectively banned from Europe following a disastrous incident at a show, he sets his sights on America. With his former assistant's assistant, Lutz, as his only ally, the fashionmonger tries to conquer the US as only he knows how - as tastelessly as possible! Will Bruno achieve the fame he so desperately craves?

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Borat helmer Larry Charles (director/executive producer on Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm) returns to direct fearless comedy assassin Sacha Baron Cohen (Talladega Nights) in Bruno - a socio-political satire about the American cult of celebrity, fashion and the treatment of homosexuals. The third of Baron Cohen's comic creations to make a cinematic bow following Ali G Indahouse: The Movie and Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan, the flamboyantly homosexual, clueless Austrian fashion guru is even more extreme and provocative. So, how does he translate to the big screen?

Mixing staged scenes with real-life footage, Bruno is a mockumentary that pulls no punches. From Bruno's unsuccessful stint on NBC's Medium to an appearance on The Richard Bey Show - where he reveals to an African American audience that he swapped an iPod for his black baby, OJ - the film keeps on pushing the line further and further. Exposing narrow-minded homophobia through humour in much the same way as Borat tackled racism, it's hard not to watch certain scenes without cringing, or sometimes fearing for Baron Cohen's life - the denouement at Straight Dave's Man Slammin' Maxout in Fort Smith, Arkansas, provokes a near riot! It's a damn funny movie, revelling in absurdity, confrontation and reaction. Would any other comedian attempt to seduce a former presidential candidate or encounter the homophobic religious group Westboro Baptist Church whilst trapped in a bondage mechanism with another man?

Bruno is arguably even funnier than Borat, and its satirical elements are certainly stronger and even more provocative. The last of his televised characters to switch to the big screen, what now for Baron Cohen? Is he now too recognisable to get away with this style of mockumentary? Personally, we'd love to see what Bruno and Lutz did next, or even a Borat sequel, but maybe it's time for the comedian to step out from behind his celebrated comic guises and tackle something new? If he can top Bruno then we'd definitely like to see it!
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  • Alternative Scenes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended Scenes
  • An Interview With Lloyd Robinson
  • Enhanced Commentary - go behind the cameras and hear the facinating true stories of how Sacha Baron Cohen and
  • Larry Charles pulled off their unscripted stunts.

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 Average rating (73 reviews)

 The Most Important Comedy Ever Made?

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Sacha Baron Cohen was initially regarded (at least by myself) to be a slightly-uninspired comedian making most of his barely audible laughs out of the satirical character Ali G.

Amidst his other comedic creations - including the popular Borat - was that of the titular Brúno.

Brúno was a homosexual member of the fashion elite, incredibly open with regards to his sexuality which is where most of the humor arose. Even though this character wasn't especially popular - and seemed to be a one-trick-pony as far as the jokes were concerned - Sacha has chosen him to be the centre of his new venture.



Really; Wow.

Most modern comedies rely either on a well written script, a well made film or a well chosen cast. Brúno has it all. It literally delivers on every beat, with perfect timing, delivery and substance. Barely five minutes will pass without you laughing uncontrollably or cringing wholeheartedly.

The plot, (which there isn't a lot of since it tends towards the documentary side of filmmaking), focuses on the idol himself trying to become famous in the USA after being effectively ostracised from the fashion scene in his mother Austria.

The exploits which follow are as interesting as they are hilarious. As well as being ridiculously over the top with regards to the situations Brúno finds himself in, each one highlights either the idiocy, ignorance, ridiculousness or stupidity of modern conventions and opinions.

Be it emphasising how fad and trend-based contemporary culture happens to be or stressing the sheer lack of intelligence people can have when it comes to a persons sexuality, Brúno accomplishes everything that Sacha set out to achieve.

This is illustrated to the point of epitome come the denouement of the movie. So as not to spoil it entirely, Brúno essentially does what Brúno sets out to do....at a place none other than an anti-homosexuality ultimate fighting tournament.

The entire film can easily be said to be very important, owing to the messages it conveys. It shines a light - albeit a humerous one - on the more taboo subjects in society that we seem to denounce as being taboo or wrong, and forces us to re-evaluate such unfair opinions.

I can't recommend this movie enough (at this point, it's still in theatres) and is worth every penny you happen to pay in order to watch it.

Better than Borat by a thousand miles, which in my opinion, is saying something.

Unmissable. Truly.


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A brilliantly cringeworthy creation from Sacha Baron Cohen. Not one to watch with the parents!

 Such A Dissapointment

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My goodness where to start to fault this movie! I got this at christmas expecting something brilliant after Borat & Ali G but this was such a let down. It was offensive, vulgar, unfunny and also quite embarrasing to watch! It seems Sasha has run out of ideas and how people can call this entertainment i don't know. If you want a funny film get Borat!

 superb artistic comedian

| | See all scottfindlater's reviews (95)

How is he still alive???? Just superb, way over the mark comedy in the usual Sacha Baron Cohen style. The extras are fantastic too.

 Excellent - Exposes the Prudes!

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This film definitely, as can be seen from the previews bad reviews, exposes the prudent of us due it's brutal lack of regard for convention.

Cohen tears down the barriers of what is classed as 'acceptable' or remotely safe in comedy and provides us with a piece of comedy laced with controversy, ranging from sex, race and homosexuality.

If you are uncomfortable with any of the above, you may well not want to see this but perhaps you should, in order for you to be able to deal with your issues and get past them; have a laugh as is Cohen's intention.

People should bear in mind that it is only satire at the end of the day, this man purposely plays on what offends audiences in an effort to make them question why, and through the film itself exposes some of the negative traits of human beings, and in some cases what are perceived as negative traits and portrays them in a comedic way.

Personally I thought it was equally as funny, if not funnier than Borat.

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ActorsSacha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten, Clifford Banagale, Bono, Chris Martin, Elton John, Slash, Sting, Snoop Dogg, Miguel Sandoval, Paula Abdul & Harrison Ford
DirectorLarry Charles
Certificate18 years and over
ScreenWidescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Additional LanguagesGerman
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired ; Dutch ; German
Duration1 hour and 18 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.