Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Year 2, Day 26 - 1/26/10 - Movie #391

BEFORE: This fits in with my theme, since the Brüno character is some kind of fashion news reporter or TV host or something - and when this movie was filmed, apparently some people didn't know if it was real or not, just like with "Borat".

THE PLOT: Flamboyant Austrian fashionista Brüno takes his show to America.

AFTER: Yeah, this guy probably should have just stopped after "Borat". No way could this movie be as funny as that one, or have as many people doing imitations of the main character.

This guy sure likes to push the envelope - he went from nude wrestling in one film to explicit gay sex in the next. And it's just a character, right? Sure it is...

Yeah, there's a lot of Sacha Baron Cohen's signature interviewing style, where he meets with politicians or ministers or redneck hunters, and conversationally finds ways to get them to incriminate themselves. That hasn't changed, but this guy can't pull off the gay Austrian thing as well as he could the simple Kazahkstani immigrant.

Of course, he goes out of his way to shock and offend, bringing his adopted African baby "O.J." out in front of a black talk-show audience, or making out with a guy in front of a crowd of wrestling fans. I guess now we know what would happen if the gay subtext in the WWE ever manifested itself. The trick here is figuring out which of the interviewed subjects or guest-stars are in on the joke...

With cameos by Paula Abdul, Elton John, Slash, Bono, Sting, Snoop Dogg, Harrison Ford, and a lot more penises than I'm used to seeing in a movie...

RATING: 5 out of 10 bottles of champagne

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